San Jacinto Plaza prepares for makeover

San Jacinto Plaza prepares for makeover
City of El Paso

POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 1:27pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 7:35am

An upcoming renovation project aims at polishing off San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso. Renderings of the proposed park were released by the city Tuesday.

Improvements would include pedestrian promenades, construct a table tennis and chess courtyard, provide a shade structure, and add new landscaping, a water feature, irrigation, and illumination, city officials said. 

The Engineering and Construction Management Department  said the project will be divided into two phases. The first will include curb and sidewalk work around the plaza; the second phase will comprise improvements to the plaza itself. The signature Los Lagartos sculpture and historic Christmas Tree will remain in San Jacinto Plaza. The design, prepared by SWA Group, is envisioned as part of a larger corridor which will make Downtown El Paso more attractive to pedestrians, cyclists, shoppers, businesses, and special events.

Crews are scheduled to begin work in July 2013 to kick off the 18-month timeline. San Jacinto Plaza will be closed for the duration of construction.

Construction is funded, in part, by Quality of Life bonds approved by voters in November 2012 and will be overseen by the City of El Paso’s Engineering and Construction Management Department.

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