Park(ing) Day still takes place every year and serves as a testing ground for designers and residents who have parklet ideas to test out before applying for a permit. Andrew Dunbar of Interstice Architects has participated in Park(ing) Day for six years: “We love that it is a guerilla way of privatizing public space for public use. Every year we try to build for the local business we are partnered with and look at the day as urban research for community design.”

This collaboration between local designers, residents and business owners is something that the SF Planning Department wants to see even more of. Alexis Smith of the Planning Department cites recent parklet collaboration between Mamá Art Cafe and Excelsior Action Group as a great example. Designed and built by a group of high school students, the Mamá Art Cafe parklet represents the powerful and creative role parklets can play in building a sense of community.

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Art & Design Issue - Released July 2012
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