Today is worldwide PARK(ing) Day which translates here in San Francisco to metered parking spots transformed into mini public parks across the land. You may remember, this is also one of the few times city dwellers may legally knit, fly kites and dress up like pirates, right in the middle of the street. We've got our eyes on a few of the more consumption-centered patches across the city.
Alemany Farm will create a fresh smoothie bar outside Rainbow Grocery from a plot of freshly rolled grass on Folsom Street.
Momi Toby's Revolution Cafe & Art Bar will be rolling out a lawn on approximately 1.5 parking spaces outside on Laguna Street in Hayes Valley. The grass will be here until tomorrow, but the best time to swing may be between 4 and 7 p.m. for a happy hour half carafe or beer.
Toy Boat Dessert Cafe on Clement between 5th and 6th Aves. didn't roll out their usual astro turf due to the impending rain, but Liza Pratt of SPUR just dropped off three threes which will accompany a bench and some lawn chairs outside in the next hour.
Temple Nightclubwill be serving fresh-squeezed juices and free bites from Prana Restaurant as DJs spin at 540 Howard Street.
Lululemon on Union Street is offering lemonade and tarot card readings.
The Tenderblog is staking out Hyde Street between Ellis and O'Farrel, right outside Hooker's Sweet Treats.
And last but possibly most intriguing, SPARC, the Mission's new "Apple store of pot dispensaries," will construct a medicinal herb garden and meditation space on its two parking spot slice of Mission Street. They'll be giving away medicinal herbs and seeds. Yum.
Other spots of interest supposedly participating are True Sake at 560 Hayes Street and Caffe Roma on Colombus, though we couldn't get a hold of anyone here to confirm exactly what they're doing. Please take note 18 Reasons and La Boulange de Hayes are not participating even though both are included in the PARK(ing) Day map.
South Park PARK(ing) space. [Photo: NBC Bay Area]