About this project
What's a parklet?
It's what happens when you take a parking space and turn it into a very small public park. A private individual has to pay for building and maintaining it, but it's for the benefit of everybody. It's a way of taking an ugly slab of concrete that had been used only for storage of cars and turning it into something for humans to enjoy instead.
We need more public outdoor space.
Look around San Francisco and you can see that there are a wide array of fantastic outdoor spaces to occupy on those days that the fog doesn't linger. Hell, even on the days it does linger, it is wonderful to be outside in our city. We looked at the ratio of public outdoors space to area per neighborhood, and SOMA is right down at the bottom of the list. We've got some great spots around the neighborhood, but it's no surprise that we are "out-outdoored" by some of the other 'hoods. This project aims to help steer that back in the right direction, one parking space at time.
Yeah, we said it. Costco came in and built a huge damn parking garage in the neighborhood, so we've got no qualms about taking a little space back from the metal monsters just so a few of neighbors have a nice space to sit outside and lock up a bicycle. Eleventh Street has a fairly narrow sidewalk and the entire area is quite popular in the evenings, so we believe this project will serve us all very well in the sunshine or in the moonlight.
What makes this parklet different than the rest?
Parklets have popped up in many areas of San Francisco, but we believe that this parklet will significantly raise the bar. We are using strong materials that will provide a significant barrier between the public seating/standing area and the street. We are investing in materials that will offer a feeling of confidence as you occupy the expanded sidewalk as it spills onto the parklet. This also means that the barrier edge of the parklet is a beautiful sculpture of perceptional manipulation that offers a diverse experience that is almost interactive as you move by on foot, on a bicycle, or in a car.
Here's an animation of what it's going to look like:
We are making this happen, right now!
This isn't some lengthy bid to get funding for something that might happen in a few months or years, it is a project that is going to happen NOW. Yeah, like, as in yesterday! We've got city approval, we've got people signed up to start working on this the day our campaign ends. We have even gone ahead and purchased some of the material to make it happen on credit, just so we can be sure that it will get built. We have a team of highly skilled individuals that have poured their time, sweat and energy into this project for a year as pro-bono work, but we haven't been able to scrape together the moola to pay for the materials.
We need your help.
The entire project team believes in this parklet so strongly that they have toiled for close to a year to reach completion. They've ponied up the payments for city permits and fees to make this a certain future before initiating fundraising.
The current cost of the materials alone for the parklet is estimated at $9,000, and that's before paying for anyone's labor or time. Anything beyond that will help offset the huge contributions the team members have already made.
With your help, construction starts the day the campaign closes and will be completed in a couple weeks. Your pledge ensures the completion of the parklet. Please give what you can and help make SOMA more interesting!
Should we be lucky enough to beat our goal and have some money left over after covering expenses, we'll use that money to upgrade some of the materials to ensure that the parklet lasts a long, long time. For example, there are a few components we're currently planning on making out of wood that we could upgrade to steel. There are also many opportunities for artsier and more durable outdoor furniture.
About the team:
The innovative design of the parklet has been provided by studioAnomalous, a local SOMA design firm specializing in spatial designs that experiment with our perception and senses through the use of fabrication, simulation and augmentation.
DNA Lounge has been a San Francisco institution for nearly thirty years. We're a late-night, all ages nightclub, and also a 24-hour cafe and pizza restaurant. We host all kinds of events here: DJ dancing, live music, burlesque, comedy, conferences, private parties, you name it. Two stages, seven bars, free wifi, webcasts!
And soon -- with your help -- a really neat parklet out front.
Risks and challenges
We have the necessary permits and city approval, so all that's left is to build it! Construction delays are always possible, but we're not new to this sort of thing, so we don't anticipate any major delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The parklet is replacing a car space, and the motorcycle parking is turning into bicycle parking, roughly.
We (DNA) actually petitioned to get those 6 metered motorcycle spaces installed, way back when. But then in the intervening decade, the Cycle Gear motorcycle shop moved in right across the street from us, and they installed eighteen *free* motorcycle spaces on Harrison at 11th. They're literally 50 feet away.
Once the parklet is installed, if it turns out that the difference between 18 and 24 motorcycle spots on the same block is actually significant, we'll start the process of turning another car space into metered motorcycle parking. We'll see! Many members of our staff ride motorcycles, so we'll know right away.
Trying to roll this change into the parklet permitting process at the beginning likely would have delayed the whole project by another year. The bureaucracy is even more horrible than you can imagine.
It's illegal to smoke with 15' of the entrance of a business, and the parklet is within that distance of the restaurant, so there will be no smoking in the parklet. And yes, we will be enforcing this.
Sorry, no. The parklet is not a part of the restaurant, it's technically a public park. And it's illegal to drink in public parks (ha ha, right). But more importantly, you'd get us in trouble for it, so no booze in the parklet.
Absolutely! You can sit out there and enjoy the day with your food and non-alcoholic beverages, whether purchased from DNA Pizza or from somewhere else. The parklet will be available to everybody.
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