Portsmouth Square

seniors dancing with others
Portsmouth Square restroom is closing for renovation Aug-Feb.

Nicknamed the ‘Heart of Chinatown,’ this historic one-block park is a favorite outdoor gathering spot in one of the City’s most densely populated neighborhoods. The park hosts activities for all ages, from early morning Tai Chi practice to competitive games of chess and checkers. Pack a lunch and relax on a bench while children frolic in the busy play area.
In the early 1800s, this site was a public square in the Mexican township of Yerba Buena. When the USS Portsmouth seized Yerba Buena in 1846, the square was renamed in honor of the ship.

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Portsmouth Square Restroom – UPDATE

Despite the heavy rain delays, the building shell is finally up! Next step is the completion of the curving, metal roof. We are pushing to open the new and much-needed restroom by Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015, by working longer days and on weekends. Stay tuned for more progress … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Chinatown Playground Clubhouse Reopens

By Jessica Kwong With the help of a Chinatown neighborhood nonprofit, the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground clubhouse is bouncing back from its underutilized state to the busier days of its elevated past. The clubhouse on Sacramento Street, beneath a basketball court and partially tucked below ground level, until its … Continue reading

UPDATE: Portsmouth Square Restroom

The Portsmouth Square restroom building is being demolished to make way for a new, larger facility. Demolition began Aug. 27th beginning with the jack-hammering of the concrete roof, then followed by the removal of the concrete walls. The Recreation and Park Department apologizes for the noisy activity, which should end … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – Closed for Construction

Portsmouth Square restroom is currently closed for construction, and shall re-open by spring 2015. Six (6) porta potties and 2 wash stations are provided in the interim. The new restroom building was designed through a community process and increases the user capacity to six (6) for each gender, plus a family … Continue reading

UPDATE – Portsmouth Square Restroom Replacement Project

The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to report that the City is advertising the Portsmouth Square Restroom Replacement Project for contractor bids on 4/11/14. Bids will be due on May 7th. Barring any unforeseen complications, an award of contract is anticipated in July 2014, with construction beginning in fall … Continue reading

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