The city has decided to join a movement that cities across the country are involved in and put a parklet on the the city’s streets. And, rather than fund the purchase of the parklet with funds from general revenues, the City will pay for it from the city’s 4% lodging tax.
A parklet repurposes part of the street into a space for people. Parklets are intended as enhancements to the streetscape, providing an economical solution to the need for increased public open space. They provide amenities like seating, planting, bike parking, and art.
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When first proposed here nearly two years ago, city Parks Director Gary Robinson said, “They could encourage the public to hangout in downtown Anacortes.” Robinson hasn’t pursued his earlier proposal, but another city department is.
The new plan comes from city Planning Director Don Measamer, who said, in a memo to the City council, “The one-time purchase of the parklet, which would be placed in front of various places of business, would create additional gathering places for visitors at various times of the year, especially during events.
The moveable parklet would be placed on a city street, in a single parking stall in the downtown corridor, and relocated in front of various businesses as requested. The parklet would provide additional gathering spaces during events and other times of the year for visitors to Anacortes.
I have not heard back from Don on just when and where the city would install the new parklet.
The Council has earmarked $12,000 from the lodging tax for the parklet, which would be delivered to the city unassembled by Dero of Minneapolis. Minn. and chairs, planters and a table. The Dero Parklet comes in 8 feet long modular decking units (width can be customized based on city specifications), with a galvanized steel frame and optional powder coated railings. The planks are made of recycled paper-based fiber composite that withstands outdoor elements with no maintenance.
The world's first formal public parklets were initially conceived and installed in San Francisco in 2010.
Bellingham got its first public parklet located adjacent to La Fiamma Pizza on Railroad Avenue in August 2012. It was made possible through a partnership with Sustainable Connections and local businesses. It has since been moved to another location.