South Park Improvement Association adds parklet plaza to Jack London Alley

A temporary plaza is now providing some public space for South Park residents and visitors. Photo: Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline

Residents of the Mission Housing South Park properties now have a little bit more public space while the park renovation is underway

Residents of Hotel Madrid and The Park View joined with other residents around South Park and successfully petitioned the City for a special feature to provide a respite from the congestion caused by the park renovation.

The San Francisco Planning Department’s Pavement to Parks program helped green light the conversion of two parking spaces along Jack London Alley into temporary parklets. The spaces will remain until the construction is completed.

Caffe Centro, a Mission Housing commercial tenant, has partnered with the City to help maintain the space. Caffe Centro also loaned the plaza project some tables and chairs until other larger tables can be provided.

Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing, told “…closing [the plaza] to vehicles will reduce traffic around the park and improve pedestrian safety in the area.”

You can read more about the new alley feature in the post by Brittany Hopkins on