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Divisadero Street Parklet

Divisadero Street Parklet / Image by San Francisco Planning Department
Location: 639 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 show map
Installed: March 18, 2010
Designed by: Riyad Ghannam, RG-Architecture
Hosted by: Mojo Bicycle Café


A Parklet is a new type of Pavement to Parks Project. Instead of reclaiming a piece of underutilized roadway at an intersection, Parklets repurpose two to three parking stalls along a block as a space for people to relax, drink a cup of coffee, and enjoy the city around them. Parklets do this by building out a platform into the parking lane so that the grade of the sidewalk gets carried out into the parking lane. On the platform, benches, planters, landscaping, bike parking, and café tables and chairs all come together to provide a welcoming new public space.


Riyad Ghannam of RG-Architecture and Greg Upwall of Studio Upwall provided design services free of charge to the City. The Divisadero Parklet has three café tables, 10 café chairs, a bench, three bike racks, landscaped planters, solar lighting, and a solar receiving panel. Cable Rail and the planters provide a visually permeable edge along the street.

The Parklet platform was built using a decking product donated free of charge to the City from Bison Innovative Products. The deck is constructed of sustainably harvested hardwood (FSC certified) which is leveled using a system of adjustable pedestals, which themselves are built using 20% post-consumer recycled plastic. The cabling was donated and the planters and landscaping were purchased below cost. The capital to purchase the elements that weren’t donated was provided by a grant from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative.

Mojo Bicycle Café has agreed to provide daily maintenance of the Parklet, although all seating and bike parking is free and open to the public.

See below for an early rendering of the parklet during design development.

Above image courtesy of Riyad Ghannam, RG-Architecture.


Grant from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Neighborhood Market Place Initiative.

Material Donors:
Decking system: Bison Innovative Products
Cabling: Feeney Architectural Products
Wood and hardware: Beronio Lumber
Planters: Architectural Precast
Landscaping: Flora Grubb Gardens


Community Partners: San Francisco Great Streets Project, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Mojo Bicycle Café, and many hard working volunteers. This project would not have been successful without the tireless support of the Great Streets Project and the volunteers they organized to build the Parklet.



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