The San Francisco Planning Department is encouraging merchants, community groups, and property owners hoping to get parklets in their neighborhoods to submit proposals for more small parks.
“We are thrilled to expand the ever-popular parklet program so that more people can enjoy the use of these public spaces in their neighborhoods,” Planning Director John Rahaim said in a news release issued today (Thursday, February 21). “We are committed to providing more public spaces that promote healthier living and increase the vitality of our neighborhoods.”
So far, 38 parklets have been built around the city. Jane Warner Plaza, at Market and Castro streets, was the first. The outdoor space, which includes a few tables and chairs, has become a popular spot since it debuted as a temporary parklet in 2009. The park is named for Jane Warner, an out lesbian who was affectionately known as “Officer Jane” around the Castro and other neighborhoods she patrolled. Warner was 53 when she died of ovarian cancer in May 2010.
Since the last call for parklet proposals, the city has simplified the policies and procedures that govern the outdoor spaces, which often take over parking spaces and other patches of pavement. The city has also developed the San Francisco Parklet Manual, a comprehensive overview of goals and guidelines.
An open house is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. March 5 at the planning department’s office at 1650 Mission Street to provide more information to prospective applicants. Applications may be submitted via www.parklets.org by April 17.