It's now been five years since the arrival of San Francisco's first official permanent parklet, in 2010, though spontaneous takeovers of parking spots began back in 2005, when Rebar Group converted one of downtown's metered parking spots into a temporary public park. Spurred by Rebar and spread around the world in a DIY movement, the annual PARK(ing) Day has inspired hundreds of people to spend hours occupying parking spaces without being in cars—aided by Astroturf, deck chairs, and thematically appropriate tire swings. Today's map, though, is devoted to the city's dozens of permanent parklets, dreamed up by San Franciscans and often sponsored by local businesses through the city's Pavement to Parks program. They range from Rebar's awesome Marina parklet in a modified Citroën cycling van to a colorfully chevroned mobile parklet in Ingleside, designed by high-school students with architect Craig Hollow.
With the help of Pavement to Parks' citywide guide to SF's parklets, we've updated our own map of all 51 awesome parklets in the city. Did we miss one? Send us a tip or leave us a note in the comments.
UPDATE (2/27/15): Parklet No. 44 has been updated from EHS Pilates Studio's space in the Mission to B. Patisserie's new parklet in Pacific Heights. EHS's parklet sustained serious damage after a car crashed into it in 2013. We regret the error. (Thanks to reader Jennifer Friedland for the B. Patisserie tip!)
· PARK(ing) Day [Official Site]
· Previous Coverage of PARK(ing) Day [Curbed SF]
· Photo-Stalking the PARK(ing) Day Exploits of San Franciscans [Curbed SF]
· SF Parklet Map [Pavement to Parks]
· All Micro Week Coverage [Curbed SF]