City Aims To Unify Civic Center Spaces To Create Neighborhood Park [Hoodline]

 
Civic Center Commons stewards from Hunters Point Family. Photo: Cassie Hoeprich

Civic Center Commons stewards from Hunters Point Family. Photo: Cassie Hoeprich

 

After decades of fragmented management, the public plazas between City Hall and the United Nations Plaza — UN Plaza, Civic Center Plaza and Fulton Street between the Main Library and the Asian Art Museum — could be unified through the Civic Center Commons initiative.

Historically, design and management of the three spaces has been challenging; as many as nine city agencies oversee the area, and they largely operate in separate silos, Phil Ginsburg, general manager of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, told Hoodline. 

"[Now], we have not only the city agencies, but also several private and community partners working to activate and improve the area," Ginsburg said. 

The mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is partnering with Rec and Parks, SF Planning, the Department of Public Works, the Main Library, the Asian Art Museum, the Civic Center and Tenderloin Community Benefit Districts and other nearby non-profit and community groups on the initiative. Ginsburg said he has "never felt more optimistic about a joint city and community effort."

Read the full article by Carrie Sisto on Hoodline.

Learn more about the Civic Center Commons Initiative here.