Grand Opening Celebration for San Jacinto Plaza
April 8, 2016
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
San Jacinto Plaza
El Pasoans will soon be able to enjoy their lunch around the restored Los Lagartos sculpture, seek respite from the summer sun in a splash pad, or spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon playing huachas, chess, or even ping-pong in the heart of Downtown El Paso at San Jacinto Plaza.
The newly revitalized plaza preserved many of the key historic features, including Luis Jimenez’ Los Lagartos sculpture which received a face-lift as part of the project, and is now protected from the harsh El Paso sun by a 50-square-foot shade structure. During the Plaza’s restoration, the City also took steps to preserve the historic 54-foot Afghan pine which has long served as the focal point for the City’s “Celebration of Lights” during the Holiday Season.
Other noteworthy features of the renovated plaza include an interactive water feature or “splash pad” for children to play in, the construction of sidewalks for strolls through the plaza, and the construction of a full service café.
A reflecting pool was also installed along with new benches and trees, which will provide adequate shade to visitors of the Plaza. All of these elements will welcome El Pasoans back to one of the most iconic public spaces in Downtown El Paso, and the improved visual image of the plaza will help return it to its place as one of the key destinations and gathering points in Downtown El Paso.
San Jacinto Plaza, which has brought El Pasoans together as a community for more than a century is a $6 million dollar makeover which is funded in part by the Quality of Life Bonds approved by voters.