San Francisco ís streets and public rights-of-way make up fully 25% of the cityís land area, more space even than is found in all of the cityís parks. Parklets offer a unique opportunity to widen a sidewalk and transform some of that right of way into a pleasant public space for people to sit, relax, and enjoy the city around them. Parklets can include elements such as, benches, planters, landscaping, bike parking and tables and chairs that all come together to provide a welcoming new public space that reflects the unique character of that location. A parklet adds much-needed green open space in a dense city. Anyone can sit down to eat or read, watch people, pull over from crowded sidewalks long enough to take a look around and notice surrounding businesses and places to explore.
Our San Francisco Great Streets Project supported the development of San Francisco's pilot parklet program in 2009-2011, building neighborhood support, identifying community and business stewards to host and maintain the pilot parklets, and even recruiting volunteers to help build the first parklet. The Great Streets Project conducted an impact study on the pilot parklets that highlights the benefits parklets have on creating public spaces and a sense of community.
Read more about parklets at sfgreatstreets.org/parklets.