Our Parklet is Here

Text by Kassandra Bucher


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!

Parklet Variations