Japantown Peace Plaza Improvements
The Japantown Peace Plaza (Peace Plaza) Renovation Project is vital to the Japanese American community, Asian American and Pacific Islander community. For over 110 years, over 5 generations, San Francisco's Japantown is one of the last three remaining Japantowns in the United States. The Peace Plaza open space has been the cultural heart of the Japantown and is a key destination site for cultural festivals and community celebrations in Northern California. It is home to culturally significant community organizations, institutions, artists, businesses, and buildings.
Scope of Work
The Peace Plaza Vision Plan, video attached, is an inspiration for the future of Japantown’s central public space. An extensive community engagement process resulted in the visionary framework informing both design and future construction. The renovated plaza will have all new features: new paving (over new waterproofing), planting, informal seating, and maintain the highly used, central gathering space for cultural events.
To begin the essential work for the community, $25 million of the 2020 SF Health and Recovery Bond is allocated for the renovation project.
Due to unforeseen pandemic-related construction impacts, the results of further analysis and testing of the existing conditions, and additional planning to better accommodate the garden or greening aspect of the plan, the budget has now shifted to an estimated $33.5 million. To address the funding challenge, RPD has committed $2 million from the 2020 Bond Contingency which brings our current committed funds to $27 million for the Peace Plaza project. With a remaining $6.5 million funding gap, RPD is focused on a working partnership with the community to actively seek additional funds through state and federal grants and other resources. To buffer against additional time extension cost increases, RPD is moving the project forward as we continue to seek additional funds. The city is committed to delivering the project successfully.
In 2021, Rec and Park replaced the expansion joints located on east and west edges of plaza to protect from water intrusion. This improvement will remain throughout the future full renovation of the plaza. The expansion joints, approximately $350,000, were funded equally by Rec Park and MTA.
|Project Kickoff||June 2018|
|Concept Design and Community Outreach||Spring 2019|
|Design Begins||Early 2021|
|Bid and Award||Summer 2023|
|Construction Begins||Early 2024|
|Project Opening||Summer 2026|
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On August 14th, the Recreation and Parks Commission unanimously approved the concept design for the Peace Plaza Read on...
- Item 11 Japantown Peace Plaza Concept Design Approval Staff Report
- Item 11 Japantown Peace Plaza Concept Design Approval _RPD COMMISSION_CONCEPT
- Final Concept Plan - Booklet (PDF)
- Japantown Peace Plaza Community Meeting 1 Presentation (PDF)
- Japantown Peace Plaza Community Meeting 2 Presentation (PDF)
- Japantown Peace Plaza Community Meeting 3 Presentation (PDF)