This will be an exciting year for the Yakima Convention Center. In the coming months we will begin construction of the Outdoor Plaza on 8th Street. The Plaza will give the center a modern, welcoming entrance and outdoor function area with landscaping, outdoor seating and a 7,000 square feet event area. Funding for the Plaza is part of the City of Yakima Downtown Futures Phase IV through an appropriation from the Washington State Capitol Budget.
In addition to the plaza, work continues on a number of improvements to the center. Through support from Yakima County, more than $563,000 of improvements are underway including replacing the carpeting, upgrading public restrooms, and improvements to the moveable room dividers. In the back of the house planned projects include better lighting controls and sound equipment and the re- roofing a section of the building. Finally, the center is getting new skirting and backdrops for tables and stages plus replacing most of the chairs and conference room furniture.
“By year end the center will have had a complete face lift,” stated John Cooper, CEO of the Yakima Valley Visitor and Convention Bureau. “With the 300 days of sunshine here in the Yakima Valley, the plaza will be a welcome outdoor venue.”