A parklet is a small urban park often created by replacing parallel parking spaces with a patio-like space where people can relax while enjoying the sights and sounds of the street. Parklets generally consist of places to sit, table surfaces, aesthetic features, shade, and/or bicycle parking and are great spots to take in the neighborhood from a casual and comfortable vantage point.
There are currently no parklets in Bernal Heights. We at 903 are taking steps to be the first to provide this amenity, and with the help of the residents and friends of the neighborhood we can make it happen. Not only would 903's parklet be the first in Bernal, it would continue to inspire and facilitate the on-going revitalization of the community happening along Cortland while providing a convenient and central gathering place for friends and family. Imagine meeting up at 903 to enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch on the sunniest street in San Francisco!
The parklet will replace two parking spots on Cortland Avenue directly in front of 903, a restaurant and offshoot of Sandbox Bakery that has quickly become a go-to lunch spot for many residents of Bernal Heights. At 40 feet long, the parklet will boast seating for up to 25 people, a canopy for shade, greenery consisting of native plants, and it will, of course, be wheelchair accessible. The structure itself will be constructed out of reclaimed wood and steel scraps.
The City of San Francisco has approved our permit and all the fees have already been paid. Now, we are trying to raise funds in order to begin building this much-anticipated addition to Cortland Avenue. Our current goal is to start construction as early as June. After that, the parklet will be completed in only a few weeks!
We have worked for over six months planning this project, but we can not finish it without your help! Your pledges and donations will enable us to pay for the cost of building materials, structural engineering, removal of parking meters, and manual labor. No donation is too small, and every level of donation is appreciated. We are sincerely looking forward to sharing the new parklet with you.
Sandbox is a popular bakery in Bernal Heights specializing in fresh-baked pastries and single-drip coffee from San Francisco-based coffee roasters Ritual and De La Paz.
Everything is made in small batches and baked fresh daily using only the best quality, local, and organic ingredients possible.
903 is the latest addition to the Bernal Heights dining scene. Located two doors down from Sandbox Bakery, 903 offers a selection of eclectic, Asian-fusion dishes that combine flavors and styles from all over the world into delicious, practically homemade fare that is stress-free and easy.
Just like at Sandbox, everything is made in small batches using as fresh, local, organic ingredients as possible, and the bread used at 903 is baked fresh daily at Sandbox Bakery.
Risks and challenges
If we are not able to reach our funding goal, the permission from the city will expire in July, which means we will have to start all over again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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