Pavement to Parks San Francisco

About the Pavement to Parks Program

Pavement to Parks is a collaborative effort between the San Francisco Planning Department, the Department of Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency.



San Francisco's streets and public rights-of-way make up 25% of the city's land area; more space than all the public parks combined. Many of our streets are excessively wide and contain large underutilized areas, especially at intersections. San Francisco's "Pavement to Parks" program seeks to test the possibilities of these underused areas of land by quickly and inexpensively converting them into new pedestrian spaces.

Experimentation and Testing

Each Pavement to Parks project is intended to be a public laboratory for the City to work with local communities to temporarily test new ideas in the public realm. Materials and design interventions are meant to be temporary and easily reversible, should the trial run demonstrate the need for design changes. After testing their performance, some spaces are reclaimed permanently as public open spaces. Seating, landscaping, and paving treatments are common features of all projects.


Program Goals



Core City Agencies

Nonprofit Partners


Contact Us

Questions, comments, and suggestions on this effort can be directed by email to: contact

  • Ilaria Salvadori: Pavement to Parks Program Manager
  • Robin Abad Ocubillo: Policy, Research & Strategic Initiatives
  • Tina Chang, Kimberly Durandet, Jessica Look, Patrick Race, and Jeremy Shaw: Project Managers
  • Gary Chen: Graphic Design
  • Gina Simi and Candace SooHoo: Communications
  • Stella Kim and Gene Stroman: Program Assistants
  • Maria deAlva, Alanaugh Gannon, Mallory Russell, Kelly Sanford: Intern Alumnae


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