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Are you wondering what “placemaking” is all about? If you’ve participated in San José’s popular Viva CalleSJ open streets program – that’s placemaking. Have you attended any of our Viva Parks summer events? That’s placemaking too. Or maybe you’ve joined any of our free activations at St. James Park or Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Yep, you guessed it – placemaking again.

Placemaking inspires people to reimagine and reinvent public spaces within the heart of every community. Using the theory of placemaking, PRNS provides residents with a hands-on opportunity to build community through dynamic and engaging programs. Look at the placemaking opportunities PRNS has lined up for you and your community. 


Viva CalleSJ is an "open streets" event, based on the global “Ciclovia” concept where for one day a few roads are opened to people and closed to cars. Streets become “paved parks” where residents can run, walk, bike, skate, and play. People of all ages and abilities can come out and participate in recreational activities, social services, cultural events, and explore San José like never before. Visit the Viva CalleSJ website to get details about our next event.


Viva Parks is a series of free events focused on health and wellness resources, physical activitiy, and community engagement. We do this by connecting people to people, building civic pride, visually transform the park with positive programming, increasing park usage, and by bringing resources to the neighborhood. Want to know where Viva Parks will be this season? Check out the Viva Parks flyer for a full list of this season’s events.


Eat, relax, sit, and play at Plaza de Cesar Chavez and St. James Park this season. Whether you grab a bite and enjoy it in the park, step out of the office and hold your meeting under the shade of a tree, or participate in any of our free activations, San José parks provide a perfect location to engage with your community or unplug to enjoy your natural surroundings.

San Pedro Square Pilot Program

Viva Parks Downtown and Council District 3 is leading the way in their very first pilot program at San Pedro Square! Experience a car-free environment while you “meet in the street” with members of the community. Stop by our FREE event and challenge a friend to corn hole, ping pong and more, or take your meal to-go and enjoy it on our vibrant furniture.