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Pilot Parklet Initiative

Pilot Parklet Initiative

We are proud to announce the official debut of our pilot parklet program! Our program is a collaborative effort between the Vancouver’s Downtown Association, LSW Architects, Riff Creative, and FrontdoorBack, Retail Design & Visual Merchandising. Parklets are an urban planning technique in which street parking is turned into outdoor seating areas.

Our pilot program was conceived as a creative solution to support our downtown eateries as we enter Phase 2 of reopening. In Phase 2, Vancouver restaurants, coffee shops, and bars are able to host dine-in service, but only at 50% capacity for table seating. These outdoor seating areas will help mitigate the impacts of the 50% occupancy constraint that restaurants face during Washington’s phased reopening. Allowing patrons to sit outside in an open air environment that allows for socially distancing is a unique solution to an unprecedented situation. Our pilot program consists of two locations (pictured: The Mighty Bowl during their 6/9/20 reopening to the public).

Our pilot parklets are being permitted through the City of Vancouver’s Street Eats Program which allows a food service establishment to temporarily locate chairs and tables along sidewalks, in on-street parking areas and in private parking lots in accordance with design guidelines and requirements. If you would like to apply for a Street Eats permit to expand your outdoor seating, please contact For assistance with designing your Street Eats area in Downtown or Uptown Village, including plans, budget and implementation information to replicate the ones currently under construction, please contact

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