Creating and testing ideas for new public spaces in San Francisco.


Persia Triangle / Image by Samuel Heller


The Pavement to Parks program seeks to transform the dialogue about San Francisco’s public realm and the role of public spaces in the life and vitality of the city. Experiments typically begin with short week-long and low-cost demonstration closures in unused portions of the street. Successful experiments are then temporarily closed for a year or more. Embraced by the community, some plazas are now transitioning to permanent status and capital upgrades, and new plaza locations are being discussed for the future.

Guidelines and Location Selection

The City welcomes suggestions for projects and locations that meet the criteria below.

  • Sizeable area of under-utilized roadway
  • Lack of public space in the surrounding neighborhood
  • Pre-existing community support for public space at the location
  • Potential to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Surrounding uses that can attract people and activate the space
  • Identified community or business steward

Propose a Pedestrian Plaza

Plaza Proposal Package V.03.31.2016

Pavement to Parks Plaza Proposal Package

Is there a place in your neighborhood where you’d like to test an idea for a temporary plaza? Perhaps it’s an empty lot, a really wide but not often used part of a road, or small alley? Here is a proposal package that will help you get started on firming up your concept. Pavement to Parks can assess your proposal and advise on next steps to make sure that you build in stewardship, programming, and maintenance as part of the proposed idea. Proposals must be submitted by a sponsoring local organization; for example a Community Benefit District, Neighborhood Association, Merchants Association, or ‘Friends of’ group.

Download the Plaza Proposal Package [ PDF 610 kB ]

Pedestrian Plaza Materials Catalog

Pavement to Parks Plaza Materials Catalogue

Pavement to Parks Plaza Materials Catalogue

The interdepartmental Pavement to Parks team has developed a pre-approved set of basic components for creating public spaces. These include ground surface treatments, planters, and furnishings which the City will provide once a Plaza Proposal is accepted by Pavement to Parks. This catalog will continue to expand in the future to include other elements and choices for temporary physical treatments in the Right-of-Way. Check the website regularly for new updates.

Download the Plaza Materials Catalog [ PDF 4 MB ]

Plaza Projects

Jack London Pop-Up Plaza

Neighborhood: South Park / South Beach
Partners: South Park Improvement Association, Cafe Centro

Tunnel Top Park / Interim Amenities Design-Build

Neighborhood: Potrero-Dogpatch
Partners: Tunnel Top Park Steering Committee, Colifornia College of the Arts

Playland at 43rd Avenue

Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Partners: Friends of Playland at 43rd Avenue, SF Unified School District, Perkins + Will

Annie Street Plaza

Neighborhood: South of Market
Partners: Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, CMG Landscape Architecture, Angotti-Reilly

Persia Triangle

Neighborhood: Excelsior
Partners: Excelsior Action Group, Office of Supervisor Avalos, San Francisco Parks Alliance, SF Public Works, SFMTA, David Fletcher Studio, Niceplanter

Jane Warner Plaza

Neighborhood: Castro/Upper Market
Partners: Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, Orphan Andy’s Restaurant, Great Streets Project, Boor Bridges Architecture, Public Architecture


San Jose / Guerrero Park

Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Partners: Friends of Guerrero Park, Shift Design Studio

Naples Green

Neighborhood: Excelsior
Partners: Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association, the Excelsior Action Group, San Francisco Clean City Coalition, Shift Design Studio

Showplace Triangle

Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Partners: Rebar Group, Flora Grubb Nursery, Recology, Axis Café, and San Francisco Clean City Coalition


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