Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation Project
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.
Note as well that 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. For more information on this completed project, please see the project page for Japantown Peace Plaza Expansion Joint Replacement.
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 learn more about the proposed design, please see our Civic Design Review presentation, March 20, 2023 (PDF).
Japantown Center will remain open throughout construction. All entrances will remain open to the public. Please visit and shop local!
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. Thanks in part to the steadfast advocacy work of the Japantown community in partnership with RPD, we have been able to address the $8.5 million funding gap through state and federal grants. We look forward to moving onto the next step; preparation of construction documents.
|Open to the public||Late 2025|
On Wednesday, Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi announced that she had secured $3 million in federal funding for the Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation Project, which will install new paving, plantings, informal seating and Read on...
We wanted to share that there are a few upcoming opportunities to provide input into the Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation Read on...
Join us for an update on the renovation, being presented at a Community Briefing hosted by Japantown Task Force. Read on...
On August 14th, the Recreation and Parks Commission unanimously approved the concept design for the Peace Plaza Read on...
- Japantown Peace Plaza, Civic Design Review Phase 2 + 3, March 20, 2023 (PDF)
- Japantown Peace Plaza, Civic Design Review, October 17, 2022 (PDF)
- Japantown Peace Plaza - Concept Design (updated), February 2023 (PDF)
- Japantown Peace Plaza - Concept Design, May 2019 (PDF)
- Japantown Peace Plaza, CEQA Categorical Exemption Determination, April 2019 (PDF)
Community Meetings - Notes and Presentations