Our Upcoming Events
3860 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, near 39th Street (cosponsored by MLK Cafe & Longfellow Community Association)
The grand opening was on May 12th, 2016.
315 20th Street Parklet (between Webster & Harrison), Sponsored by Divco West
Opened in April 2016.
473 - 477 25th Street Parklet (between Broadway & Telegraph)
On July 1, 2014, the 25th Street Parklet opened in front of Manna Gallery, PHOTO, Mercury 20 Gallery, Roscoe Ceramic Gallery, Slate Contemporary, The Wall Gallery, and 25th Street Collective.
421 40th Street Parklet (sponsored by Manifesto Bicycles & Subrosa Coffee)
On November 3, 2012, the 40th Street Parklet was opened at 421 40th Street (near Webster Street).
33 Grand Avenue, near Broadway (sponsored by Farley's East)
On September 21, 2012, Oakland's first Parklet was inaugurated at 33 Grand Avenue.
Currently, seven Parklets have been constructed with eleven Parklet permits still pending.
Parklets are now being installed throughout the City of Oakland! To see a Google Map of the locations for current and upcoming Parklets, please click here or click the map below.
View Map of Oakland Parklets in a larger map
Other Related Projects
Latham Square Plaza Pilot
For more information about the plaza visit Latham Square Plaza pilot program page.
Parklets Selected for the Pilot Program Extension for 2015
Council District 1
- 420 40th Street, sponsored by Antidote Juicery and Mark Becker Inc.
- 3860 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, sponsored by MLK Cafe and Longfellow Community Association (now built, Grand Opening May 12, 2016)
- 510 51st Street, sponsored by Juhu Beach Club
Council District 2
- 344 12th Street, sponsored by Tay Ho Restaurant
- 3308 Grand Avenue, sponsored by Boot and Shoe Service (same applicant for the Pizzaiolo Parklet at 5008 Telegraph, the Parklet location was moved from 5008 Telegraph to 3308 Grand Avenue)
Council District 3
- 339 15th Street, sponsored by the White Building
- 1628 Webster Street, sponsored by Spice Monkey Restaurant
- 362 17th Street, sponsored by Stag’s Lunchette
- 1540 Broadway, sponsored by Viscera
- 315 20th Street, sponsored by Divco West (now built)
- 2509 Broadway, sponsored by Bay Area Bikes
Council District 4
- 2139 MacArthur Boulevard, sponsored by Hive, the place to bee (now built)
- 3016 MacArthur Boulevard, sponsored by Cafe 3016
- 3715 MacArthur Boulevard, sponsored by The Laurel Cyclery (now built)
Note: No applications were submitted for Council Districts 5, 6, and 7.
Notice of Parklet Opportunity, Applications for Proposal
Parklet Application Period is Now Closed.
Parklet Application Period Was: September 19 - November 17, 2014
Please download the application and view the flyer for more information.
Please see below the Frequently Asked Questions for updated information about the Application and Selection Process.
What is a Parklet?
A Parklet is the temporary use of space in the dedicated public right-of-way (parking spaces, unused bus stops, and other types of vehicular and non-vehicular zones) for public uses such as seating or bicycle racks. Parklets will be publicly accessible space for the enjoyment and use of all Oakland citizens, and are privately constructed and maintained. It is envisioned that the Parklets will be located in areas with pedestrian activity, as additional seating areas for retail patrons, and in areas where there is a desire to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
Parklets are intended to be seen as pieces of street furniture, providing aesthetic enhancements to the overall streetscape. In place of car parking, a platform is built to extend the grade of the sidewalk into the street. Once the platform is installed, benches, tables, chairs, landscaping, and bike parking can all be placed on top in order to create a Parklet. Parklets must remain publicly accessible and will require signage to this effect. Table service is not permitted, nor is commercial signage or advertising. You do not need to be a customer to use a parklet - they are for everyone!
The Parklet Program is partly an outgrowth of the Park(ing) Day movement, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks on September 21st. To learn more about Park(ing) Day, visit their website at http://parkingday.org/ or the Oakland chapter at http://my.parkingday.org/group/oakland?. Park(ing) Day this year is Friday, September 16th, 2016 to find out where to locate pop-up Parklets in Oakland visit Walk Oakland Bike Oakland's (WOBO) website.
Parklets in the News:
Oakland's MLK Cafe's new parklet honors trolley heritage
The Mercury News, May 13, 2016
A ribbon cutting marking the completion of a long awaited parklet project in North Oakland's Longellow neighborhood was held...
Official Press release
City of Oakland, September 19, 2014
City of Oakland Extends Parklet Pilot Program, Seeks Proposals from Community
Official Press Release
Manifesto Bicycles, October 30, 2012
OAKLAND, CA -- Manifesto Bicycles and Subrosa Coffee will host a Ribbon Cutting Event celebrating the grand opening of the 40th Street Parklet on Saturday, November 3, from 2-5 p.m. ...
Official Press Release
City of Oakland, September 21, 2012
In honor of PARK(ing) Day, the City of Oakland held a press conference at the first Parklet completed through its Parklet pilot program. Mayor Jean Quan was joined by...
Slideshow: Oakland's pilot parklet debuts on Grand Avenue
Oakland Tribune, September 21, 2012
Patrons of Farley's East cafe utilize a parklet on Grand Avenue in Oakland on Friday...
Crowdsourcing works: Farley's campaign funds first city parklet
Oakland Local, September 21, 2012
Oakland's Grand Avenue is the first neighborhood to have a parklet, thanks to a campaign by Amy and Chris Hillyard, owners of popular coffee...
Oakland celebrates its First Permanent Parklet With New Pilot Program
KCBS, September 22, 2012
Oakland celebrated International PARK(ing) Day on Friday by unveiling the first permanent public parklet in front of a café near Lake Merritt...
Additional Photos of Parklets in Oakland
33 Grand Avenue Parklet, near Broadway (sponsored by Farley's East)
421 40th Street Parklet, near Webster (sponsored by Manifesto Bicycles & Subrosa Coffee)
473 - 477 25th Street Parklet (between Broadway and Telegraph, in front of 25th Street Collective)
315 20th Street Parklet (between Webster and Harrison)
3860 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Parklet, near 39th St (sponsored by MLK Cafe & Longfellow Community Association), photo by Gene Anderson
Update: Coming Soon to a Curb Near You....
The Actual Cafe Parklet has received their final permit approval and is now awaiting construction. Stay tuned for announcements when it is built and ready for use by the public.
Sponsor: Actual Café
Location: on Alcatraz Ave at 6334 San Pablo
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I get a Parklet in front of my business?
The City of Oakland is no longer accepting applications for the Parklet Pilot Program Extension. Applications were due Monday, November 17, 2014. After this round of Parklets are approved, the City plans to create a permit program where additional applications will be allowed in the future. Please sign up to the "subscribe for updates" at the top right corner of this webpage to receive updates on when the next round of applications will be announced. Please download the application and view the flyer for more information and submittal requirements.
2. Why an Extension of the Pilot Program?
During the initial 2012 Pilot Program, some of the Parklets approved were not built for various reasons, so the City is proposing to extend the pilot program to allow the review of additional Parklet applications while the City works out the details on a future permanent program. Parklets can be an innovative way to improve the pedestrian experience of the City. We hope all residents will benefit from the creativity and initiative of private businesses and community groups in the creation of unique, attractive urban spaces. Parklets have been very successful in Oakland and San Francisco.
3. Why a Temporary Program?
A Parklet is a temporary structure and is not meant to be permanent. It needs to be movable, have access beneath for cleaning and for drainage and also to be re-movable. The initial permit will be for one year, with up to two annual renewals contingent upon the Permit Holder meeting its Maintenance Agreement. Parklet renewals will be charged an annual Renewal Fee. After three years, the Parklet permit may be extended as part of the more permanent program.
4. How were the current Parklets chosen?
Planning staff evaluated the Parklet proposals based on the following criteria:
a) Good location – is the proposed Parklet likely to be well used and active
b) How it enhances the aesthetic quality of the streetscape
c) Demonstrated community support for public space at the proposed location (neighboring businesses and properties)
d) Evidence that the Parklet will be well-maintained
5. Are there problems with building a Parklet on International Boulevard because of the planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?
Because BRT advanced utility relocations are scheduled to start in Fall 2014 and major roadway construction will commence in Fall 2016, building a Parklet at this time appears not to be possible. There will be opportunities for Parklets along International Boulevard in the future, after construction of the BRT is complete. Also, International Blvd. is a Caltrans highway starting at 42nd Avenue to the City of San Leandro, so that would require an encroachment permit form Caltrans as well, which may be difficult.
6. Are Parklets allowed on a road that is also a Caltrans highway?
Parklets that are on a Caltrans highway will need an additional encroachment permit from Caltrans. It is unkown at this time whether Caltrans will approve an encroachment permit for a Parklet.
Roads in Oakland that are also a Caltran highways include:
- San Pablo Avenue (Hwy. 123), north of I-580
- International Boulevard (Hwy. 185), from 42nd Avenue to the City of San Leandro
- 42nd Avenue (Hwy. 77), from I-880 to International Blvd.
- Doolittle Drive (Hwy. 61)
For questions and to submit your Parklet application and letters of support/petition, please contact:
Laura Kaminski, Parklet Project Manager
Bureau of Planning
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-6809, email@example.com