Creating and testing ideas for new public spaces in San Francisco.


Portable Bicycle Corral / Image by Sergio Ruiz (SPUR)


Pavement to Parks has played an integral role in the early incubation of urban prototyping in San Francisco. These portable, flexible fixtures are experimental responses to lack of open space, peak-time bicycle parking demand, and other local needs. Starting with the Parklet typology, Pavement to Parks has been continually engaged in various small prototyping projects that push engineering, technological, and functional potential of small-scale interventions.

Urban Prototyping Exchange

Follow on the heels of it’s five-year anniversary, Pavement to Parks will be launching the “Urban Prototyping Exchange,” a platform for connecting prototype innovators with communities who are interested in implementing these ideas in their own neighborhoods. In the summer of 2015, a library of prototype ideas will become available from this webpage. The library will draw from past prototyping partners, including ideas submitted to the 2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival.

Completed Prototypes

Urban Prototyping Festival

Location: San Francisco, CA
Partners: Intersection for the Arts, 5M Project, Rebar, IDEO, SF Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, Adobe Foundation

Powell Street Promenade

Location: Powell St between Ellis and Geary, San Francisco, CA 94102
Partner: Union Square Business Improvement District


Location: Various Locations throughout the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
Partners: YBCBD, Various local merchants, CMG Landscape Architecture

Street Stage

Location: Mission Community Market and various other events and festivals
Partners: John Francis and Ross Hansen

Portable Bicycle Corral

Location: Various Locations throughout the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD)
Partners: YBCBD, SPUR, Noah Brezel (Spoke Systems), Kevin Capo, Marissa Gurevitz, and Jill McDonald

De-Appropriation Art Wall Parklet

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

Ocean Avenue Portable Parklet

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

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