With your help, we're going to create San Francisco's wildest, greenest, most delicious parklet yet, in the city's densest 'hood.
We need more green space.
This much was clear at farm:table's first PARK(ing) Day party a couple years ago. With little more than a fake ficus plant and some astroturf rolled out over an empty parking space, we spent a glorious day outside, talking with neighbors and meeting the new folks who'd stopped by just to check out the scene.
But as we watched Shannon roll up the astroturf later that evening, we started asking: “Why can't this happen more often? What would it take to turn this one-day party into something bigger, better, greener? Something less plastic, more permanent?”
We can make it happen now.
As part of the City’s "Pavement-to-Parks" program, we want to transform a row of barren asphalt parking spaces into green public open space. By partnering with the farm:table cafe and a team of local architects, we will create a truly exceptional “parklet”: literally, a chunk of nature inserted into the streets of San Francisco’s densest neighborhood.
What makes this parklet different than the rest?
As parklets become more common in San Francisco, our goal is to raise the bar and go beyond the standard cafe-seating model. We see this as an informal community gathering space, a park-like garden in the street, a green oasis open to everyone.
We need your help.
Farm:table kicked off fundraising events last year with an art auction, and many have donated time and talents, but we need one last push to cross the finish line. Thus far, City permits and fees have been paid, and we have an innovative design from the architects.
Now it’s time to cover the costs of building materials, a licensed contractor, and insurance. This is the most costly aspect of the project.
With your help, construction starts this spring and will be completed in a matter of weeks. Your pledge will help get us there. Please give what you can.
that beautiful video up there? it was produced by farm+cellar.
as for the gorgeous parklet design, that's the work of Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects.
There are many options under consideration, including using stencils/paint, or wood burner, or a small dremel tool. Inscriptions will most likely start appearing on the cedar decking late this summer (mid-late August). We'll send you a personal message via Kickstarter as soon as yours is complete!
We are starting construction on Monday, May 21st. Constructing the exterior frame/enclosure will take about 4 weeks. The landscaped zones will be installed in several phases to accommodate the anticipated soil settlement. Planting will last throughout the spring and summer.
Sausalito-based Forsythe General Contractors (http://www.forsythegc.com/) will be doing all the carpentry and fabrication work on-site. They specialize in architecturally unique residential design-build work. We consider ourselves lucky to have them working with us on this project! if you stop by to check out the construction zone, say hi to Mark, Augustin, and Emilcar!
We want the parklet to function more like an outdoor living room that everyone can use... and less like an outdoor dining room just for farm:table. Currently, we don't plan on having permanent tables and chairs in the parklet. Luke and Zoe at OP Architects (http://www.oparch.net/) have designed clearings within the landscape with built-in benches, perches, and ledges which encourage casual seating and lounging -- without a strict cafe-style seating layout.