Auburn Activates City Hall Plaza
September 2, 2014 | By Admin |
Downtown Auburn came to life as Tumbling Dice, a Rolling Stones tribute band, rocked lunchtime in Auburn’s City Hall Plaza this August. Soundbites, a well-attended lunchtime concert series, has reverberated through Downtown Auburn on Thursdays every summer since MAKERS and Nakano Associates redesigned the City Hall Plaza and Plaza Park in 2011.
In addition to Soundbites, the Auburn Days is a home-grown community parade and festival that takes place in downtown Auburn every summer.
Aurburn’s efforts to revitalize its downtown seem to be working. Not only are people out having a good time, but a new building is going up kitty-corner to City Hall.
City Hall Plaza and Plaza Park are key pieces of the South Division Street Promenade, a Greenroad-certified street that leads from the Sounder train station to City Hall. City Hall Plaza and Plaza Park provide the kind of community gathering spaces that Auburn residents had identified as a need.
At times like lunchtime at Soundbites one understands how “the landscape truly comes into being only after the rituals of habitation have begun. Once it has been used by one person alone or many together for contemplation, play, or celebration, then it will flourish,” a motto Nakano Associates has been living by for years.