Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation Project

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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.

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!

Funding

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.

The construction contract award for this project was approved by Recreation and Parks Commission on December 21, 2023 (PDF). This construction contract award obtained and complies with all city, state, and federal regulatory approvals, including any that are specific to this project's funding sources.

Project Schedule

PhaseTimeline
PlanningSummer 2018
DesignWinter 2020
Construction contract awarded
December 21, 2023
ConstructionSpring 2024
Open to the publicLate 2025/Early 2026


Project Updates

Monthly Public Meetings, every fourth Tuesday, 5-6 p.m. Japantown Task Force (JTF), Peace Plaza Committee holds monthly public meetings. Please visit the committees page of the Japantown Task Force website for agenda, location (zoom link or in-person), meeting minutes, and any updates: https://www.japantowntaskforce.org/peace-plaza-committee


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  1. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation | Construction contract awarded!

    Recreation and Park Commission awarded the construction contract for Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation to Plant Construction on December 21, 2023. Thank you to the Japantown Task Force Executive Members that voiced their Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation | Construction bids opened

    Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation bids were opened in a Public Works virtual meeting on October 18, 2023. Public Works Contract Administration is reviewing Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation | Construction bid opportunity now advertised!

    Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation bid has been advertised! Please share with Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Nancy Pelosi Secures $3 Million in Funding for Japantown Peace Plaza

    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...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation | Upcoming Opportunities to Provide Public Comment

    We wanted to share that there are a few upcoming opportunities to provide input into the Japantown Peace Plaza Renovation Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Project Update | Feb 28, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Join us for an update on the renovation, being presented at a Community Briefing hosted by Japantown Task Force. Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza Project Update, Sept 2022

    Virtual community meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Japantown Peace Plaza April 2022 Update!

    Bringing the vision plan to a buildable reality…. Read on...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
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    Project Manager