Thanks for visiting the Friendly Streets Initiative parklet! A parklet is a seasonal extension of the sidewalk, open to the public to gather, relax, and enjoy. This parklet is sponsored by the Friendly Streets Initiative and was constructed by Glow Ox Builders, LLC using the Minneapolis Parklet Program’s specifications as a model. Have ideas or feedback for us? Click here to take the Parklet survey! Participants are entered to win a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant. You can also comment below or post a photo on social media with the hashtag #stpaulparklet to share your parklet stories with us.
The parklet most recently paid a visit to Johnny Baby’s at 981 University Avenue near Chattsworth from September 23rd through early October. This installation was a small part of larger efforts being made by the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) along with seven businesses, Aurora/St. Anthony NDC, LISC & C4 Initiative, Historic St. Paul, Friendly Streets Initiative, Springboard for the Arts and the City of St. Paul Planning and Economic Development to implement an exterior improvement program focused on revitalizing business locations between Victoria and Lexington Light Rail Stations. Potential long-term improvements include a pocket park or privately owned public green space in the Johnny Baby’s parking lot, and Johnny Baby’s is a winner of the most recent round of Knight Green Line Challenge grants.
The first pilot run of the Friendly Streets Parklet was co-sponsored by the Union Park District Council and installed near the Starbucks at Selby at Snelling from August 21st through September 13th 2015. Thanks to SweatShop Fitness and City of Saint Paul Public Works for helping make this happen.