Oakland’s take on privately sponsored public openspace
Location: Oakland, California
Design Team: Justin Viglianti, Andrea Gaffney, Robert Glass
Sponsors: Manifesto Bicycles + Subrosa Coffee
Associated Architect: designpad architecture
Construction Contractor: Heidi Becker, H Factor Landscapes
Photographer: Arnaldo Burgos
Project Year: 2012
Piloted by Bay Area cities and adopted by numerous municipalities around the US, Parklets are privately sponsored publicly accessible mini-parks that take the place of on-street parking spaces. Working with local business owners, the 40th Street Parklet will incorporate specific program elements aimed at enhancing the street appeal and functionality of this major Oakland thoroughfare as it transitions into a more livable neighborhood main street.
O Z I I O along with a team of landscape architects and city planners reached out to the local coffee and bike shop owners along 40th street with a proposal for a program specific parklet and offered to preform the design development, project management, and construction administration services necessary to realize the project.
The 40th Street Parlet has been approved by the city of Oakland and is currently in construction. The project is slated for an August 2012 opening.