A new parklet has been installed in front of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company on Cherry Street NE in downtown Olympia. A parklet is a parking stall converted into a public space for everyone to utilize. This parklet features an ADA-accessible covered seating area that comfortably fits 5-7 people as well as a rainwater-fed planter box full of native plants.
The new installation is part of the Parking & Business Improvement Area matching grant program which funds up to $3,500 for material costs of each parklet. Olympia Coffee Roasting Company covered the additional costs. This is the third parklet installed in downtown Olympia. The parklet was designed and constructed by all local businesses. Roussa Cassel of SlowClouds, LLC designed and managed the project. The steel frame and planter were built by Zeigler’s Welding, Inc. Bicycle Homebuilding installed the wood cladding, benches and deck.
Parking impacts are not expected. A recent City of Olympia parking study revealed only 65% of the on-street stalls were occupied during peak hours in the surrounding blocks. There are over 80 parking stalls within one block of the new