San Francisco already has 20 parklets in neighborhoods throughout the city, a great start but still not nearly enough for folks to enjoy the sun on the few days when sun and warmth coincide. Parklets are small, public spaces that provide seating in areas previously dedicated to parallel parking spaces. The City’s existing parklets are located mostly in front of cafes, like Cafe Abir near Divisadero Street, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana next toWashington Square Park, and Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia Street. A map of all existing and planned parklets is maintained here.

study by the Great Streets project concluded that the parklets they examined on Divisadero increased pedestrian activity, pedestrian satisfaction and a sense of community character. Now the City is looking to expand upon the successful program.

Apply for a Parklet

The San Francisco Planning Department has released the third Request for Proposals(RFP) for parklets. The City is set to permit 25 more parklets.

Community Benefit Districts, storefront business owners, non-profits and community organizations are encouraged to apply. Other applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants fund the design, construction and maintenance of the parklet.

Applications are due on December 5, 2011 at 5:00pm. Download the permit application and design guidelines here.

Where are some of your favorite parklets in the City, and where would you like to see more?