Photo Courtesy of: sanluisobispo.com                     

Photo Courtesy of: sanluisobispo.com                     

This March Pismo Beach celebrates the installation of their very first parklet located in front of Esquire News building.

Since the unveiling, the parklet has attracted the attention of locals and business owners alike in order to make downtown more appealing to pedestrians. This year the city has approved a set of standards in order to streamline and encourage future parklet installations. They've even created a process which allows local businesses and organizations to sponsor parklet construction (sound familiar?)  rather than pulling valuable resources from the city.

Photo Courtesy of: sanluisobispo.com     

Photo Courtesy of: sanluisobispo.com     

Under the guidelines established by the city, each parklet host is responsible for maintenance, construction, and permitting. Parklets must be made available to the public, not just customers. Even nonprofit organizations can apply with any parking related fees being waived by the city! Interestingly enough, their policy also limits the maximum number of parklets allowed within the city at any given time. During the Curb'd selection process our judges took similar considerations into account in order to connect neighboring regions and prevent parklet clusters.

The Tribune, a leading news organization in San Luis Obispo County, produced a time lapse of the Esquire's parklet in order to determine how frequently it's used over the course of an hour. Click below and enjoy!

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