Horton Plaza Park shines again


A newly reoponed Horton Plaza Park has many new features. Photo credit: Antonio Marquez

By Antonio Marquez

The Horton Plaza Park is bigger and looks better — pretty good for being 146 years old.

After five years of reconstruction, civic leaders revealed the park in a grand opening ceremony on May 4.

The park’s makoever cost $17 million. A corner of the Horton Plaza shopping center was torn down to expand the park to 1.3 acres on Fourth and Broadway.

The park’s central feature, the fountain, also got a facelift, which includes a new paint job. The fountain now is colorfully lighted up at night.

The grand opening celebration included a full line-up of entertainment, including choral singers Sacra/Profana, SoulCirque and the William Close & Earth Harp Collective, introduced by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Song after song, the Earth Harp Collective amazed the audience as its members played harp chords strung across the park.

Afterward, the public had the opportunity to get food from local food trucks and enjoy music, art and a special video on the revamping of the park.

The park will host a total of 75 events this year. For those hot summer days, the park includes an interactive water feature located in the amphitheater for the public to cool down.

For more information visit hortonplazapark.com