Civic Center Plaza Shut Down For Private Events

The Dew Tour has shut down Civic Center for over a week.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Oct 18, 2012  |  Updated 1:54 PM PDT
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Civic Center Shut Down For Dew Tour

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A soda-sponsored skateboard competition in City Hall Plaza is drawing fans of extreme sports -- and foes of takeovers of public space.

 A city hall official is questioning the Recreation and Park Department's offering City Hall Plaza up to companies like the Dew Tour, which is paying over $310,000 for use of the space for two weeks, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
 
The space between City Hall, the public library, and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium has been taken over by the extreme sports tour, which begins Thursday, the newspaper reported. This is "troubling," according to Supervisor John Avalos, who says that that park has been closed down to the public for too long.
 
The department will receive $273,504 in profit for the event, the newspaper reported.
 
City Hall Plaza was also closed down for the Salesforce.com Dreamforce event in September, which included a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, the newspaper reported. The plaza was closed for six days, and the department received over $100,000.
 
In return, the Dew Tour will also offer "extreme sports lessons" for "city youth," according to department staff.
 

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