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Parklet Program

2020 Parklet Update

We believe that public spaces where people can gather and interact, such as parklets, are an important asset to our community. However, in light of COVID-19, we will not be deploying our City-owned parklets for the 2020 season. This is a time of unprecedented uncertainty; we will post updates on the status of this program as available on this website.

Our Parklet Program

Parklets provide seasonal public space and are designed for people to relax and enjoy the city.

Parklets are an innovative way to add gathering space to public streets. Parklets are streetscape enhancements and provide amenities like seating, plantings, bike parking and/or public art. They are publicly accessible and open to all. Parklets are installed in the space adjacent to the curb (often a parking or loading zone) and are designed as an extension of the sidewalk. Some parklets are funded and maintained by neighboring businesses, residents or community organizations, and some are owned by the City of Minneapolis. These parklets are provided in collaboration with neighboring businesses and community organizations. Advertising and other commercial activities are not permitted in parklets. 

Parklet program overview (pdf)

City-owned parklets:  The City of Minneapolis owns three parklets that are hosted by various businesses each year. In 2019, city-owned parklets were hosted at the following locations:

Interested in hosting a city-owned parklet? Fill out the Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist in the Application Materials section below.

Parklet Hyde Devel Mid Page
 Image courtesy of Hyde Development

In 2017 and 2018, City staff conducted an evaluation of past parklet sites. See what parklet hosts had to say about their parklet experience: 2017 Parklet Host Survey Results (pdf)

Street Café Pilot Program

Street Café Pilot Program

A street café is a seasonal expansion of the existing sidewalk to be used for additional restaurant or business seating.

Street cafés operate as an extension of a business, are located in the space adjacent to the curb (often a parking or loading zone) and can be reserved for customer use only. For more information on the requirements for street cafes, see the Street Café Supplement (pdf)

How do I apply?


Please read the Parklet Application Manual and/or Street Café Supplement to familiarize yourself with the program requirements and guidance. The City of Minneapolis Parklet Application Manual and Street Café Supplement is intended to guide applicants through the process and procedures for applying to install a parklet or street café. It provides a comprehensive overview of the program, policies, procedures, criteria and guidelines for creating parklets and street cafes in the City right-of-way.

Business owners, property owners, and other potential applicants are encouraged to read the manual prior to the application process.

Parklet Application Manual (pdf) 

Street Café Supplement (pdf)

Application Materials

Applicants must first submit online the Proposed Parklet or Street Café Site: Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist (below), prior to application submittal. Once your Confirmation of Eligibility has been received, City Staff will contact you within a few days.

City staff will review proposed sites for:

  • Potential conflict with upcoming street projects
  • Traffic patterns
  • Street regulations
  • Roadway geometry
  • Operational considerations

Once applicants receive confirmation that the site proposed through the Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist is approved, applicants will be invited to complete a Parklet Application or  a Street Café Application.


Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist


Map of community and commercial corridors, activity centers, and commercial nodes (pdf)

Parklet Application


Street Café Application

Street Café License 

Resources from Other Cities

Previous Parklet Seasons


    2019 Parklet Locations

     Parklets 2019 Collage

Contact Us

General Questions: [email protected]

Parklet Program Staff

Amy Morgan, Public Works, Associate Transportation Planner. [email protected]

Street Café Program Staff

Craig Eliason, Community Planning and Economic Development, District Supervisor, Licenses and Consumer Services. [email protected]


Last updated May 27, 2020



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