San Francisco’s ‘Pavement To Parks‘ program reclaims under-utilized areas around the city and transforms them into public plazas and parks. This collaborative effort between the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Works, the Planning Department, and the Municipal Transportation Agency, was inspired by the success of similar projects in New York City.
San Francisco’s streets and public rights-of-way make up 25% of it’s land area, which is more space than all of the city’s parks. Many of the streets are excessively wide and contain large zones of wasted space, especially at intersections. So for the past few years, the ‘Pavement to Parks’ projects have sought to temporarily reclaim these unused spaces by quickly and inexpensively turning them into vibrant public areas that promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. You can view the locations of the 23 parklets currently in San Francisco on this interactive map.