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Open! Open! Open!

posted Sep 15, 2014, 12:16 PM by   [ updated Oct 27, 2014, 12:01 PM by Jim Norrena ]

We are excited to announce  the Back Lot on the San Francisco campus is officially open.

For the fall 2014 semester, the space is open for students, faculty, and staff from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Access to and from the space is through the back of the Nave only. (Emergency exits are positioned along the perimeter.)

 What Can We Do Out There?

The Back Lot is designed to be a flexible, self-serve, shared outdoor space for the CCA community. There's a basketball court, picnic tables, Ping-Pong tables, and the student garden (FARM).

The space can also be used for drop-in academic uses, meetings, and social gatherings. The bright orange containers will be used for open-air workspace and storage.

Events that meet certain criteria must be scheduled. Review the complete list of Back Lot guidelines »

During the fall semester, event support for the Back Lot will be limited as we try out the space and better understand the operational needs and issues. New elements will be added as we go along.

Back Lot Guidelines

As with any of the college’s spaces and facilities, it’s expected that the community will take an active interest in maintaining the appearance of the Back Lot. Users should not leave behind trash and other materials and should be respectful of others with whom they are sharing the space.

Here’s what’s not allowed on the Back Lot:

  • alcohol
  • biking
  • pets
  • rollerblading
  • rollerskating
  • skateboarding
  • smoking

Download the Back Lot map »

Back Lot 2.0

The Back Lot is a new and evolving space, and the plan is to add elements over time. This semester an advisory group made up of students, faculty, and staff will be monitoring the activity, talking to CCA community members, and making recommendations for future use.

CCA is hiring an outdoor make space resource manager to manage this exciting new space. Apply now »

We welcome your feedback at

Enjoy the new space!