Downtown’s Cesar Chavez Plaza has been named one of the top 10 public spaces in the nation by the American Planning Association for 2012. According to their site, the plaza is…
One of the oldest parks in California. (It) has shaped downtown Sacramento’s development since 1849. At that time, city founder John Sutter, Jr. dedicated 10 “public squares” for “the public use of the inhabitants of the city.” Nine of the 10 remain in use today, and Cesar Chavez Plaza is one of them. One hundred sixty-five years of city planning have preserved the space with its cross-axial walkways, central fountain, and views of the historic civic skyline.
The plaza also got high marks for its recent $800,000 renovation which expanded the hardscape for the Farmer’s Market, and enhancements to the lighting and walkways.