Scott Marks noon, June 20
Park(ing) Day: parklet preview in University Heights
A new urban mini-park is planned for Alabama Street in front of Mama's Bakery and Live Wire.
On August 23, with their eyes shining brightly towards utopia, North Park Main Street, the City of San Diego, and the North Park community inaugurated the city’s first parklet in front of Caffé Calabria (3933 30th Street).
The eco-urban gesture sees 4 or 5 parking spaces converted into a street-side park with seating for the public and guests of the café, which paid around $40,000 for its construction.
On Friday, September 20, in anticipation of their own pending parklet, Alabama Street at El Cajon Boulevard will hold a celebration as part of the annual Park(ing) Day, a worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks.
In addition, the Boulevard’s 2900 block will be celebrating from noon to 6 p.m. with a beanbag toss, live art, and a craft soda bar.
The first official parklet was built in San Francisco in 2010 by the city's “Pavement to Parks Program” following an unofficial activist popup parklet in 2005.
Parklets have since sprung up in Philadelphia, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Jose, Dallas, and Vancouver, B.C.
City Council President Todd Gloria stated at the dedication of the North Park parklet that more are planned for Little Italy, Hillcrest, and other neighborhoods.