Portsmouth Square Improvement Project

Redesigning Chinatown’s Historic Public Plaza & Surrounding Area Project Introduction & Description

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the San Francisco Planning Department, is undertaking a redesign of Portsmouth Square and the surrounding area, to be funded by Transit Center Impact Fee funds allocated for Chinatown neighborhood park improvements.

Scope of Work

The project features an initial Planning Phase and a subsequent Design Phase. The Planning Phase has already been completed and consisted of an existing condition and feasibility analysis of Portsmouth Square and the surrounding streets. The site data, program analysis, and project recommendations from this phase are documented in the Portsmouth Square Area Existing Conditions and Feasibility Report. This Design Phase will define the:

  • Conduct a Broad Community Outreach Process
  • Develop a Concept Design
  • Obtain Necessary Regulatory Approvals
  • Produce a Conceptual Design Report
  • Project Scope and Budget

Improvements

The project will then continue through schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction once funding becomes available. The project will consist of the improvement of all existing park features including:

  • Adjacent Streetscape
  • Associated Site WorkPortsmouth Project Area Map
  • Buildings
  • Children’s Play Areas
  • Landscaping
  • Pedestrian Bridge
  • Plazas

The parking garage and the newly completed restrooms are not included in the scope of work.

Project Timeline

  • January to December 2014 Portsmouth Square Area Existing Conditions and Feasibility Report
  • October to March 2016 RFP for Portsmouth Square Concept Design; Selection of Design Team and Award of Contract
  • February 2017 to Early 2018 Design Phase 1 (Portsmouth Square Area Concept Design)
  • Mid 2018 - Design Phase 2 Begins (Schematic Design)

Project Area

The plan below outlines the Project Area, including the park and the streetscape along Kearny Street, Washington Street, Clay Street, and Walter U Lum Place.

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  1. Capital Project Update

    Portsmouth Square Project Update 3/31!

    We are excited to move towards our next phase for the Portsmouth Square improvement project! Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Workshop #4 Summary

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  3. Capital Project Update

    Workshop #3 Summary

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  4. Capital Project Update

    Workshop #5 Summary

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  1. Michael DeGregorio

    Project Manager
    Phone: 1-628-652-6649