An important “cornerstone” of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is Eagle Plaza, now approaching completion.
Located on 12th Street at Harrison, in San Francisco’s Western SoMa neighborhood, this new community plaza is a celebration of leather and LGBTQ heritage, transforming an underutilized street into a well-cared-for, green, safe, and clean shared pedestrian way for relaxing, gathering and celebrating Leather, LGBTQ and community inclusion.
The plaza was made possible by funding from multiple sources, including a $1.5M In-Kind Agreement between the City and County of San Francisco and the owners of 1532 Harrison, (an adjacent multi-family housing project), major city and state grants, and community fundraising organized by an informal “Friends of Eagle Plaza” group, of which the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was proud to be a part.
Today, Eagle Plaza is managed by a formal Friends of Eagle Plaza Board of Directors, which meets monthly. That Board is receiving fiscal sponsorship from SOMArts, and technical and other support from our Cultural District, pending their approval as a 501(c)3 corporation. The 1532 Harrison building is responsible for providing maintenance and security for the Plaza, and the SOMA West Community Benefit District also provides important maintenance and cleaning services.
Coming soon: Additional street furniture, a new Leather Pride Flag, and — once shelter in place is lifted — dining options and scheduled programs and activities to make the Plaza a vibrant and popular public gathering space.
For more information, or to make a charitable contribution to Eagle Plaza and be a part of queer, kink, and San Francisco history, please visit http://www.eagleplaza.org/, or write to EPDevelopment@sflcd.org.