After months of planning, design and contract awarding, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Outdoor Plaza at the Yakima Convention Center is now scheduled. The event will take place Monday, July 12 10:30 am at the east entrance of the center at 10 North 8th street in Downtown Yakima.
The Outdoor Plaza is the focus of the City of Yakima’s Downtown Futures Initiative Phase IV, the program that has funded the many streetscaping improvements in Downtown Yakima. The plaza will add nearly 7,000 square feet of outdoor space to the Yakima Convention Center. The project includes a unique privacy rock wall, landscaping, colorful pavers, outdoor seating, and overhead lighting. Major work is slated to be finished by late September with additional amenities completed by year end.
In addition, streetscaping amenities and lighting similar to existing features on Yakima Avenue will be added to South 8th Street from Yakima Avenue to Chestnut Avenue.
Combined the two projects are budgeted at $900,000.
Opened in1976 and expanded twice, the Yakima Convention Center is a cornerstone in the economic vitality of Downtown Yakima and Yakima County. In 2009 the center hosted 512 event days.
Yakima Herald Republic’s online story of July 10th.