Parklets Debut in Uptown Charlotte

This week the City of Charlotte DOT and the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department put up two deck-like structures called parklets on Church Street across from Romare Bearden Park.

The idea is to reclaim a bit of urban space for people and pets to relax. If people are concerned about the parklets eliminating parking spaces or causing more traffic congestion, Charlotte DOT says the parklets are only allowed in spaces where parking is permitted at all hours of the day and not in lanes that are used for traffic during rush hour.

The parklets got some pretty good reviews from people Fox 46 News spoke with, but there was one exception. Alcohol is not prohibited in the parklets. Sarah Hanna, a Charlotte resident, says, “It definitely feels like an extension of the bar, so it would probably be nice if people could enjoy alcohol, but as far as lunch and stuff, I think it's great.’

Mecklenburg County tells us it's spending $15,000 to build and maintain the two parklets on Church Street.