Skip to main content

Tiny parklets will return to Minneapolis – but there will be more this time

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

After the success of last year's pilot, the City of Minneapolis is extending a program that allows businesses to create "parklets" in on-street parking spaces.

Last September, the city helped three businesses set up the mini-parks outside their businesses – a clothing shop, an arts center and a coffee shop – which Finance and Commerce says drew about 1,300 visitors in six weeks.

Now the project is being extended, with the city telling the magazine it hopes to have between eight and 15 of the modular parks in place across the city starting from this spring.

Last year, the City spent $25,000 on each of the parks, but thinks that businesses could install their own for around $11,000.

The city believes the parklets will complement the sidewalk cafe culture seen throughout the city during the summer months, and similar initiatives have proved popular elsewhere in the country.

Governing.com has previously called parklets the "next big tiny idea in urban planning," with cities including San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and Long Beach, California, among those having rolled them out.

Minneapolis told Finance and Commerce it has already heard from "more than a dozen" companies interesting in operating a parklet during the warmer weather.

The city published a guide to how businesses should go about planning their parklet, which you can see here.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-17 at 9.39.38 PM

Jordan Greenway runs into Darcy Kuemper, sparks fight

Kuemper got knocked out of the game, leading to the brawl.

Kirill Kaprizov

MacKinnon's controversial goal helps Avalanche top Wild

Kirill Kaprizov's two goals were spoiled by a questionable call.

powell itasca jail jan 2022 resize

Attorney accused of sex assault misses hearing, DMs judge

He was arrested the next day after a warrant was issued,

lorie shaull vulcan snow park st paul winter carnival 2018

Winter Carnival: Get vaccinated or test negative before coming

Organizers are also reminding people to be mindful of the city's emergency regulations.

hospital, emergency room

Driver, 15 years old, hurt when car collides with SUV

The road was wet at the time, the State Patrol said.

Tyler Wahl

Minnesotans have the Badgers back in the national spotlight

Three of Wisconsin's four leading scorers are from Minnesota.

Francisco Liriano

Liriano retires: Remembering his meteoric rise as a rookie

There was no one better than Liriano from mid-May to late-July in 2006.

Related