Place Lab

Our cities and neighborhoods deserve great public space.

When properly cared for, urban plazas, parks and streets unite communities, providing safe shared places to relax, play, connect and celebrate.

When neglected, they divide communities and undermine shared values.

The Place Lab team within SF Parks Alliance applies the spirit of innovation to empower communities to create and sustain great public spaces. The team works at the intersection of cities, communities and funders to prototype new ways of making public spaces that are clean, safe and welcoming for all, for the long term.

Place Lab works in three main program areas:

  1. New Public Space Creation: To bring together community, city agencies and the private sector to create new vibrant public spaces.

  2. Public Space Stewardship: To bring funding and empowerment tools to communities to enable them to improve their neighborhood quality of life.

  3. Public Space Policy: To collaborate with cities to create policies that deliver healthy public spaces.

Plabe Lab Project List: