This lively plaza at the eastern end of Market Street is a popular lunchtime gathering place for workers in nearby office buildings. Parents bring their children to play by the Vaillancourt Fountain, while shoppers flock to the regular crafts markets along the plaza’s edge. In summer you can enjoy a series of free lunchtime concerts here, while the winter holiday season marks the return of the outdoor ice skating rink. In recent years, a company has offered zipline tours over the plaza, with sweeping views of the waterfront, during the summer months.
Opened in 1972, Justin Herman Plaza, which is named for the city planner who led redevelopment efforts in the area, was designed by noted architect Lawrence Halprin. At that time the double-deck Embarcadero Freeway loomed directly behind it, dominating the skyline and cutting the plaza off from the waterfront beyond. After the 1989 earthquake, the freeway was torn down, and now the plaza is backed by palm trees, with the Ferry Building tower, just across the Embarcadero, dominating the view. The fountain, by Canadian artist Armand Vaillancourt, has been controversial since its installation — some residents complain that it’s ugly, while others like to climb around and above it, enjoying the play of water as it spills from the fountain’s rectangular steel and concrete arms.
The NetSuite Open Squash Championships returns to San Francisco for the third consecutive year September 26–30 with five days of play at the South Lawn of Justin Herman Plaza on an all-glass portable squash … Continue reading
The City has announced plans to host the Street Soccer USA West Coast Cup, a tournament to raise awareness for homelessness and bridge the gap between our various communities, in June. The tournament will include homeless teams from cities across the nation, playing and competing with corporate teams. The San … Continue reading
Hot Chocolate, crisp air, couples holding hands and lots of people falling on their butts… tis the season for Ice Skating! Whether your’re a wall hugger or have skated all your life, Embarcadero Center and Union Square Ice Rinks will satisfy your lastest desire for skating on the ice! Embarcadero Center … Continue reading