Parklet sprouting on California Street

Crowds gather outside Delfina Pizzeria on California near Fillmore nearly every day at noon and nighttime. They’re waiting for a table, preferably one of the coveted spots out front.

Soon the waiting may be more convivial — and the odds of snagging an outside table considerably improved — when the Fillmore Stoop is completed. It’s the first parklet in the neighborhood — and one of the few with a proper name — although the take-back-the-pavement mini-parks are already a big hit in North Beach, on Divisadero and especially along Valencia Street. They transform one or two parking spots into a public space, usually with tables and chairs and a bit of greenery.

The Fillmore Stoop is the creation of Jessica Weigley and Kevin Hackett, architects whose firm, Siol Studios, is at Fillmore and Clay. Their proposal takes the parklet idea a step further by creating sculptural benches and planters in two parking spots, with room for four or five tables from Delfina. They gained the endorsement of neighboring businesses and persuaded Chase Bank — coming soon across the street — to pony up $25,000 to cover construction costs.

The city has approved the plans and issued permits. Most of the work will be done off-site, with installation in late March or early April.

  • Saveparking

    This is a bad idea. Parking is impacted and this makes it worse. Businesses should remember that if you can’t park, you won’t shop. Good way for these unknown architects to get some PR though.

  • Not a fan

    The rendering out a spacious urban boulevard is utter fiction. Delfina already occupies nearly the entire sidewalk, and its patrons appear oblivious to anyone save themselves. Even before the parklet officially opened, one was required to walk in the traffic lane of California Street to engage in unusual behaviors, like, say, getting from the bus to one’s house after work…

  • Speaking the Truth

    This is not an improved urban space that invites neighbors to gather and chat. It’s just outside seating for Delfina.