Pavement to Parks San Francisco


The Pavement to Parks program seeks to transform the dialogue about San Francisco's public realm and the role of public spaces in the life and vitality of the city. Experiments typically begin with short week-long and low-cost demonstration closures in unused portions of the street. Successful experiments are then temporarily closed for a year or more. Embraced by the community, some plazas are now transitioning to permanent status and capital upgrades, and new plaza locations are being discussed for the future.

Guidelines and Location Selection

The City welcomes suggestions for projects and locations that meet the criteria below.

  • Sizeable area of under-utilized roadway
  • Lack of public space in the surrounding neighborhood
  • Pre-existing community support for public space at the location
  • Potential to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Surrounding uses that can attract people and activate the space
  • Identified community or business steward

Propose a Pavement to Parks Plaza

If your project idea meets the criteria above, download the Pavement to Parks Plaza Proposal Package by clicking here. Send the completed package of materials via email to: contact

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