Critical to the success of any new public space project is an engaged community that has contributed to the design and programming of the space throughout that project's evolution. Eagle Plaza has benefited from nearly two years of outreach and participatory design, and continues to evolve as the Friends of Eagle Plaza prepares to assume its leadership role in the ongoing operations and programming of the plaza. Below is a list of the community outreach and city approval meetings held to date.
By the Numbers...
8 Friends of Eagle Plaza meetings
11 Community engagement & feedback meetings
208 Letters of support from community members
209 Subscribers to Eagle Plaza email list
263 Attendees at Feb 2015 Eagle Plaza Beer Bust @ SF Eagle
Introductory Public Community Meeting (Jun 18, 2014) - Plaza concept introduced to community members
Public Community Meeting (Jul 8, 2014) - Community feedback solicited for plaza concept and design
Community Design Charrette (Sep 23, 2014) - Facilitated by Gehl Studio, open to public, stakeholder group design and feedback to inform plaza conceptual design (pictures from event below)
"Report Back" Community Meeting (Dec 2, 2014) - Summary of September charrette outcomes, more feedback solicited
Eagle Plaza Beer Bust (Feb 15, 2015) - Free fundraiser event for Friends of Eagle Plaza showcasing conceptual plaza design and soliciting feedback, both in front of and inside The SF Eagle. (pictures from event below)
Public Community Meeting (Feb 17, 2015) - Showcased conceptual plaza design, same information as at Beer Bust but in more family friendly setting
Friends of Eagle Plaza Formation Committee (Apr 8, 2015) - Initial formation outreach begins, learn more here
CDRC Conceptual Design Review (Apr 20, 2015) - Initial review of conceptual plaza design by Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee (CDRC)
ENCAC Conceptual Design Review (Apr 20, 2015) - Initial review of conceptual plaza design by Eastern Neighborhoods Community Advisory Committee (ENCAC)
Western SoMa Neighborhood Coalition Presentation (Apr 23, 2015) - Presentation and discussion of conceptual plaza design & programming
Friends of Eagle Plaza Meeting (Apr 29, 2015) - Initial formation outreach begins, learn more here
Friends of Eagle Plaza Meeting (May 21, 2015)
Friends of Eagle Plaza Meeting (Jun 3, 2015)
SoMa Bend Neighborhood Association Presentation (Jun 9, 2015) - Presentation and discussion of conceptual design & programming
Friends of Eagle Plaza Meeting (Jul15, 2015)
Friends of Eagle Plaza Meeting (Aug 26, 2015) - Review of schematic design and stewardship model, feedback to design team for final revision before ENCAC review
SF Bay Area Leather Alliance Board Meeting (Sep 17, 2015) - Presentation and discussion of conceptual design & programming
Alden Spafford Leather Alliance Progressive Dinner Outreach (Sep 19, 2015) - Received community feedback and support on Eagle Plaza
SF Leather Walk Celebration Outreach (Sep 20, 2015) - Received community feedback and support on Eagle Plaza
ENCAC Schematic Design Review (Sep 21, 2015) - Hearing to review and approve Eagle Plaza's request for in-kind capital funding. $1.5m in in-kind funding recommended by ENCAC.
Folsom Street Fair (Sep 27, 2015) - Received community feedback and support on Eagle Plaza
Friends of Eagle Plaza Meeting (Oct 14, 2015)
CDRC Schematic Design Review (Nov 16 2015) - Review of and feedback on plaza's schematic design
Friends of Eagle Plaza Meeting (Feb 3, 2016)
Planning Commission Approval (Feb 11, 2016) - San Francisco Planning Commission unanimous approval of $1.5m in in-kind funding for Eagle Plaza
Inter-Agency City Review (2016 — present) Eagle Plaza is still undergoing City Departmental review by Public Works, Planning, SFMTA, Arts Commission, SFPUC, Fire etc. Pending successful review, Eagle Plaza's design will be finalized, and construction would begin in January 2019.