Pavement to Parks San Francisco


Program Overview

San Francisco's Pavement to Parks Program facilitates the conversion of utilitarian and often underused spaces in the street into publicly accessible open spaces available for all to enjoy. Parklets began as pilot projects facilitated by the Pavement to Parks program; the Parklet Program has now a discrete permit process, design and operating guidelines. The Parklet Program provides a path for merchants, community organizations, business owners, and residents to take individual actions in the development and beautification of the City's public realm.

A parklet repurposes part of the street into a space for people. Parklets are intended as aesthetic enhancements to the streetscape, providing an economical solution to the need for increased public open space. They provide amenities like seating, planting, bike parking, and art. While parklets are funded and maintained by neighboring businesses, residents, and community organizations, they are publicly accessible and open to all.

The world's first formal public parklets were initially conceived and installed in San Francisco in 2010. As of January 2013, thirty-eight parklets have been installed throughout San Francisco, and the program is being emulated in cities around the world.

Parklets enhance our neighborhoods by adding beauty and whimsy to the City's streets. They reflect the diversity and creativity of the people and organizations who sponsor and design them. They also reflect the City's commitment to encouraging walking and biking, creating great streets, and strengthening our communities.

Parklet Manual

The San Francisco Parklet Manual

The San Francisco Parklet Manual is a comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, process, procedures and guidelines for creating a parklet in San Francisco. The Manual also serves as a resource for those outside of San Francisco working to establish parklet programs in their own cities.

Applicants and designers in San Francisco are strongly encouraged to read the Parklet Manual in its entirety when they are first thinking about proposing a parklet, and to refer to it often throughout the process. Understanding what the program is trying to achieve and the process and regulations for a successful parklet may reduce the time it takes to receive a permit, and will likely result in a superior parklet design.

Download: Download the full Parklet Manual [version 1.0 PDF 16 MB]


The Parklet-O-Matic
The Parklet-O-Matic Infographic [PDF 3MB] is a graphic representation of the parklet permitting process.


Policy Framework

DPW Director's Order 180,921

DPW Director's Order 180,921

This Department of Public Works Director's Order establishes guidelines for the approval and installation of parklets ("Temporary Sidewalk Extensions") for use by the general public, "providing an economical solution to the desire and need for wider sidewalks... where existing narrow sidewalks would preclude such occupancy."



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Accessibility Elements for Parklets

The City and County of San Francisco seeks to make its public realm accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. These guidelines were developed especially for parklets by the Mayor's Office of Disability to ensure that parklets conform to the applicable provisions, rules, regulations and guidelines of the: San Francisco Building Code (SFBC), Americans with Disabilities Act 2010 Standard's accessibility requirements (ADAAG), and other design criteria included in DPW Order No. 180,921.

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Pavement to Parks San Francisco
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Pavement to Parks is made possible with participation of the following City agencies:

Agencies: San Francisco Office of the Mayor, San Francisco Planning Department, SF Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco Public Works