2018 Pilot Sparks: Left Bae Bae's Kitchen Downtown (Photo: Merritt Chase) Right Onion Maiden Allentown (Photo: Onion Maiden)
The Spark program is part of Pittsburgh's overall strategy for creating safe, complete streets and new open spaces. Sparks (or s-mall parks) are small platforms that take the place of one or two on-street parking spaces and extend the sidewalk to provide new space for pedestrians. Once installed, the semi-permanent Spark encourages more on-street pedestrian activity that in turn supports nearby businesses.
Sparks are buffered from the street by a railing or barrier and can contain planters, benches, tables, and other creative pedestrian amenities. A few basic rules apply for all Sparks:
- They are public spaces;
- Commercial activity is not allowed in a Spark;
- Alcohol is not allowed in a Spark; and
- They must be removed in the winter on some streets. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by DOMI.
For more information on the Spark program, including location and design requirements, please read the program’s Guidelines.
If you are interested in installing a Spark in front of your business and are unsure if you meet the location requirements, it is a good idea to speak to someone at DOMI before starting your application.