Why a Public Plaza?

July 7, 2013

Confluence Plaza

A part of the City’s investment in this project will go towards the creation of a public plaza right at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. The yet-to-be-designed plaza would be situated between the public arts center and the privately owned housing/commercial building with restaurants and retail.

While Eau Claire is rich in green parks, what we do not have is a “plaza” space. Plazas are more city-based gathering spaces that are less like parks and more like a town square. While there can certainly be trees and vegetation, they are more often covered in pavers and cobblestone than the grasses common in parks. This gives them a different sort of functionality for civic life than parks.

Plazas can be amazing places for city life to take hold on a daily basis, or for special events and festivals. Things that COULD be included in a plaza on this location include:

  • free public wi-fi
  • benches, chairs, tables
  • decorative and functional lighting
  • fountains
  • public art
  • splash pad for kids
  • kubb pitch area
  • a landing to the water
  • sidewalk vendors
  • speaker system
  • readily available power
  • and much more!

Stay tuned to local media for announcements about how you could play a role in helping plan and design a public plaza on our city’s two rivers.

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