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June 26, 2014
Mayor’s People to the Plaza Resolution Approved

Pilot Project for Summer 2014

A renewed version of the People to the Plaza Resolution was approved by the City Council this evening on the consent calendar. The resolution was paused in its progression when Mayor Gonzales asked staff to collaborate with the public and open the door for more ideas through a community dialogue.

“My goal was to bring all people to the Plaza; tonight’s approval gives us the green light to build an experience for all Santa Fe families, which will provide safety and an opportunity for the community to gather,” said Mayor Gonzales.

Around 100 people attended a public forum on May 12, 2014 and over 65 program ideas to bring people to the Plaza were heard and/or submitted via email. It went through several committees before coming to the City Council for a vote: Business and Quality of Life Committee; Finance Committee; Public Safety Committee; Historic Design Review Board; Mayor’s Committee on Disability and; Public Works Committee.

The revised People to the Plaza Resolution includes the following changes:

  • Closes Lincoln Avenue (West side) and Old Santa Fe Trail (east side) to thru traffic. The outside lanes of these roads (away from the Plaza) will be open for deliveries. Street closures will go into effect within a week.
  • Planters will be placed in the center of Lincoln and Old Santa Fe Trail to divide the lanes.
  • Tables and chairs (roughly eight sets) will be placed on Lincoln Avenue and should arrive in approximately four weeks.
  • Motorcycles will still be able to park for Bandstand and other events.
  • ADA parking spaces increase by one in the new parking plan.
  • West San Francisco remains open to thru traffic. Corners remain open for turns.
  • Street closures will be in effect through the end of Fiestas weekend.

Ideas for programming to bring people to the Plaza were requested from the community and music was the most requested activity. More than 1,800 people attended opening night of Santa Fe Bandstand.

Mayor Gonzales welcomes the crowd at Santa Fe Bandstand

Mayor Gonzales welcomes the crowd at Santa Fe Bandstand June 24, 2014
Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Bandstand

Mayor Gonzales welcomes the crowd at Santa Fe Bandstand
More than1,800 people attended opening night of Santa Fe Bandstand
Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Bandstand

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