The parklet project is a prototype design approved by the city of Cleveland for restaurants in need of expansion space during the pandemic. It's developed as a kit of parts, allowing any restaurant to decide what level of design they require. The intent is to have a readymade and pre-approved design, expediting the approval process and assuring a safe and well designed system. Given the dining areas are placed in the right-of-way, where traffic is a concern, safety is of utmost importance.
The project utilizes the "Jersey" barrier as safety measure, which comes in standard sizes and are donated by the city. This sets the challenge for developing the kit of parts, which includes, planters, benches, and shade cover, to be used interchangeably. It's this interchangeability that allows for diversity among the designs within the city. It also allows the system to be utilized for one or more consecutive parking spaces as needed.
Accessibility can be achieved through the addition of a wood deck, leveling the platform with the curb. Water flows below the deck for unimpeded drainage. Shade patterns are interchangeable while plantings soften the concrete jersey barrier. The entire system is designed to be dismantled so that snow removal can occur during winter months.