Many credit San Francisco as the first city to experiment with parklet construction.
This year marks the 6th anniversary for the San Francisco-based organization Pavement to Parks.
This group is committed to exploring the possibilities created by parklets, plazas and other interesting prototypes. Each project temporarily transforms public space into a kind of "public laboratory" whereby local communities can come together and experiment with new ideas and innovation. Did you know that a whopping 25% of available land in San Francisco is occupied by streets and the public right-of-way?
That means public spaces where neighbors can stop, relax and interact with one another is extremely limited in the urban core. Neighbors decided to change that.
Groups like Pavement to Parks are leading the way for a national conversation about transforming public space into a more communal experience. Their success with parklet construction helps drive the Curb'd process by setting a precedent for measuring impact and community outreach. For instance, when Pavement to Parks first began there wasn't an official playbook guiding their process, so they made one.
Their Parklet Manual v.2 is a comprehensive guide to procedures and policies for parklet construction in the urban core, easily accessible for curious minds.
They even include an overview of the policy framework that makes these experimental projects legitimate community projects.
Also, check out the info-graphic which outlines the step-by-step process required to move parklets from the drawing board to the street:
Hungry for more? Scope the Pavement to Parks video series highlighting various projects around town. Their detailed overview of each parklet comes complete with photos, site background and designer info. Here's one of the latest video productions: