Minneapolis seeking applicants for parklets, street cafés for 2023 season

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The City of Minneapolis is seeking applications for parklets and street cafés for the 2023 season – amenities that activate community corridors and support local businesses. 

Neighborhood organizations, street-level businesses, nonprofits, community organizations, and Special Services Districts are all invited to apply.

  • City-owned parklets: The City is looking for three community partners to host City-owned parklets for the 2023 season. The City-owned parklets include all the necessary structures, plantings, chairs, tables, patio umbrellas and public parklet signage. Hosts are responsible for day-to-day maintenance, such as watering plants, picking up trash, and reporting any issues. City-owned parklet hosts are selected through a competitive application process.
  • Community parklets: Businesses and organizations can apply to create their own public parklet space. The design and installation of community parklets is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Street cafés: Street-level businesses looking to expand their outdoor seating can apply for a street café. This space functions as an extension of your business where you can seat and serve your customers.

New for the 2023 season 

These programs have been updated to include a street-level parklet and street café option, which means that sidewalk level platforms are no longer required as long as your location allows for it. This option is to help lower the cost for businesses and organizations that are interested participating.

The City has lowered meter hooding fees for street cafés in an effort to make the program more accessible to businesses located within metered parking areas. Meter hooding fees are waived for all parklets.

The deadline to apply to host a City-owned parklet is May 7. All other applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Learn more about parklets and street cafés on the City’s website.

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