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Mighty-O Launches the first parklet of 2017 in Ballard

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on March 15th, 2017

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Seattle’s ninth parklet opened outside of Mighty-O Donuts (1555 NW Market St,) to much fanfare on March 7.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) joined parklet host Mighty-O Donuts and neighborhood residents to celebrate the opening of this new public space at 17th Ave NW and NW Market St in Ballard.

“Seattle’s Parklet Program has been a great success since its launch in early 2013,” stated Scott Kubly, SDOT director. “People all over the city enjoy having these unique neighborhood gathering spaces.”

The Mighty-O parklet is designed around a reused boat hull, and was celebrated with origami boat-making, boat races, and plenty of donuts. Hosted by Friends of Mighty-O Parklet, a local group of neighborhood volunteers, the parklet was funded by private donations and a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant.

“Mighty-O set sail a few years ago with an idea to participate in this community project, the 1940’s era boat was inspired by our cities maritime past,” said Megan Helmer, Mighty-O co-owner. “We are grateful to SDOT, Department of Neighborhoods, community donations, and the volunteers who came together to make this project possible.”

Parklets help activate city streets, provide seating and community gathering spaces, and support local businesses. They can also take the form of a streatery which is a parklet that is a sidewalk café during business hours. Parklets and streateries are small-scale public spaces built adjacent to sidewalks within on-street parking spots. They encourage walking and biking by providing interesting places for sitting or talking with neighbors.

Parklet and streatery design, permitting, construction, and maintenance costs are funded by the parklet or streatery host. The design of each parklet or streatery reflects the character of the surrounding neighborhood, and complies with City safety and mobility standards.

If you are interested in being a parklet or streatery host can get more information online, e-mail, or call (206) 684-5267.

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14 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Uncle Buck // Mar 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Oh good, a new spot for surly drunks and stinky junkies with pitbulls!
    Paid for with our tax increases!
    Muy progressivo!

  • 2 Ballardite // Mar 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Found the NIMBY!

  • 3 Uncle Buck // Mar 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Hey Ballardite, why can’t the DOT fix the potholes in the neighborhood? They have money for “parklets” but not road repair?

    “Seattle’s Parklet Program has been a great success since its launch in early 2013,” stated Scott Kubly, SDOT director. “People all over the city enjoy having these unique neighborhood gathering spaces.”

    They’re unique all right. You fools invited every tweaker, junkie, and lunatic west of the Rockies to move here for the Murray hugs n kisses. Thanks. Oh and you’re welcome for all the unaccounted for/wasted tax money.

  • 4 Anthony Scott // Mar 17, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Uncle Buck is right. Some heroin junkie or child sex trafficker will establish residency there and the advocates will swoop in an defend them.

  • 5 Concerned Ballard Dork // Mar 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Uncle Buck drives a car. What a loser!

  • 6 Uncle Buck // Mar 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm


    Not true. I use recumbent bike fashioned from shopping carts and racing bikes I “found around” the neighborhood, so the potholes are my problem, too. You can’t criticize me for sleeping off my drunk in the park because my hobo ways are the result of Andrew Jackson’s Trail of Tears.
    Also, improved police stations are just like cavalry forts for tv westerns! No more white devils (unless you eat at Whole Foods)!

    I’m just like that Soundgarden song about Chief Sealth. Can you spare a fiver for some food for my pitbull, Brother?

  • 7 Can't find parking // Mar 17, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Went down to Mighty O and couldn’t find any parking. Went to Larsen’s instead.

  • 8 bucky muck // Mar 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Lame! Someone please crash into this ridiculousness – fingers crossed.

  • 9 Ann // Mar 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I liked the parking. Can we have that back?

  • 10 elenchos // Mar 21, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    If people valued parking, they’d pay market rate for parking. But they don’t. Give them free or grossly underpriced parking, and sure, they’ll take it. But ask them to pay market rate, what that real estate could generate in other revenue, and no, they won’t pay. Cars are that expensive.

    We pretend they’re not by hiding the costs. Like requiring apartments to have a minimum number of parking spaces, instead of how many the people there are actually willing to pay for, which is almost none.

    In a few years, when this corner is thriving, you all won’t have learned anything from it. Still spouting the same old timey ideology, still ignoring the world around you.

  • 11 Uncle Buck // Mar 22, 2017 at 10:31 am


    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but transit here sucks compared to actual “world cities”. I’m no lover of car culture by any means, but pretending like this city is easily traversed via bus or some overpriced, unfinished light rail is sheer stupidity. The workers (which a commie like you supposedly ‘loves’) have been forced to move to outlying areas and have to drive in to enjoy the local amenities, unless they want to deal with aggressive hobos, hoodrats, and unreliable arrival timetables. Grow up.

    The street area isn’t “real estate”. This is just the city wasting a couple parking spaces so that latte liberals can post something cute on FB or tie up their precious dog babies to it.

  • 12 SJW Pants // Mar 23, 2017 at 6:16 am

    @11 By ‘people’ Elenchos means his people: college educated, white professionals and liberals with time to worry about carbon and whether testicles make you male. All the while they’re trying to relive the joys of being carless during their junior year abroad in Amsterdam. 99% of the time they grew up in the suburbs.

    You can spot them by their smug faces, spandex and ugly, sexless wives.

  • 13 Uncle Buck // Mar 23, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Don’t forget the feminist cat mommies who get triggered by jokes and hate Christians yet have a weird love affair with fundamentalist Islam.

  • 14 Megan Helmer // Mar 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Corrections to some misinformation posted by others. Seattle Parklet’s are paid for by community members unless grant money and donations are sevured. Parklet’s are public spaces 24/7 and community member are the stewards of the space. Your tax increase woes belong in another forum. The homeless situation was not nor will continue to be caused by Seattle having public and community spaces. I hope this helps.

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