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- May 5, 2010BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
Our second installment of the Photos of the Week posting features images submitted by SPUR members and friends. If you are interested in seeing your own photos show up in the Photos of the Week, please add your shots to our Flickr Pool!
[Image: flickr user lunatic teacup]
There has been a lot of excitement lately surrounding the multitude of Pavement to Parks projects popping up around the city. However, this particular vacant-lot-turned-mini-park on Judah and the Great Highway has been around since 2004. (And as someone who in high school frequently crossed the former trash-filled concrete median to grab some coffee at nearby Java Beach, I can attest that it was a much welcome change.) Now the Outer Sunset community and the Surfrider Foundation are extending La Playa Park to the median on the other side of the N Judah streetcar turnaround — and adding a bocce ball court!
[Image: Neal Patel]
This perfectly framed shot of Laguna Street near Fort Mason highlights the contrast between streetscape and parkscape. I know which path I want to take!
[Image: Danielle Espinal-Stekert]
And we conclude this week with a beautiful and piercing set of eyes in the Mission. I keep finding something new in the details of this mural!
- March 19, 2010BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, DPW Director Ed Reiskin and a crowd of supporters gathered yesterday in front of Mojo Bicycle Café on Divisadero at Hayes to celebrate the opening of the city’s first of many new “parklets.” These parklets—parking spaces repurposed as lively sidewalk extensions—are part of the city’s Pavement to Parks initiative.
The new Divisadero Street parklet consists of a wooden platform elevated to sidewalk height and extended across two former parking spaces. Benches, tables and chairs, planters, and bike parking fill the transformed public space.
These parklets can be attributed in some respects to several years of creative PARK(ing) Day activism. PARK(ing) Day was conceived by REBAR in a single San Francisco parking space in 2005. Since then, it has been celebrated in parking spaces across San Francisco and around the world. Opening exactly six months after PARK(ing) Day 2009, the Divisadero parklet shares many of the design aspects first experimented with in the Urban Center’s most recent PARK(ing) Day project—a collaborative effort between SPUR and the Great Streets Project. Architect Riyad Ghannam, who volunteered his time and skills to design the Divisadero parklet, also designed the temporary mobile platforms we used in front of the Urban Center. PARK(ing) Day 2009 was a great day at SPUR—a street-side celebration of sun, friends, neighbors, music, and public space. And it is exciting to see that the hours of construction by Riyad and other volunteers and interns in the depths of the SPUR basement may have had an impact beyond just one perfect day in September.
Left: PARK(ing) Day 2009 at the Urban Center. Right: Divisadero St. parklet. [Images: Colleen McHugh]