Oakland getting more mini-parks

by on October 01, 2012

 
Parklet at 14th St. and Franklin, Oakland.
 

 

International Park(ing) Day (September 21) is long over, with impromptu mini-parks set up all over the Bay Area in parking spots.

But the city of Oakland, which opened its first permanent parklet that day in front of Arizmendi on Grand Avenue, has its sights on more in time for next year. A new parklet pilot program started last year and the city has handed out permits to two other locations, while three more are currently going through the permitting process.

It’s all part of the city’s program to green its streets. Imagine Oakland looking like this (below) in more places. Photos by Paul Epstein.

Jed Harrington and Kyle Montez at 4Oth St. and Webster, Oakland.
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Jed Harrington and Kyle Montez at 4Oth St. and Webster, Oakland.
The contrast between park and park(ing).  Piedmont Ave. and Montell St., Oakland.
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The contrast between park and park(ing). Piedmont Ave. and Montell St., Oakland.
Sandy Sanders at Franklin between 13th St. and 14th St., Oakland.
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Sandy Sanders at Franklin between 13th St. and 14th St., Oakland.
Parklet at 14th St. and Franklin, Oakland.
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Parklet at 14th St. and Franklin, Oakland.
Parklet at Piedmont Ave. and Montell St., Oakland.
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Parklet at Piedmont Ave. and Montell St., Oakland.
Non-native species, synthetic, at 14th St. and Franklin, Oakland.
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Non-native species, synthetic, at 14th St. and Franklin, Oakland.

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