Buchanan Street Mall Renovation Project

IMG_0639_MayorWithKiddosAtAll-AgesPlayBlockProject Summary

The Buchanan Mall partnership had its first success on November 7, 2015, when Supervisor Vallie Brown, Mayor London Breed, Green Streets, Citizen Film, The Trust for Public Land (TPL), The Exploratorium’s Studio for Public Spaces, and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, along with many members of the Western Addition community, gathered to celebrate change in Buchanan Mall with the installation of the "Activation." The Activation was designed as a temporary installation of gardens, benches, archways, historical photos, lighting, and two "audio-domes" providing stories from the neighborhood.  

After extensive engagement activities and workshops, the Buchanan Street Mall Vision Plan was generated by the Western Addition community and published by the Trust for Public Land in 2017. Rec and Parks then continued working with our partners Citizen Film, Green Streets, and TPL, to create a conceptual design for the entire five blocks of the park. The concept plan—developed by the Office of Cheryl Barton, with support from Studio MLA—was approved by the Recreation and Parks Commission in April 2020.

Key Project Goals

  • Safety, lighting, and beautification
  • Connect all blocks and unify the community
  • Tell the story of the community and the neighborhood
  • Social interaction and multi-generational recreation
  • Skills training and jobs creation

The concept plan was used to seek additional project funding and guide future capital investment as funding becomes available. The Recreation and Parks Department has contracted with SF Public Works for design and construction administration services for Phase 1, which includes full renovation of the Eddy – Turk, Turk – Golden Gate, and the McAllister – Fulton blocks, as well as improvements at all four segmenting intersections. Rec and Parks is also collaborating with the SF Public Utilities Commission to deliver green infrastructure that will better manage stormwater in the area and beautify the intersections along Buchanan Mall.

Project Schedule

January 2015

Phase 1 (Eddy – Turk, Turk – Golden Gate, McAllister – Fulton, and all intersections)

Design                         April 2020
Construction                April 2023
Open to Public            June 2024

Phase 2 (Golden Gate – McAllister and McAllister – Fulton blocks) 


The Buchanan Street Mall conceptual design was funded by The Trust for Public Land and its donors. Project seed funding came from the 2012 Neighborhood Parks Bond Let’sPlaySF! program, Buchanan Street Mall was a named project in the 2020 Health and Recovery Bond, and additional funding sources include development impact fees, a joint green infrastructure partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, a special California budget allocation from Senator Wiener, a Prop 68 Statewide Parks Grant, and other public funds.



Project Partners

  1. The Trust for Public Land - A national nonprofit founded in San Francisco in 1972 to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. TPL funded the conceptual design contract and is supporting the development of the Memory Walk by administering a Prop 68 Statewide Parks project grant. 
  2. Citizen Film - A nationally recognized nonprofit that uses documentary storytelling, including film, oral histories, and other media, as a tool to foster dialogue about solutions to local problems. Citizen Film has partnered with Green Streets to engage neighbors, tell stories of community empowerment, facilitate park activation, and develop artwork and interpretive elements along the Memory Walk.
  3. Green Streets - The staff of this small local business were key community organizers and members of the Design Task Force, which developed the Activation design and continue to connect the community to the project. Green Streets is a social enterprise providing environmental services and beautification for affordable housing properties along the Buchanan Street Mall through recycling, composting, and community education programs.
  4. The Exploratorium - Exploratorium Studio for Public Spaces works in the public realm to create exhibits and environments that encourage play, exploration, creativity, and social connection. The Exploratorium Studio designed the Activation project and facilitated a unique community design-build process. The studio continues to advise on the project.

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  1. Capital Project Update


  2. Capital Project Update

    Memory Walk Design at Buchanan Street Mall - Community Meeting

    Core to the community-driven redesign of Buchanan Street Mall, the Memory Walk is envisioned to physically connect all five blocks of the park . . . Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Mall stage preview and last call for the Phase 1 design refinement survey!

    Design is progressing for the stage on the McAllister to Fulton block, thanks to the thoughtful input input provided by local performing art stakeholders Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall Phase 1 – Community Meeting on 2/24/2022

    It’s time to CELEBRATE! For seven years, the Western Addition community has dreamed about what Buchanan Mall could become with the right vision and resources. Those dreams are coming true! Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Mall, Turk – Golden Gate at SFAC Civic Design Review Monday 9/20

    After almost seven years of community-driven engagement and visioning, SF Rec and Parks is thrilled to be moving forward with a clear schedule for . . . Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Design continues and additional funding received for Buchanan Street Mall!

    Thanks to the 174 people who participated in the survey to refine the design of Buchanan Street Mall, Turk – Golden Gate block. . . Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Complete the survey to refine the design of an all-ages play area in Buchanan Street Mall

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the Virtual Community Meeting . . . Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Virtual Meeting and Survey to Refine the Design for Buchanan Street Mall

    The Buchanan Street Mall project team is seeking community feedback to inform the look and feel and the specific equipment included in the new all-ages recreation area in the Turk - Golden Gate block Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update


    The Fillmore community has been reimagining Buchanan Street Mall since late 2014, to design a safer more inclusive neighborhood space Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update


    Please join us on Nov 1st as we begin to create the conceptual design for the entire five block length of Buchanan Mall. Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update


    We are excited to have The Office of Cheryl Barton (O|CB) join us as designers for the conceptual design proposals for the entire 5 block length of Buchanan Mall Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update


    In March 2017, Rec & Park’s partners, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) together with Citizen Film, completed an intensive community engagement process Read on...
  1. Lauren Dietrich Chavez

    Project Manager
    Phone: 1-628-652-6643