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    Reviving San Francisco – Civic Center

    Photos by Rink and Juan R. Davila

    San Francisco Bay Times lead photographer Rink and volunteer coordinator Juan R. Davila made their way to U.N. Plaza to observe and participate in the three-day Civic Center Carnival held August 25–27 at Fulton Street between the Main Library and the Asian Art Museum.

    The carnival was a precursor to a series of special events being rolled out, starting this month, by the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks in a pilot program designed to transform the U.N. Plaza. Inspired by similar initiatives held in other cities, including Philadelphia, PA, and international municipalities such as Paris and Madrid, the plans include installation of facilities for multiple recreation activities.

    Among civic leaders lending their support to the project are City Librarian Michael Lambert, Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Supervisor Dean Preston, and Asian Art Museum CEO Barbara Bass Bakar.

    Mayor London Breed described the plans as “one of many ways we are creating joy and celebrating in the heart of our city. Creating vibrant, lively public spaces with activities people of all ages can enjoy is how we create stronger, safer communities.”

    The Mayor’s recently approved budget includes resources for new park rangers in a coordinated effort to focus law enforcement and cleaning resources around the Tenderloin, Mid-Market, and South of Market areas in addition to Civic Center and U.N. Plaza.

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    Published on September 7, 2023