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Parklets

Repurposing parts of streets and parking spaces with greenery and furniture. Find out more about these new small scale, semi permanent structures called parklets.

A great way to encourage active travel and improve neighbourhoods, parklets are small-scale semi-permanent structures that repurpose and transform parts of streets or parking spaces, utilising greenery, seating and other features.

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Parklet on Winchelsea Road

Parklet on Winchelsea Road

Council led parklets

The Council led Parklet programme is specifically aimed at organisations and business premises that would benefit from a functional parklet that supports the aims of the business and/or provides a much needed space for patrons and staff to enjoy. We want these parklets to bring as many benefits to the local community as possible, and we look forward to working with local businesses and organisations to achieve these goals.

Funded by us and working in partnership with businesses, we maintain responsibility for the structure and its maintenance whilst local stakeholders take responsibility for its use and upkeep.

Following on from the success of our original sites at The Mill on Coppermill Lane and The Wanstead Tap on Winchelsea Road, after a thorough application process, we are delighted to announce the three successful locations to receive our next round of Council-led parklets are:

  • Froth and Rind on Orford Road
  • Cove 17 on Wood Street
  • Stone Mini Market on High Road Leytonstone

We look forward to working with these businesses and following successful delivery, inviting more organisations to take advantage of this fantastic programme.

To provide feedback on any of the Council-led parklets implemented around the borough, please follow the link below:

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Wild Goose Parklet opposite Church Lane

Resident led parklets

We are also developing plans for a resident led parklet programme, with a focus on low-cost interventions, developed and managed by residents, that highlight innovative ways in which a single car parking space can be reimagined.

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Example of a parklet

Rattray parklet in Lambeth (example of a parklet in a different borough)

Pilot scheme

We have been developing a process that would facilitate residents being able to plan, design and implement their own low-cost, low-impact parklets on residential streets. As part of the developmental process the inclusion of a pilot/trial scheme was felt to be the most effective way to test it, prior to wider use in the future.

For the pilot scheme, we have been working with a resident on Gloucester Road in Higham Hill. Read more about our Gloucester road trail parklet (PDF).

To provide feedback on the resident-led parklet pilot please follow the link below:

Further details on the resident-led programme will be announced over the coming months.

Further information

If you are unable to find the answer or wish to get in touch about a specific query please contact us on parklets@walthamforest.gov.uk.