Jfk Promenade will host arts and community events this fall


Once a vehicular road, now a boardwalk – over the past three weeks, crews have razed some of the old road markings on John F. Kennedy Drive to better reflect the new use of the roadway, a residential recreation space .

In an effort to foster community connection and happiness, next week the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks will launch its Promenade Play Days program, a series of free arts and performance events appearing on the stretch of JFK deemed car-free by city supervisors in April. .

“We want to make sure that when people arrive, they’re greeted with a vibrant and welcoming boardwalk,” Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg said in a statement. “We are experimenting with temporary installations involving art, food, social seating and interactive elements to see what works best and elicits positive feedback from park users. The goal is to create the kind of vibrant public space that enhances lives and strengthens communities.

In late September, Illuminate, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, will fill the promenade with music and art, installing two public pianos on either side of the pavement, adding nostalgic heads of Doggie Diner – the mascot of the beloved and now closed Bay Area restaurant chain. — and head offices.

“San Francisco’s cultural re-emergence doesn’t start anywhere; it starts everywhere at once,” Illuminate founder and visionary leader Ben Davis said in a statement. “The cultural fabric that our region’s creative community weaves along the JFK Parkway is designed to reveal the promise and potential of the new walkway as a place of safety, joy, diversity and fun for residents and visitors to San Francisco.”

Paint the Void will also invite local artists to paint colorful murals along the route. Artist Josue Rojas said he was excited to work on this project, as he has been painting murals in the Mission neighborhood for over 25 years.

“As a San Franciscan, I’m so excited to help bring renewed use to Golden Gate Park. I myself frequent JFK Promenade and often cycle from the Mission to the beach. I’m so excited to be a part of the Golden Mile Project,” Rojas said.

And in the near future, Rec and Park also plans to bring games like ping pong and cornhole, a rock climbing wall, a mobile public library, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden to the hotel. space. A Halloween event and Christmas tree lighting celebration are also in the works.

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