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Ocean Avenue Portable Parklet

Ocean Avenue Portable Parklet / Image by Youth Art Exchange
Location: Various Locations throughout the Ocean Avenue Community Benefit District
Launched: August 2014
Designed & Installed By: High School student participants at the Youth Art Exchange led by Youth Art Exchange Instructor Craig Hollow
Hosted By: Ocean Avenue CBD, Various local merchants

The Ocean Avenue Portable Parklet is currently located at the Ingleside Public Library (1298 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112). It has been here since November 2015. Come check it out!


The portable parklet is an initiative driven by the Ocean Avenue Community Benefit District, which aims to support and increase pedestrian safety, neighborhood identity, and beautification along the retail corridor. The Association worked closely with high school students from the Youth Art Exchange, who developed, designed and built the portable parklet for the merchants along Ocean Avenue. Merchants along the retail corridor have the opportunity to host the portable parklet in front of its business for a six-month period. Six locations have been pre-approved by the City; and more may follow if fronting businesses express interest and proposed locations meet screening criteria.

Open Space For All from Alexander Mullaney on Vimeo.


Pre-approved locations for the Portable Parklet:

Map prepared by the OACBD showing pre-approved locations for the Portable Parklet.

Above image courtesy of OACBD.


Over the course of a school semester, nine students from local high schools designed and built the portable parklet from a pop-up studio and workshop in a vacant storefront on Ocean Avenue. The Youth Art Exchange architecture curriculum guided students through the process of conceptualizing, modelling, testing, and building the prototype. Students created drawings, charts, scale models, and other studies to work through design ideas and details. The students worked with challenging design parameters required for user safety and universal (disabled) access.

The prototype was unveiled on August 7th, 2014 in front of the Foglifter Cafe to a crowd representing Ocean Avenue residents, business owners, high school students, project funders and City sponsors.

See YAX’s project page here.


Invest in Neighborhoods (an initiative of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development), Supervisor Yee’s Office, The Seed Fund, Thomas F. White Foundation, and VIA Architecture


Community Partners: Ocean Avenue Community Benefit District (OACBD), the Youth Art Exchange (YAX)



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