It's more than a parklet

The Boardwalk on Commercial Street. It's a social experiment for building a sense of community.

It was in 1969 when Nevada City lost its town square to Highway 49/20 interchange, and the community has been re-defining itself ever since. In recent years, in its pursuit to become more resilient, Nevada City has come to understand the value of community space and has been working to reclaim its commons through projects such as the rehabilitation of Robinson Plaza and the Nevada City Farmers Market.

The 8x60 square ft. Nevada City Boardwalk on Commercial Street is a part of this movement. It is a two-year test pilot that was installed August 29th, 2011 on an early Sunday morning.
Inspired by San Francisco's Pavement to Parks program, the Boardwalk on Commercial Street was championed by the Nevada City-sanctioned Nevada City Sustainability Team with the support of community volunteers, businesses, the city and the city staff.

Built with an all volunteer team, and from mostly recycled materials for the wood decking, planter boxes and benches, this parklet was built to feel as if it was always a part of the historical environment.


As a visitor or a local, you will want to visit regularly to find the latest events and happenings in the very heart of historic Nevada City. Or check out our Events Calendar to know when you can stroll by for some acoustic music on the Boardwalk after having a lovely meal at one of our popular restaurants. Or how about that special Nevada City Farm to Table Banquet where we break out the table clothes and fill the street with fresh, local meals provided by our local, restaurants, caterers, and organic farmers?

Yes, keep checking our Events page!  This is where you will be the first to find out when the dates of the next Nevada City Farm to Table Banquets in 2014!

Have you heard about the Grandmother Pledge workshops and outreach program and you want to know more? Once again, shoot us an email or click here for more information.

The Boardwalk on Commercial Street: a place for community, a place for everybody.

The objective of the Nevada City Boardwalk is to create a space for community, and stimulate more pedestrian traffic while fostering the diversity that is conducive to a healthy community and positive economic development.

A special thank you goes to Lisa Redfern for her permission in allowing us to use her digital art for our banner. For more of Lisa's work, visit