The Civic Center Community Benefit District improves and promotes the District through involvement in planning, policy and public programming initiatives, and City and County-related organizations and community committees. Partners include:
Clean Safe 365
Department of Public Health
District 5 & 6 Supervisoral Offices
Office of Economic & Workforce Development
Recreation & Parks Department
San Francisco Benefit District Alliance
SF Travel’s Clean Safe Coalition
The Civic Center CBD programs includes outdoor musical performances, public art installations, the Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting, Block Parties, and the Civic Center Plaza Cafe.
Assembly Cafe and Beer Garden
A new Civic Center Plaza café kiosk opened in October 2018. A gift to CCCBD and the public from the Trust for Public Land, the café kiosk – Assembly Cafe and Beer Garden – sits adjacent to the new Helen Diller Family Foundation Playgrounds. Assembly offers sweet and savory food and beverages for every price point and soft serve. The site-responsive design, with gates that open to form a canopy, was led by architecture firm WRNS Studio and creates a welcoming sense of place that complements both the new playgrounds and the historic architecture of Civic Center.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm.
Visit their site here.
The UN Plaza Dog Run, adjacent to famed Arsicault Bakery, offers much needed space for dogs to stretch their legs and enjoy some time off-leash. The dog run area is managed and operated by the CBD, with personnel on site each day.
The Heart of the City Farmers’ Market
Since 1981, this independent, farmer-operated, non-profit market operates daily on Wednesdays and Sundays year round (rain or shine!) with a mission to bring high-quality and affordable produce from small local farms to the heart of San Francisco. This well-loved market, just steps from City Hall, offers a variety of lunch options and seating on Wednesdays.
Civic Center Gift Gallery
The Gift Gallery features local vendors who specialize in making and selling handmade goods, crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more.
Civic Center Soundtrack
The inspiration for Civic Center Soundtrack was born during the pandemic, as a way to bring positive activity to UN Plaza while live performances and audiences were prohibited. The installation of quality sound equipment allows for music to be played throughout the day and into the evening, in any kind of weather. Recorded music from participating performing arts organizations will be featured, lifting the spirits of those passing through UN Plaza and reminding all that they are in San Francisco’s premier arts and culture district. (Coming soon)
Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting
The Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting — a free, family-friendly event — happens every year in early December, lead by the Civic Center CBD since 2016. This festive event features holiday entertainment, musical guests, a toy giveaway for 400+ children, festive bites, free craft making, “snow” flurries, and more!
These festive holiday pop up concerts by musicians from District arts and cultural organizations happen throughout the month of December on Civic Center sidewalks; an annual tradition since 2013.
Oktoberfest, Block Parties & More
From summer block parties to fall mini-golf and Oktoberfest activities, Civic Center CBD is consistently creating opportunities for the community to come together at fun, free, family-friendly events.
Beautification efforts include wayfinding signage, lighting, managing public art installations, landscaping, and other streetscape improvements throughout the District.
Red Umbrellas in UN Plaza
Newly installed red umbrellas adorn seating in UN Plaza and provide a fun pop of color with a nod to the adjacent Strand Theater on Farmers’ Market days.
CCCBD partnered with the Department of Recreation and Parks to adorn Civic Center Plaza with Tivoli lights, improving safety and beauty for Plaza pedestrians at night.
A 501c3 not-for-profit organization, the CCCBD helps care for San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood. The men and women on the CCCBD team provide sidewalk cleaning and maintenance services, wayfinding, hospitality and social service outreach.
Seven days a week CCCBD works alongside City agency partners such as Public Works, the Police Department, the Planning Department, SFMTA and the Department of Public Health to improve the quality of life in the community’s public open spaces for residents, employees and visitors.
Annually the Clean Team:
Removes 238,000 pounds of litter from District sidewalks
Provides over 4,000 hours of pressure washing services
Removes 7,300 instances of graffiti
Annually the Ambassadors and Stewards of Civic Center public spaces:
Provide 1,200 instances of support for pedestrians (wayfinding and social service support)
Provide 1,300 annual hours of service as Garage Greeters at the Civic Center Garage
Provide 5,200 annual hours of service as Evening Ambassadors, Tuesday-Saturday, 6-11 pm
For expedited CBD Clean Team Services, please contact the CBD Dispatch at (415) 781-4700 or send an email.
CCCBD’s supplemental maintenance support for Civic Center shows pride and stewardship of the District. Furthermore, addressing issues like litter, graffiti, and general upkeep in a timely manner keeps acts of vandalism at bay creating an accessible, equitable, and comfortable environment for everyone. This daily maintenance, and immediate response to cleaning needs in the District, is possible because of the dedicated work of the Clean Team, who provide services 7 days a week.
The Ambassadors assist the public in navigating the District with a welcoming and informed presence, 7 days a week 7 am to 7 pm. They are easily identified by their orange uniforms. Their presence is also a deterrent to criminal activity through their proactive and immediate reporting of unsafe conditions to CCCBD dispatch and they also assist in connecting those in need of medical attention or social service support with the proper agency.
Night Ambassadors work on Tuesday through Saturday evenings from 6 to 11 pm near arts venues to enhance the pedestrian experience before and after evening performances and events. An Ambassador is also dedicated to the street-level entrance to the Civic Center Garage.
Playground Safety Ambassadors
Dedicated Safety Ambassadors watch over both Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, ensuring the safety of children and their families. The Safety Ambassadors also ensure the safety of the grounds and equipment at night.
Each year CCCBD brings its members together with public and private sector safety experts for inspiring keynotes, best practice information, and training. If you are interested to present, participate, or sponsor an upcoming Safety Summit please contact us!