Japantown Peace Plaza Improvements

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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 KickoffJune 2018
Concept Design and Community OutreachSpring 2019
Design BeginsEarly 2021
Bid and AwardSummer 2023
Construction BeginsEarly 2024
Project OpeningSummer 2026


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  1. What's New
  2. Documents & Materials
  1. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza April 2022 Update!

    Bringing the vision plan to a buildable reality…. Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Project Update January 2022

    This year we will bring the vision plan into a buildable reality. 2021 marked a year of investigations, structural testing, materials studies and confirming the permit codes with Department of Building Inspections (DBI) Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza project Update 5/3!

    The design started this spring with our team taking a deep ‘technical’ dive into the existing structure and . . . Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Project Update 3/31!

    You may have seen some scaffolding erected around the pagoda over the last month. Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update


    On August 14th, the Recreation and Parks Commission unanimously approved the concept design for the Peace Plaza Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update


    Community meeting 3 on March 19th was a great success! Thank you to all who helped put the event together and to all who attended Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Vision Plan Meeting #3

    The Vision Plan is a community driven process for the future of Japantown’s central public space that builds on the sites legacy. Read on...
  1. Marien Coss

    Project Manager
    Phone: 1-628-652-6647