Description of the action taken by the Sacramento City Council during a Special Meeting on April 30 to fund the revitalization of the Old Sacramento Waterfront.
The funding approved by the Sacramento City Council at a Special Meeting on April 30 will get the ball rolling for the revitalization of the Old Sacramento Waterfront – finally.
Improvements to the Old Sacramento Waterfront are long overdue, so it is exciting to finally see some momentum.
Like many Sacramento residents, I voted in the recent Waterfront Idea Makers Competition on potential designs and improvements to the Old Sacramento Waterfront – so I was very interested to see what projects were proposed as part of the Destination Sacramento Program.
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Up to $47 million of hotel tax revenue will fund the projects – funds that can only be used for projects to improve public gathering spaces.
At the Special Meeting city staff outlined six main projects for the Old Sacramento Waterfront, costing an estimated $39 million:
- A new building on Front Street (replacing the North Public Market), with an open first floor to be used for events and businesses and a second floor overlooking the river (approximate cost $10 million).
- A large open-space event lawn capable of seating about 5,000 people during concerts and other events (approximate cost $5 million).
- A playground-like area meant for kids during the day and adults at night (approximate cost $6 million).
- An interactive water fountain (approximate cost $4 million).
- A multi-use floating barge on the river (approximate cost $10 million).
- An multi-use event deck built atop the Sacramento History Museum (approximate cost $4 million).
City staff also cautioned that the concepts and costs could change as the project moves forward. One member of the Sacramento City Council floated several additional ideas for projects in the nearby area outside of Old Sacramento.
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