Shading Spaces

By Catlin Dorset

San Diego’s first “parklet” is slated to take up residence in North Park this spring, right in front of Caffé Calabria on 30th Street.

“It’s a temporary structure in two parking spaces that is intended to increase walkability,” says Angela Landsberg, executive director of North Park Main Street, the neighborhood’s business improvement district. “It’s a place for people to gather... more of an urban outdoor space for the community.”

This parklet will offer upwards of a dozen seats for passers by to kick up their heels, meet with friends or get lost in a great magazine (see: the front cover).

Pro bono design work is being completed by North Park-based OBR Architecture, and Caffé Calabria’s making sure things sit well with local taxpayers by footing the construction bill and maintaining the community space.

Landsberg says there are four more parklets coming to neighborhoods throughout San Diego as part of the Parklet Pilot Program; exact locations and dates have yet to be determined.