Back in August, we reported on plans that were underway for a new parklet on the north side of Clement Street near 3rd Avenue (in front of Cumaica Coffee).
In his monthly newsletter today, Supervisor Eric Mar included a sketch rendering of said parklet. The sketch shows an L-shaped bench at one end, planter boxes on the street side, and a counter level span on the street side. A bike rack sits outside the east end of the parklet.
If you’re new to the world of parklets, they are mini “urban” parks that have been installed in parking spaces around the city. Usually they take over 2 or 3 parking spaces, and each has their own individual design. They were developed as part of the city’s Pavement to Parks program; its goal is to reclaim or offer additional public open space in areas that are lacking.
The cost for constructing and installing a parklet varies, but averages around $20,000. Typically businesses foot the bill (after all it does add more seating right outside their door) or funds are contributed via donations.
Back in September, some residents took over the proposed parklet space during the worldwide PARK(ing) day event, to show how it could be used as a recreational space.
There are currently 36 parklets in San Francisco (view map), including three in the Sunset District. The Mission has the highest concentration of them along the Valencia Street corridor.
Mar mentioned the proposed parklet in his newsletter because he is looking into the impact that parklets have on communities:
“As parklets proliferate, it is important that the City study and understand the impact they have on communities. While evidence to date suggests that the increase in pedestrian activity outweighs the loss of parking, we need a stronger understanding of the overall effect so that we can work with businesses and residents better. To review all of these issues, I am convening a hearing at the Land Use Committee.”
Mar says that if residents have any input on parklets that they’d like to share with his office, they should contact his aide Nick Pagoulatos at email@example.com or 415.554.7412.