Corwin Street Community Garden

Corwin Street Community Garden

In 2003, San Francisco Beautiful recognized the Corwin Street Community Garden with a Beautification Award. The Koshland family gifted this property to the City and donated seed money. Volunteer community effort on Recreation and Park Department property using recycled and donated materials, extensive native planting and limited irrigation together created a lush, clean and educational greenspace above the Castro. […]

Chess on Market

Chess on Market

For over 30 years, chess games have been a popular activity near Fifth and Market. Earlier this month, SFPD shut down the games and confiscated the chess pieces and boards because, “It’s turned into a big public nuisance. I think maybe it’s a disguise for some other things that are going on.” said police Capt. […]

Play Streets (2013)

Play Streets

In some San Francisco neighborhoods the options for community gatherings and outdoor play are limited -not only by the availability of safe, open spaces- but by the permitting process that allows communities to program and access these spaces. 25% of San Francisco is street or sidewalk space. Creating a process to allow temporary street closures […]

Victoria Manalo Draves (2007)

Victoria Manalo Draves

$5000 for a community bulletin board at Victoria Manalo Draves Park. Since 1988, San Francisco Beautiful has been helping neighbors realize their dreams for a more beautiful city with small grants. Through our grant program we were able to revitalize community assets like gardens, create innovative new opportunities for interaction, and help communities build their capacity […]

Chinatown Alleyway Youth Stewardship (2004)

Chinatown Alleyway Youth Stewardship

$2500 to Chinatown Community Development Center for the Chinatown Alleyway Youth Stewardship Project. Since 1988, San Francisco Beautiful has been helping neighbors realize their dreams for a more beautiful city with small grants. Through our grant program we were able to revitalize community assets like gardens, create innovative new opportunities for interaction, and help communities build […]

Cortland Street Beautification (2003)

Cortland Street Beautification

$5000 to Cortland Street Merchants Association for the Cortland St. beautification project. Since 1988, San Francisco Beautiful has been helping neighbors realize their dreams for a more beautiful city with small grants. Through our grant program we were able to revitalize community assets like gardens, create innovative new opportunities for interaction, and help communities build their […]

UN Plaza – Play, Pause, Connect (2014-15)

Pause, Play, Connect

UN Plaza is named after the United Nations, whose charter was signed in San Francisco, just two blocks away. Fulton Street at Hyde Streets were closed to create this 2.5-acre pedestrian space in the 70s as a part of the Market Street Reconstruction Project which coincided with building of the Market Street BART stations in San […]