Thank you for registering to join us on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 for our third annual Public Space Summit!

This year’s Summit is a two-day gathering in which you will hear from a diverse set of public space champions, learn about new tools for engaging your community, and be inspired by local leaders and their projects across the City. The first day, Friday, features a series of virtual sessions that focus on equity in public spaces, best practices for community engagement, the changing nature of San Francisco’s public realm and more. The second day, Saturday, revolves around an optional and social distance friendly outdoor scavenger hunt, highlighting many of the amazing public spaces and their partner groups across the City.

A detailed schedule, session descriptions and Zoom information (to come) can all be found below.

We look forward to seeing you on the screen and out in your public spaces on May 7th and 8th!

Conference Schedule (PDF)

Friday Schedule

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
via Zoom

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Opening & Keynote – Let’s Roll!
Welcome to the 2021 Public Space Summit! In this opening session, you’ll hear from local leaders and sponsors, as well as an opening keynote featuring the Godfather of Skate, David Miles, in conversation with SF Chronicle’s Heath Knight as they discuss the public space, community, equity and more.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Partner Track – A Portal into the Future
See a sneak preview of the Partner Portal, a single place to view updates and frequently requested items! Within this new Portal, you’ll be able to access items such as FSA or Independent Contractors forms, daily donation information, recent financial statements and more.

General Track – Ecology & Equity: Strategies for More Accessible & Sustainable Community Spaces
Putting equity into action is easier said than done. Any equitable strategy must include a strategy for increasing accessibility. Join us at this session for a conversation with community garden stewards and farmers about the challenges, opportunities, and strategies around promoting stewardship in low-income, BIPOC communities.

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wheel of Partners
Our Community Partner Network is full of exciting projects and people all over San Francisco, so join us as we spin the Wheel of Partners to learn more about some of these projects and the ways for you to get involved!

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Partner Track – Growing Your Group
Learn from three current members of the SF Parks Alliance Partner Network who will discuss best practices for starting your own group/project, fundraising and planning for larger projects. This session includes breakout rooms and a Q&A session with each partner.

General Track – A Paradise Born from Disaster
Exploring how crisis can be a catalyst for transforming San Francisco’s public spaces, this session will look at how earthquakes, fires and pandemics have all reshaped our City, time and time again. With an eye towards the future as much as the past, we’ll examine how the lessons of the past can and should inform our City’s future.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Closing & Keynote – Let’s Do This!
In this closing session, you’ll hear from SF Parks Alliance leaders about new initiatives for our Community Partner Network and a closing keynote from Jason Roberts, founder of Better Block, who will share inspirational stories of community groups that have used temporary measures to transform streets and public spaces around the country.


in person (optional)

You’ve spent Friday hearing about the Community Partner network, you’ve learned from some incredible local community leaders, and now it’s time to get out there and visit these amazing public spaces!

Explore, at your own pace, a some of the places and projects in our Community Partner Network across San Francisco.

Get your Public Space Passport stamped and bring it to the SF Parks Alliance HQ in SOMA for prizes and to learn more about the Moss Metamorphosis project.

Masks and social distancing required.

Summit Passport (coming soon)


Contact with any questions regarding Summit registration, scheduling and details.


Interested in sponsoring the Public Space Summit? Reach out to Steve Fredericks, Director of Development, at to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Summit and beyond.