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A Parklet is the temporary use of space in the dedicated public right-of-way (parking spaces, unused bus stops, and other types of vehicular and non-vehicular zones) for public uses such as seating or bicycle racks. Parklets will be publicly accessible space for the enjoyment and use of all Oakland citizens, and are privately constructed and maintained. It is envisioned that the Parklets will be located in areas with pedestrian activity, as additional seating areas for retail patrons, and in areas where there is a desire to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
Parklets are intended to be seen as pieces of street furniture, providing aesthetic enhancements to the overall streetscape. In place of car parking, a platform is built to extend the grade of the sidewalk into the street. Once the platform is installed, benches, tables, chairs, landscaping, and bike parking can all be placed on top in order to create a Parklet. Parklets must remain publicly accessible and will require signage to this effect. Table service is not permitted, nor is commercial signage or advertising. You do not need to be a customer to use a parklet - they are for everyone!
The Parklet Program is partly an outgrowth of the Park(ing) Day movement, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks on the third Friday in September.