Frequently Asked Questions About Mint Plaza

Who owns it?

You do! Mint Plaza is a publicly-owned pedestrian plaza open 24 hours a day. Mint Plaza is located in the former Jessie Street public right-of-way and will remain a public open space. Martin Building Company, a local developer, donated the finished Plaza improvements to the City and County of San Francisco. The City has conditioned its acceptance of this gift with the requirement that Friends of Mint Plaza, a non-profit organization, assume full responsibility for the costs of all future maintenance and repair of the Plaza area.

Who manages it?

Friends of Mint Plaza (FoMP), a California non-profit corporation and a 510(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization managed by a five-member board of directors manages Mint Plaza. As part of the agreement to create Mint Plaza, the City of San Francisco required that FoMP assume full responsibility for the costs of maintaining the Plaza, in addition to indemnifying the City for any claims related to its management of the Plaza area. FoMP was specially created to manage and maintain Mint Plaza for the public’s benefit.

What are the hours of operation?

Mint Plaza is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except during those limited times that portions of the Plaza area are reserved for exclusive use by a Permitted Activity that is closed to the public.

How can I find out about concerts or special events?

Information on concerts and special events that are open to the public are available on the Mint Plaza website.

How do I get there…by public transit?

All venues are fully ADA accessible. Mint Plaza is 1/2 block from the BART/MUNI Powell and station. Convenient MUNI bus lines include the 14 Mission , 27 Bryant, 26 Valencia and all Market Street routes. Mint Plaza is also convenient to Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans and AC Transit downtown bus routes.

How do I get there…by car?

From the East Bay : Take Interstate 80 and exit at 5th Street. Turn right onto 5th Street and go North 3 blocks. Mint Plaza is located off of 5th Street between Mission and Market Streets.

From the Peninsula : Take Highway 101 until it connects to Interstate 80 and exit at Fourth Street ; Fourth immediately leads onto Bryant Street. Take a left from Bryant onto Third Street. Go North on 3rd Street one block then turn left on Harrison Street. Go 2 blocks on Harrison then turn right on 5th Street. Go 3 blocks north on 5th Street. Mint Plaza is located off of 5th Street between Mission and Market Streets.

From the North Bay : Take Highway 101 to Lombard Street. Follow Lombard to Van Ness Avenue and turn right; follow Van Ness until you reach O’Farrell Street. Turn left on O’Farrell, go 9 blocks, then turn right on Stockton, crossing Market Street onto 4th Street. Go 1 block on 4th Street and take a left on Mission Street. Go one block on Mission and turn right on 5th Street. Mint Plaza is located off of 5th Street between Mission and Market Streets.

There are a number of public parking garages in the area; however, visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. The closest and largest garage is the 5th and Mission Garage. Please note that parking availability in this busy downtown area can vary widely due to conventions, etc.

…by bicycle?

Designated bicycle lanes travel downtown on Folsom Street and return along Howard Street. Take 5th Street North from Folsom or Howard. Mint Plaza is located off of 5th Street between Mission and Market Streets. Dedicated bicycle racks are available on Mint Plaza adjacent to the Old US Mint and Mint Street.

Is their public seating available?

FoMP provides moveable chairs to the public for use on the Plaza from the hours of 8 a.m. to sunset; integrated bench seating is also available.

Are food and drink available?

Lunching on the Plaza is welcome, but cooking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. The Plaza is also bordered by several restaurants and cafes that are open to the public for lunch and dinner.

Is alcohol permitted?

Alcohol is only allowed within the permitted outdoor seating areas of the restaurants that border the Plaza.

Are there public restrooms and water?

There are no public restrooms or water fountains on the Plaza.

Are pets allowed?

Yes. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet.

Are private events allowed on the Plaza?

Mint Plaza is available for permitted activities. FoMP can provide you with details of how to obtain a permit including: an application, the Rules and Regulations of the Plaza, and approximate charge for management and maintenance for the activity. If you are interested in a permitted activity on Mint Plaza, please send an email to events@friendsofmintplaza.org. Applications are also available on this website.

Can my band/group perform at the Plaza?

Friends of Mint Plaza accepts unsolicited materials from artists. Please send your press kit to:

Friends of Mint Plaza
Permitted Activities
14 Mint Plaza, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Materials will be returned only if accompanied by a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope. Due to the high volume of materials the Plaza receives, we cannot guarantee someone will respond personally to your submission; however FoMP does review all materials received.

Are permits required to organize events or activities
on the Plaza?

Yes. FoMP can provide you with details of how to obtain a permit including: an application, the Rules and Regulations of the Plaza, and approximate charge for management and maintenance for the activity. If you are interested, please send an email to info@friendsofmintplaza.org. Applications are also available on this website.

Is there someone I can contact for more information
about the Plaza?

Yes. Please send all inquiries to info@friendsofmintplaza.org.

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