PARKS + OPEN SPACE
LOCATION San Francisco CLIENT Pavement to Parks, City of San Francisco
Persia Triangle is located in the "heart" of the Excelsior District. The project was the result of a partnership between the “Pavement to Parks” program and the Excelsior Action Group (EAG). Many of San Francisco’s streets are excessively wide and contain large underutilized areas. Pavement to Parks is an innovative and experimental program that seeks to convert underused street and intersections, quickly and inexpensively into safe pedestrian spaces. The Persia Triangle project transformed a dangerous street corner into an urban plaza, with three ‘parklets’ and a graphic crosswalk. The parklets provide a much needed resting and meeting place, that also serves to calm traffic and improve pedestrian safety. The plaza is the first step of a larger beautification effort that will take place in the Excelsior District. Fletcher Studio was commissioned to design traffic calming parklets, bulb-outs and chicanes, that also function as public space. The office designed custom modular corten steel planters and benches, which were fabricated by Nice Planter, llc. These planters were made at different heights and were planted with a great variety of succulents, requiring little to no irrigation. Fletcher Studio also designed custom paint templates which were used to paint a polka dot gradient pattern on the sidewalks and crosswalks. The templates were milled and numbered by Machinic fabrication. Fletcher Studio worked with the Department of Public Works (DPW) in the installation of the decking and planters. They also worked with the Municipal Transportation Authority for the painting of the sidewalks and crosswalks. Finally, the planting was completed with volunteers from the community, the EAG and DPW. Persia Triangle opened on the day that the Excelsior hosted “Sunday Streets”, a monthly festival that shuts down major streets in the city for community and pedestrian use. Persia Triangle became the central space of neighborhood events and happenings.