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 can all be found below.

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

Conference Schedule
Conference Packet

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 Jr., in conversation with SF Chronicle Journalist Heather Knight as they discuss the public space, community, equity and more.

Remarks from: Drew Becher (CEO, SF Parks Alliance), Liz Farrell (Board Chair, SF Parks Alliance), Mayor London Breed, Phil Ginsburg (General Manager, SF Recreation & Parks) and Philip Winn (Director of Parks & Place, SF Parks Alliance)

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

A Portal into the Future – Partner Track

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.

Panelists include: Kearstin Krehbiel (Director of Research & Development, SF Parks Alliance), Leigh Hiura (Development Operations Manager, SF Parks Alliance), Matthew Blain (SF Urban Riders), Karen Rhodes (Tompkins Stairway Beautification Project), Jolene Yee (Friends of Franklin Square)

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Ecology & Equity: Strategies for More Accessible & Sustainable Community Spaces – General Track

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.

Panelists include: Thomas Namara (Southeast Area Manager, SF Parks Alliance), Isaiah Powell & Danielle Fernandez (President & Director, Dragonspunk), Mei Ling Hui (Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens Program Manager, SF Recreation & Parks), Patricia Algara (Founder of With Honey in the Heart and Founding Principal of BASE Landscape Architecture)

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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.

This session will feature groups such as Garden for the Environment, Athens Avalon Stairway, Friends of Lakeside Village, Visitacion Valley Greenway, SF Urban Riders and more!

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4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Growing Your Group – Partner Track

Learn from three current members of the SF Parks Alliance Community Partner Network who will discuss best practices for starting your own group or project, fundraising and planning for larger projects. This session includes breakout rooms, as well as Q&A sessions with each partner.

Panelists include: Sara Ferree (North Area Manager, SF Parks Alliance), Bonnie Bergeron (Tunnel Top Park), Rosaura Valle (Detroit Steps Project), Steffen Franz (Friends of Lafayette Park)

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A Paradise Born from Disaster – General Track

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.

Panelists include: Luke Spray (Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, SF Parks Alliance), Gary Kamiya (Author), Elizabeth Macdonald (Professor of Urban Design, UC Berkeley), Claire Mooney (Project Coordinator, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy), Allison Arieff (Director of Communications, Replica)

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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 innovative measures to transform streets and public spaces around the country.

Remarks from: Philip Winn (Director of Parks & Place, SF Parks Alliance) and Sonia Gonzalez Banks (Director of External Affairs, SF Parks Alliance)

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in person, self-paced (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, the places and projects in our Community Partner Network across San Francisco. You can check out a detailed map of these sites here, and click on individual points to find information on when and where certain Partners will be on-site on Saturday.

Get your Public Space Passport stamped at each of the sites that you visit, and bring it back 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 (print version)
Summit Passport (digital version)
Map of Partners and Projects for Saturday

Thank you to our sponsors!

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


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