San Francisco Plans First Public Park Honoring Gay Leather Culture

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San Francisco is set to receive the world’s first public park honoring gay leather culture, anchoring the city’s iconic South of Market neighborhood and the gay-owned bars and shops that line its main drag.

According to The Bay Area Reporter, initial design ideas for Eagle Plaza prominently feature the leather flag colors blue, black , white and red throughout. When finished, it’ll also boast a road for local traffic, benches, trees, a jungle gym, a mini-deck and tables and chairs for the food trucks that may call the park home.

The parks’ primary backers are the owners of the local Eagle, a gay bar that faces the now-empty lot. The BAR reports they’ve been instrumental in pushing the idea through a local community board, which will meet next week to give feedback before official plans for Eagle Plaza are presented for city approval.

“There is a lack of public space like this in this area. It is very much needed,” said Eagle co-owner Alex Montiel. “Something like this is very much needed for anybody who lives around here. There are no parks nearby.”

More than a fancy name and heritage, the park “would provide an active hub for the LGBTQ community and added green space for the immediate neighborhood” said Hannah Smith, a project manager for the plaza’s design firm UP Urban Design.

No full renderings of the complete park are available, but a proposed layout is posted to the park’s own website.

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