25th & Union Parklet
Organized by: Cortona Cafe
Cortona Cafe via Crowdrise
July 19, 2014
EVENT DATE Jun 30, 2014
We're raising money to build a community parklet in Seattle's Central Area. Help us create a new public space!
Watch our video and read more below!
What is a Parklet?
A parklet is a small segment of the street that has been converted from private automobile use to a unique public space for all to enjoy. The repurposed space adds additional seating and a place for gathering, can bring visibility and activity to nearby businesses, and often adds greenery to a normal streetscape.
Our parklet will be:
- community-initiated, crowd-funded
- free and open for everyone to responsibly enjoy
Where will it go?
The 25th and Union Parklet will be located on the SE corner of (you guessed it) 25th Ave and E Union St in Seattle's Central Area. The structure itself will be on the street, adjacent to the sidewalk right in front of Cortona Cafe and Swing hair salon in what is currently a no parking / loading zone near the corner.
Who We Are
Our parklet team is being lead by the folks at Cortona Cafe with the support of a handful of enthusiastic Central Area community members. In addition, several really cool organizations have donated their time and resources to help make this happen (see list in video and below).
Where we are in the process
We were selected to participate in Seattle DOT's Pilot Program in March 2014. We've assembled our team, and submitted our preliminary designs for review in April 2014. Construction is scheduled for June and July. Now we just need to raise the money to pay for it!
How You Can Help
While we have some pretty awesome people working hard to make the parklet happen, we will not be able to build it unless we raise approximately $15,000. We raised over $4,000 at a community fundraising party at the cafe in June (yay!) and another thousand at a fundraising dinner in April. Now we just need to meet our $10,000 fundraising goal from our CrowdRise campaign!
Our parklet has been designed to be beautiful, accessible, safe, durable and comfortable. Our project budget of $15,000 will cover:
- permitting fees
- outdoor furniture and seating
- plantings and other landscaping
Feel free to give as much and as often as you want and ask nothing in return (except our sincere gratitude and the ability to access the parklet as a member of the public). But for those of you who are interested, we're offering fundraising "rewards" for some recommended donation levels.
See a full list of our rewards in our photo feed above and a partial list below. We'll follow up with you after you make your donation to confirm your reward level and give you information on how to collect.
$10 : One Cup of Coffee from Cortona Café
$25 : Make us a mixtape for the cafe
$50 : Invitation to a private Coffee Tasting
$100 : Limited Print of the Final Design
$250 : Become a Friend of the Parklet
$500 : Become a Pillar of the Community
CAMPAIGN END DATE: MONDAY, JUNE 30th!