When Imagination Goes Public


When Imagination Goes Public
When Imagination Goes Public


What is Groundplay?

Groundplay works with ordinary San Franciscans to build temporary installations that turn underused public spaces into joyful community places.

Do you have an idea for transforming an area of your neighborhood?

Come play with us. Together, we can break new ground.


Where are projects built?
Who builds Groundplay projects?
How are projects permitted?
Groundplay FAQs
Groundplay takes many shapes.
When imagination goes public, it can transform a parking space, a rooftop, a sidewalk, a vacant lot—you name it.
Groundplay is about learning by doing.
Our pilot projects test ideas for for long-term improvements—and any project can be quickly modified or dismantled.
Groundplay is grassroots.
Every project is driven by ordinary citizens, and inspired by their needs and dreams.
Groundplay is a group sport.
Once an idea is in the works, we help communities team up with local business and civic groups to get it done.
Groundplay responds to the moment.
Projects can move from place to place; change as needs evolve; and last a day, a year—or a lifetime.




Groundplay is a multi-agency program of the


ADA & Accessibility

The City and County of San Francisco recognizes its obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Language Access Ordinance to provide equal access to all its residents.

Free Language Assistance

免 費語言協助 / Ayuda gratuita con el idioma / Бесплатная помощь переводчиков / Trợ giúp Thông dịch Miễn phí / Assistance linguistique gratuite / 無料の言語支援 / 무료 언어 지 원 / Libreng tulong para sa wikang Tagalog / คว"ม ช่วยเหลือท"งภ"ษ"โดยไม่ เส'ยค่าใช้จ่าย

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