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Reveille Coffee Parklet / Image by Samuel Heller

Happy 5th Anniversary, Parkleteers!

The spring of 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the Parklet Program in San Francisco. In celebration of this milestone, Pavement to Parks released a new Parklet Manual and Video Series. Watch the Parklet Community Video by clicking here!

The first parklets were installed throughout 2010. These five pilot projects were situated in four neighborhoods of San Francisco. Click on the links below for profiles on those first five precedents. Every year since 2010, more parklets have appeared around the City under the sponsorship of nonprofits, small businesses, neighborhood groups, and others. Each generation of paklets helps us understand how to better increase open space where our neighborhoods need it most.

San Francisco Parklet Manual

The San Francisco Parklet Manual

Parklet Manual v.2

The San Francisco Parklet Manual is a comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, process, procedures and guidelines for creating a parklet in San Francisco. The Manual also serves as a resource for those outside of San Francisco working to establish parklet programs in their own cities.

Applicants and designers in San Francisco are strongly encouraged to refer to the Parklet Manual in its entirety when they are first thinking about proposing a parklet, and to refer to it often throughout the process.

Download the Parklet Manual v.2 [ PDF 27 MB ]

Parklet-O-Matic Infographic

The Parklet-O-Matic is a process diagram from the Parklet Manual that outlines the step-by-step process of implementing a parklet in San Francisco. Available here as a separate poster-sized download.

Download the Parklet-O-Matic Infographic [ PDF 1 MB ]

Policy Framework

This Department of Public Works Director’s Order establishes guidelines for the approval and installation of parklets (“Temporary Sidewalk Extensions”) for use by the general public, “providing an economical solution to the desire and need for wider sidewalks… where existing narrow sidewalks would preclude such occupancy.”

Download the Department of Public Works Director’s Order [ PDF 1 MB ]

Parklet Projects

Museum of Craft and Design Parklet

Location: 2569 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hosted by: Museum of Craft and Design

Luna Rienne Art Gallery Parklet

Location: 3318-3320 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hosted by: fabric8/Luna Rienne Gallery

De-Appropriation Art Wall Parklet

Location: Valencia Street between 22nd and 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hosted By: Bruce Tomb

Swissnex ‘Event Machine’ Parklet

Location: 730 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Hosted by: Swissnex

Exploratorium ‘Ciencia Publica’ Parklet

Location: 1237 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hosted by: Buena Vista Horace Mann Middle School and San Francisco Boys & Girls Clubs

Ocean Avenue Portable Parklet

Location: Various Locations throughout the Ocean Avenue Community Benefit District
Hosted By: Ocean Avenue CBD, Various local merchants

Simple Pleasures Parklet

Location: 3434 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Hosted by: Simple Pleasures Cafe

Reveille Coffee Parklet

Location: 200 Columbus Ave St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Hosted by: Reveille Coffee Co

Noe Valley Parklets

Locations: 24th Street at Sanchez Street and at Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Hosted by: Noe Valley Association


Columbus Avenue Parklet

Location: 423 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Hosted by: Caffe Greco


22nd Street Parklet

Location: 22nd Street between Bartlett and Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hosted by: Revolution Cafe, Escape From New York Pizza, Loló Restaurant


Divisadero Street Parklet

Location: 639 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Hosted by: Mojo Bicycle Cafe


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