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SF Recreation and Park Taking First Steps in Peace Plaza Restoration


Japantown Task Force Organizes a Community Meeting Set for July 31 at the Japanese Culture and Community Center 

On July 31, The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will begin engagement with the community on the much needed restoration of the Japantown Peace Plaza. The organizer for this meeting is the Japantown Task Force and will be hosted by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California(JCCCNC) located at 1840 Sutter Street. The planning started in 1963 and the plaza was dedicated in 1968 as part of the redevelopment plan as part of the construction of the Japan Trade Center now Japan Center East and West Malls. The original plaza had pools and a granite bridge connecting what is today the east and west malls as well as a row of 12 flagpoles lining the Post Street entrance.

Yoshiro_Taniguchi_&_Minoru_Yamasaki_-_Japan_Center_(model)_(cropped)(PS)

Source: archive.org/San Francisco Public Library scan, https://archive.org/details/peacepagoda1965sanf

The plaza was last renovated in 2001 to what is seen today. The community uses this space for over 10 events a year with the biggest event – the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival.

This is the second step in the five step roadmap outlined by the SF Rec & Park’s which will conclude in 2019 with a complete report and recommendations. Funding beyond this report has not been determined. For more information on the process, visit the SF Rec &Park’s Japantown Peace Plaza Vision Plan landing page.




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