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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.
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.
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.
|Open to the public||Late 2025|
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Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation | Upcoming Opportunities to Provide Public CommentWe wanted to share that there are a few upcoming opportunities to provide input into the Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation Read on...
Japantown Peace Plaza Project Update | Feb 28, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMJoin us for an update on the renovation, being presented at a Community Briefing hosted by Japantown Task Force. Read on...
Japantown Peace Plaza Project Update, Sept 2022Virtual community meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Read on...
Japantown Peace Plaza April 2022 Update!Bringing the vision plan to a buildable reality…. Read on...
Japantown Peace Plaza Project Update January 2022This 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...
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...
Japantown Peace Plaza Project Update 3/31!You may have seen some scaffolding erected around the pagoda over the last month. Read on...
JAPANTOWN PEACE PLAZA RECEIVES REC PARK COMMISSION APPROVAL!On August 14th, the Recreation and Parks Commission unanimously approved the concept design for the Peace Plaza Read on...
COMMUNITY MEETING 3 – DESIGN AND SURVEY ARE LIVECommunity 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...
Japantown Peace Plaza Vision Plan Meeting #3The Vision Plan is a community driven process for the future of Japantown’s central public space that builds on the sites legacy. Read on...
- Japantown Peace Plaza - Concept Design (updated), February 2023 (PDF)
- Japantown Peace Plaza - Concept Design, May 2019 (PDF)
- Rec Park Commission, Japantown Peace Plaza, staff report, March 16, 2023 (PDF)
- Rec Park Commission, Japantown Peace Plaza, General Fund Specified Grant Agreement and Accept and Expend, March 16, 2023 (PDF)
- Rec Park Commission, Japantown Peace Plaza, staff report for Japantown Peace Plaza – Grant Agreement and Accept and Expend, March 16, 2023 (PDF)
- Rec Park Commission, Japantown Peace Plaza, Capital Committee, concept update, March 1, 2023 (PDF)
- Rec Park Commission, staff report, Japantown Peace Plaza Concept Design Approval, August 7, 2019 (PDF)
- Rec Park Commission, Japantown Peace Plaza Concept Plan, August 7, 2019 (PDF)
Community Meetings - Notes and Presentations