Street-level businesses in the Helsinki inner city can now apply for a right to set up a parklet on the street parking lane at their business. The City of Helsinki Public Works Committee approved a proposal for a parklet experiment on 17 May 2016.
A parklet is a sidewalk extension on a street parking space, which is temporarily put to some other use than parking. A business can lease a parklet, for example, for a café terrace, green space or some other activity suitable for the street environment.
A business owner should apply for a right to set up a parklet to the City of Helsinki Public Works Department with a parklet application form. The applicability of a parking space for parklet use can also be inquired by email before submitting the application at email@example.com. The suitability of a parking space for parklet use is always assessed case by case.
The number of parklets in an area is regulated, and no more than two street parking spaces can be assigned to parklets in the length of one city block. The Public Works Department also makes sure that the parking opportunities of local residents are not significantly compromised because of parklets.
The parklet experiment is conducted in 2016 and 2017. Parking spaces are leased for the summer season April–October. The experimental area covers the Helsinki inner city excluding the pedestrian section of the city centre. Parklets are leased for the sums listed in the City’s terrace price list.
Public Works Department’s parklet instructions (in Finnish)