In 2011, UCD worked with the City of Philadelphia to pilot Philadelphia’s first Parklets, thanks to funding from the William Penn Foundation. These innovative temporary seating platforms transform parallel parking spaces into a place to sit, relax, eat and enjoy street life. Parklets are landscaped with planters and a decorative railing, furnished with movable café tables and chairs, and add a distinct vibrancy to the neighborhood. 

Parklets are a coordinated effort between our Planning and Economic Development department, our Public Space and Maintenance crews and  our Green City Works landscaping social venture. UCD’s process has informed how the City has implemented Parklets in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

In 2015 UCD gained national attention due to the publication of The Case for Parklets: Measuring the Impact on Sidewalk Vitality and Neighborhood Businesses. The study describes how Parklets can bring life to public spaces and business to neighborhood establishments. Key findings from the report included that: Parklets can attract an enormous number of users (over 150 unique users throughout day in 240 square feet that otherwise would have hosted one or two parked cars); installation coincided with a substantial (~20%) boost in sales for nearby businesses; and Parklets can have considerable spillover effects on nearby sidewalks and spaces.

Visit the Parklets yourself and enjoy our outdoor seating!

If you are interested in hosting a parklet, please contact Nate Hommel at [email protected]

Parklets

Locations

Locations of our 2017 parklets: 
 
  • 4040 Locust St. (hosted by Ramen Bar)
  • 261 S. 44th St. (hosted by Honest Tom’s Tacos and Lil’ Pop Shop)
  • 4239 Baltimore Ave. (hosted by Green Line Cafe)
  • 801 S. 47th St. (hosted by Fu-Wah Market)
  • 4903 Catharine St (hosted by Little Baby’s Ice Cream)
  • 125 S. 40th Street (hosted by Hai St. Kitchen, Jake's Sandwich Board & Zesto