Press Release: Our Parklet is Here

June 6, 2015

San Francisco, CA – Back in September 2014, plans for a public parklet (a mini park) in front of swissnex San Francisco were approved by the city. Now it’s finally here and installed, thanks to Billy and Paul Troutman, in a former parking space at 730 Montgomery Street.

The parklet is one of few in the city dedicated to content and conversation, not café seating. Conceived and designed by swissnex San Francisco together with ETH Urban-Think Tank, local architects from Gehl Studios, and experts from UC Berkeley, the parklet was the focus of an Urban Design Seminar class tasked with defining how best to use and program  public space.

And that’s how our so-called “event machine” was born.

The swissnex San Francisco parklet is all about activating public life and reclaiming the streets as well as supporting social interaction and exchange.

The parklet is part of the City of San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks initiative, which is based on the idea of using parking spaces for something other than cars. There are about 40 parklets in the city so far, but they are growing.

swissnex San Francisco will program the Montgomery Street parklet, but we are also interested in collaborating with other organizations in the city. So please get in touch if you have ideas and experiments in civic innovation!

Press Contact

Perrine Huber
Head of Marketing & Communication
swissnex San Francisco t: (415) 604-9772 

Project Contact

Sophie Lamparter
Associate Director & Head of Public Programs
swissnex San Francisco t:(415) 604-9778 

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About swissnex San Francisco

swissnex San Francisco is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, education, art, and innovation. We highlight the best of Swiss and North American ingenuity and create opportunities for networking among our diverse group of professional contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and beyond. swissnex San Francisco is a public-private venture and an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs as an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.