New Horton Plaza Park almost ready to open!

One of San Diego's oldest surviving landmarks, the 1910 Broadway Fountain, designed by Irving Gill, will be an iconic part of the new Horton Plaza Park.
One of San Diego’s oldest surviving landmarks, the 1910 Broadway Fountain, designed by Irving Gill, will be an iconic part of the new Horton Plaza Park.

I walked by the Horton Plaza Park construction site this morning. The huge project appears to be almost finished!

Horton Plaza Park’s Grand Opening Celebration will be held on May 4, 2016, from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. Located at the center of downtown San Diego, on the south side of Broadway between the historic U.S. Grant Hotel and the popular Westfield Horton Plaza shopping mall, the park will surely be jammed that evening with people wanting to check things out!

Cool features of the new urban park include a large amphitheater, three pavilions featuring food and beverages, an interactive fountain that folks are welcome to splash in, and some very unique 23-foot high luminaries–cool metal sculptures with lights that change colors!

There are plans to host hundreds of events at this large outdoor venue every year, including concerts, civic celebrations and gatherings, and even special movie screenings.

As a downtown resident, I can’t wait!

The elaborate Horton Plaza Park will celebrate its Grand Opening on the evening of May 4, 2016.
The elaborate Horton Plaza Park will celebrate its Grand Opening on the evening of May 4, 2016.
Construction of the new civic park has been ongoing for a couple years. This plot of land was originally called Horton Plaza, and dates from 1895.
Construction of this new downtown San Diego park has been ongoing for a couple years. The original public plaza on this city block dates from 1895.
A few of the cool 23-foot tall changing-color light sculptures are visible rising behind the construction fence. The NBC building reflects the morning sun in the background.
The cool 23-foot tall luminary sculptures are visible rising behind the construction fence. The NBC building reflects the morning sun in the background.
Workers are getting the new park ready for its early May opening. There will be an amphitheater, food pavilions and an interactive water fountain that people can splash in!
Workers are getting the new park ready for its early May opening. There will be an amphitheater, food pavilions and an interactive water fountain that people can splash in!
The walkway next to the Balboa Theatre leading from Fourth Avenue to the Westfield Horton Plaza shopping mall is also being improved, with many new trees and benches.
The walkway next to the Balboa Theatre leading from Fourth Avenue to the Westfield Horton Plaza shopping mall is also being improved, with many new trees and benches.
Horton Plaza Park in downtown San Diego promises to be a fun and spectacular urban gathering place!
Horton Plaza Park in downtown San Diego promises to be a fun and spectacular urban gathering place!

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