- Parks and Facilities
United Nations Plaza
- Available for Rentals
- Dog Play Area
- Skate Park
San Francisco's United Nations Plaza, located adjacent to Market Street, is the gateway to City Hall, and at night offers one of the best views of the Civic Center Plaza. Named after the United Nations (UN), whose charter was created in San Francisco, UN Plaza is another city park which displays San Francisco history and culture. The plaza is surrounded by both the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library, and contains several historic statues and a fountain. Both BART and MUNI underground have a station located within the plaza, allowing easy transportation to the site.
A $2 million renovation by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in 2023 was part of a larger effort by city, state and federal partners, the Civic Center Benefit District, nonprofit organizations, law enforcement, and neighboring cultural institutions to transform the Civic Center area into a clean, safe, and vibrant public space for everyone. Its revitalization as a destination for city residents aligns with goals of the Mayor’s Roadmap to San Francisco’s Future.
Activations in Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Philadelphia lent inspiration to design of the project. A 13,000-square-foot skating plaza, designed by local professional skateboarders and skate park advocates, is filled with elements from iconic skate spots around the City, most of which no longer exist. Its centerpiece, a skateable pyramid, is nod to Place de la République in Paris, a large multi-use pedestrian plaza that incorporates street skating. While several cities in Europe have designed public spaces for pedestrians and skateboarders, San Francisco is now the only U.S. city to adopt a design at this scale that thoughtfully integrates both groups.
In addition to the skating area and tables for ping pong, teqball, chess, foosball and cornhole, UN Plaza now includes an outdoor fitness studio with strength-building stations and an outdoor class space for tai chi, yoga, HIIT, Zumba and other group exercise for all fitness levels. Additional elements such as new plants, trees, café seating and Tivoli lights have also been added for visitor enjoyment morning, noon and night.
U.N. Plaza is available for rental for special events. More info
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