Thanks for Joining us at the July 1st Sundays Block Party

Thank you to everyone who helped make the launch to the 1st Sunday Block Party a success! On July 1st, approximately 2,500 people joined us at the 1st Sunday Block Party on Fulton Street. Attendees enjoyed a special performance and juggling workshop by San Francisco’s own Circus Bella, free dance/movement workshops with Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, an interactive exhibit by the designers from NONAPS at the Village Artist Corner, block printing tutorials by Jenny Lemons, a LEGO build station by the Department of Children Youth and Families, and more! Click here to see more photos of the July 1st event on the Civic Center Intiative’s Facebook page. 

The Civic Center Initiative is hosting weekend block parties on the 1st Sunday of every month now through November 4th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library. These FREE family-friendly events feature recreational activities for all ages, a selection of bar and street food offerings curated by Off the Grid, music and promotional appearances by Bonneville San Francisco, an open-air bazaar with one-of-a-kind goods created by local SF Etsy artisans, DIY arts and crafts activities, and other rotating attractions.  

The next 1st Sunday Block Block Party will be on August 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Fulton Street at Larkin. This event will feature:

    • A Make-Your-Own-Slime booth
  • And, a chance to play your friends in family in a game of giant scrabble, brought to you by 826 Valencia

We look forward to seeing you out there! Learn more about August 5th event  here, and invite friends and neighbors via Facebook or Eventbrite.

It’s Springtime at the Heart of the City Farmers’ Market!

Springtime in the Civic Center public spaces means that the Heart of the City Farmers’ Market is brimming with new produce offerings. Whether you’re a longtime customer or new shopper, now is a great time to visit the market, which takes place in UN Plaza on Sundays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Wednesdays from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Lookout for new springtime produce offerings like mulberries, zucchini, snap peas, and more. And grab some Tulips while you’re at it!

The Heart of the City Farmers’ Market has been operating in UN Plaza since 1981, and it’s no secret that this market is a major attraction in Civic Center. But, did you know that the market plays a critical role in making fresh, healthy  food accessible to those in need? Heart of the City Farmers’ Market:

  • Distributes over $1 million annually in food assistance at the Market information tent;
  • Executes the largest farmers market EBT program in California (nearly 70% of EBT benefits used at San Francisco farmers markets are used at this market!); and
  • Makes over $250,000 per year in grant-funded incentives available to promote purchasing sustainable, local produce with an EBT card.

The Heart of the City Farmers’ Market has been a true pioneer in making healthy eating accessible to all by accepting various forms of payment (such as EBT and WIC). We hope you’ll stop by the market to do your shopping and support the many small farmers who are bringing the bounty of spring to UN Plaza!

Provide Your Input to Help Shape the Redesign of San Francisco’s JCDecaux Public Toilets and Kiosks!

Civic Center public spaces are home to two JCDecaux Public Toilets – one in UN Plaza, and one in Civic Center Plaza at Grove Street and Larkin Street. Both JCDecaux toilets in the Civic Center public spaces are staffed each day through the Pit Stop Program.

Today,  Public Works has announced that the agency, in partnership with the JCDecaux outdoor furniture company, is embarking on a once-in-a-generation replacement of San Francisco’s on-street public toilets and multi-function kiosks. After an invitation-only design competition among San Francisco architects and industrial designers, three finalists have been chosen.

“The trio of conceptual designs will be on display for community input on how San Francisco can re-envision these public amenities to meet the functional needs and aesthetics of our 21st-century iconic city,” said Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru.

We hope you’ll check out the new designs and provide your input! 

The designs will be on display today through April 30th at the Main Library in Civic Center and for one day, on Wednesday, April 25th, at the Heart of the City Farmers Market in UN Plaza.

Members of the public can submit a comment form at these locations, online or by email to beth.rubenstein@sfdpw.org. The deadline for submissions is 10 a.m. Monday, April 30. The comments will help inform the design competition jury’s decision.

Have you seen the new mural in UN Plaza?

San Francisco-based muralist Jason Jägel has completed a new mural in UN Plaza, at the former Carl’s Junior restaurant site. The Carl’s Jr. restaurant’s lease expired in November of 2017, and while the property owner works on finding a new tenant, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development worked with the property owner, artist and 826 Valencia to help organize the installation of the mural to provide a bright new public art amenity.

Jägel’s mural in UN Plaza uses spray paint and acrylic paint pens to intersperse images in a collage-like fashion, relying on abstract connections to foster viewers’ imaginations. The images that appear in the mural in UN Plaza are inspired by Jägel’s experience in taking the words and writings by young authors from the Tenderloin who are participating in programs at the 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center – a non-profit youth center devoted to supporting under-resourced students with writing skills. Jägel directly quotes snippets of students’ writings, empowering those voices as they play with his images. The next time you’re in UN Plaza, check out the murals! You can also visit 826 Valencia to get a first-hand glimpse of the program just two blocks away at 180 Golden Gate Ave.

If you have questions about this mural project, please contact Juan Carlos Cancino, Office of Economic and Workforce Development at juancarlos.cancino@sfgov.org.

Images from booooooom.com Artist Spotlight.