Long Beach’s Very Own Retro Row is Home to the 1st Parklet in Southern California
No. 9 Restaurant Also Participating in the City Pilot Program
LONG BEACH – Residents, business and the media attended the grand opening of Long Beach’s first parklet at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine on Friday, January 20. Long Beach is the first city in Southern California to approve the parklet concept. Three restaurants have been permitted to construct a parklet in a parking space in front of their business. Each parklet will add approximately 20 additional seats to the respective restaurant and contribute to an active streetscape.
A "parklet" is the temporary use of a curbside parking space for outdoor landscape and seating. This is done by constructing a raised platform in the parking space at the same elevation as the adjoining sidewalk, thereby essentially extending the sidewalk area into the street. Parklets provide an economical solution to the desire and need for wider sidewalks and are intended to provide space for the general public to sit and enjoy an area where existing narrow sidewalks would preclude such occupancy. Parklets contribute aesthetic elements to the overall streetscape. The business applies for Sidewalk Occupancy and Public Works permit to construct a parklet with approved plans.
Long Beach based its parklet concept and process on San Francisco’s ‘Pavement to Parks’ program. If the pilot program is successful, Vice Mayor Lowenthal and City officials hope to promote the concept in other business corridors.
“The parklet concept is a very creative solution for our smaller business corridors and representative of the kinds of ideas that we promote in this council district and the city as a whole, said Lowenthal. I hope they prove successful because I’d like to see them expanded to other corridors where there’s a need to create an inviting and vibrant pedestrian experience.”