Russ Solomon Park, located in the McKinley Village neighborhood, is East Sacramento’s newest park.
Located at the western entrance to McKinley Village, Russ Solomon Park is named in honor of the founder of Tower Records. In its heyday, Tower Records had more than 200 retail stores in the U.S. and 14 other countries. Most importantly, Tower Records is widely acknowledged as having been instrumental in shaping the modern music scene.
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Russ Solomon was also an active supporter of the Sacramento art scene. He supported and collected many of Sacramento’s well-known artists. Solomon also had an artistic bent. He was an avid photographer and had several local exhibitions of his works over the years.
See related blog post: Tower Records – A Sacramento Story
About Russ Solomon Park
The 0.68-acre park can be found at 3111 McKinley Village Way (at the intersection of Dullanty Way). When I made my way to McKinley Village to check out the new park I utilized the 28th Street entrance to the development as the park is located nearby.
Park amenities include:
- two open turf areas
- tree plantings
- a concrete ping pong table
- bike racks
- picnic tables
- seating areas
- pet waste station
- trash receptacle
- public art designed specifically for the park.
The artwork gracing the park is titled “The Ring”. It was created by Brenda Louie, a China-born American painter/mixed media installation artist. Louie has been an art studio faculty member at California State University, Sacramento, since 1996.
The front of “The Ring” is embellished with a mosaic of blue and gold glass tiles. On the back of the stainless-steel ring are the words “Cheers, Russ” utilizing his signature as he signed it.
To Sum Up
The park was completed in October, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no dedication ceremony was held. Now open, members of the public are welcome to visit.
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More Public Art
Interested in reading about some of the other public art installations in Sacramento? See related blog posts: California Cathedral and Capitol Box Art Project and Indo Arch and Coloring Book #4 and Missing the Mark and Multitudes Converge and Sonic Passages and Leap and Time to Cast Away Stones and La Feuille and Escape
Have you had the chance to visit Russ Solomon Park?
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