Couches and chairs could soon be a normal sight on Calgary streets after Ald. John Mar's idea to set up pop-up parks passed a hurdle at city council Monday morning — although in a narrow vote.

The so-called "s-PARK" would be set up for about a month at a time before the furniture would be moved to a different area of the city.

The pilot project will cost $20,000 and, if successful, another $70,000 would be spent to expand the project.

The test phase is being delayed until summer 2013.

"We've waited 100 years for this, we can wait another," said Mar.