What is a Parklet?

A Parklet is a small public park. It’s an extension of the sidewalk over an on-street parking space. Parklets help reclaim a small amount of public space, contributing to an active, accessible, and vibrant urban environment. Typically, Parklets are no more than two parking spaces long, extending out from the sidewalk to the width of the adjacent parking space.

Parklets may be privately maintained, but must be accessible to the public. Parklets provide amenities like bicycle parking and places to stop, sit, and rest while enjoying the activity of the street. Parklets also contain vegetation to provide green space. A Parklet may be thought of as permanent, but must be designed for quick and easy removal.  This is for emergencies, or other reasons such as snow removal or utility work, without damaging the curb or street. 

Parklet Program

In response to recent requests by Charlotte residents to establish Parklets, the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) developed a pilot Parklet Program. The Parklet Program will allow Charlotteans to design, fund and build their own Parklets, under the guidance of the CDOT Right-of-Way Management Section.

The Parklet Program is a part of the Charlotte Placemaking Hub, a one-stop-shop for community placemaking tools. The Charlotte Placemaking Hub allows residents, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits to install their own placemaking projects - from street murals, to Parklets, to temporary bike lanes. Visit for more.