The parklet outside Fabric8 will feature rotating exhibits of public art.

Fabric8 is the latest Mission District business to join in the “parklet” craze.

“We wanted something reflective of the art gallery and the micro neighborhood,” said Olivia Ongpin, co-owner of 22nd Street gallery Fabric8.

Parklets are former parking spaces converted into social spaces. They are open to the public and often feature seating and plants. Parklets are increasingly popping up in front of stores in the Mission — Freewheel Bike Shop, Ritual Coffee, Four Barrel Coffee, and Revolution Café all have designated public spaces in the street.

Fabric8 hired San Francisco-based artist Erik Otto to design their parklet, which includes beanbag seating and a small mural. The installation, which has been up for a week, was created with recycled materials from the San Francisco dump — including the vinyl in the beanbag seats. Neighbors donated the plants.

“There are parklets all around, but this one is a little bit more residential,” said Ongpin, of the parklet’s location off of a major street. “It’s family friendly.”

The plan is to have a rotating design for the parklet, Ongpin said. Otto’s design will be up for the next year and then Fabric8 will accept submissions for the next design. A neighborhood “Artists Jury,” made up of interested community members, will vote on the next design for the installation.

“We want to get the neighbors involved,” Ongpin said. “We want to make it a community spot. Hopefully, it will be a public art gallery for the neighborhood.”

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  1. Crazy!

    There are no parking spaces now!

    And she is going to flip out if homeless sit there!

    Also, she must be pulling these in at night. That makes them not public space at all.

    Egocentric yuppie greed knows no end!

    1. what the hell are you talking about?..seriously, get out some time and take a breath of fresh air. the world is not that bad.