Rapha Cycle Club San Francisco and design studio Rebar plan to unveil the first parklet to be located in San Francisco’s Marina District later this week. The parklet will be located in front of the Cycle Club at the corner of Filbert & Fillmore. The concept is to take a deconstructed Rapha Citroën H-Van and create a public space to serve as a gathering spot for group rides and the tales upon return. “The parklet will be open to anyone, regardless of their bicycle persuasion,” according to Rapha.
Wait, what is a parklet exactly you ask?
A parklet is a small urban park, often created by replacing several under-utilized parallel parking spots with a patio, planters, trees, sometimes bicycle parking, and the such. Designed to repurpose a space and provide a public place for citizens to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city around them. They’ve become quite popular in cities like San Francisco, where the original parklet concept was born in 2005, Philly, and Vancouver.
Renderings of the new space, show the deconstructed Citroën H-Van bookending an open space of benches, tables, and facilitating a rear bike repair area. The H-Van was preserved as much as possible while being transformed into it’s new life as a unique, contemporary urban space.
Asked about what changes the new parklet might bring to the character of the Filbert & Fillmore intersection of San Francisco, Dante Campanile of Rapha Cycle Club San Francisco had this to say, “The Marina is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Francisco. The Cycle Club is sandwiched between two well-known shopping streets, Union and Chestnut. Union Street is home to the neighborhood’s old-world charm, while Chestnut has some of the best people-watching this side of Market Street. In between all that, hanging out at the Cycle Club, are Lycra-clad road cyclists and some of SF’s most dapper city riders.”
“What I hope the parklet will bring to the neighborhood is the same wish that I have for the Cycle Club, that anyone that steps foot into the space will discover a newfound sense of community. Whether, as a cyclist, you follow the most rigorous, threshold-inducing training regime, or are simply in search for the Marina’s best coffee, the Cycle Club is intended for everyone. It has a unique mix of characters and this leads to great stories being told around the Cycle Club’s communal tables. We hope to see that spirit flow out onto the parklet.”
The new parklet is set to be unveiled this Friday evening at the corner of Filbert & Fillmore in San Francisco. The renowned Empanada truck El Sur, also a transfromed Citroën will be on site to serve tasty tradtitional Argentinian cuisine.
We’ll be there this friday night to check out the official unveil, so check back later for photos of the parklet and unveil party! Until then, more details are available on Rapha’s Blog here.