A parklet is an expansion of the sidewalk into one or more on-street parking spaces to create people-oriented places. Parklets introduce new streetscape features such as seating, planting, bicycle parking, or elements of play. Parklets encourage pedestrian activity by offering these human-scale “eddies in the stream,” which is especially beneficial in areas that lack sufficient sidewalk width or access to public space.
“The Parklet Application contains step-by-step instructions for creating a Parklet in your neighborhood.”
You’ve filled out all the draft worksheets and forms embedded in the Parklet Application. You’ve also collected the application materials specified in the application. Click below to submit your application the preferred way: through our online-application portal.
Online Application Form
Q: What are the benefits to a Parklet?
A: People St aims to convert small areas of street space into people space. A People St Parklet converts one or more on-street parking spaces into people-oriented places. Parklets introduce new streetscape features such as seating, planting, bicycle parking, or elements of play. Parklets encourage pedestrian activity by providing a space that breaks from the flow of pedestrian traffic, which is especially beneficial in areas that lack sufficient sidewalk width or access to public space.
Q: Who can be a Partner?
A: Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Community Benefit Districts (CBDs), nonprofits and community organizations, and other eligible organizations may apply to become Community Partners. Community Partners are responsible for the operation, management, and maintenance of the Parklet, and retaining at least $1 million in General Liability Insurance.
Q: How large are Parklets?
A: Parklets can repurpose one to three parking spaces.
Q: Are Parklets open to the general public?
A: Yes. All Parklets in the City of Los Angeles are open and accessible to the general public at all times. Parklet users do not need to be patrons of local businesses in order to enjoy the Parklet.
Q: What is the cost of installing a Parklet?
A: A typical Parklet costs about $40,000–80,000. This includes materials, but does not include design or construction services or yearly ongoing maintenance. Average Parklet costs will vary based on length of Parklet, type of Parklet selected from the Kit of Parts for Parklets, and design consultant/general contractor fees.
Q: How long will it take to install a Parklet?
A: It takes about one to two weeks to install a Parklet once it has received final approvals. From initial application approval to final approval, it take around 1 year for coordination and construction documentation.
Q: What happens if the Parklet gets damaged or vandalized?
A: The Community Partner is responsible for repair and replacement of Parklet elements that may become damaged or vandalized.
Q: How do you protect the people in the Parklet from vehicles?
A: Mandatory features include heavy planters, wheel stops, a defined perimeter treatment, and retro-reflective tape and posts, along with site location selection criteria. See the Kit of Parts for Parklets Technical Appendix for detailed information on these delineation elements.
Q: Does LADOT offer grants to cover the Community Partner’s capital costs?
A: LADOT does not offer grants to fund financial responsibilities of Community Partners for People St projects. Community Partners are encouraged to solicit grants, pro-bono assistance from design professionals, and materials sponsorships/ donations to offset project costs.
Q: Should a People St Applicant wait until their application is approved to apply for grants to fund their project’s costs?
A: Applicants are encouraged to secure or begin the process of securing funding for costs associated with the design of the proposed project prior to applying. After a project’s initial application is approved, more formal grant relationships can be solidified by the Community Partner and their grantor.
An evening of celebration for the People St program, Community Partners, Downtown community, and supporters.
People St is pleased to announce the official opening of Motor Ave Parklets.
People St is excited to kick off the new year with the opening of Hope St Parklet