El Paso, TX (KTSM) — San Jacinto Plaza in Downtown El Paso will be getting a facelift. On Thursday residents got their chance to speak with city leaders about the change before construction begins.
City officials revealed renderings of what the new plaza will look like in 18 months. The plans for the new plaza will feature new installations such as table tennis and a chess courtyard, as well as a splash pad for kids.
However, some El Pasoans expressed frustration because they want to bring certain historic features back to the plaza.
"I like the live alligators back. I think it's too late. But I think that would have been the thing they would do. That would bring a lot of tourists downtown. The live alligators," Luis de la Cruz, an East El Pasoan told us.
The plaza will retain some of its historic features such as the los argatos statues and the Christmas tree. Construction will begin July 8th. The project is funded in part by quality of life bonds.
The plaza will be closed for construction and city officials explained that they will keep surrounding streets open. There may be some lane closures.