69th Street Pedestrian Plaza Opening
East Tosa's Pedestrian Plaza opens with a party
We welcomed neighbors, elected officials, and guests from the Library and K9 Police Unit to officially open the Pedestrian Plaza. This new park space at 69th and North Avenue has picnic tables, canopy shade, and giant chairs made for tourists' selfies. It's location in East Tosa is central to many businesses and restaurants.
The 69th Street Plaza project is a product of the “East Tosa North Avenue Plan” that provided a coordinated approach to the continued, positive development of North Avenue. A major goal of the plaza project was to create a destination that provided value and enjoyment to the East Tosa businesses, neighbors, and customers. The plaza also accommodates the need for parking in the area, improves storm water drainage with its permeable pavement, and supports urban forestry efforts with the newly planted trees and landscaping.
The plaza project was designed by Smith Group JJR and constructed by Blaze Landscaping. The plaza features lounge chairs, picnic tables, a lit canopy structure, benches, a public drinking fountain with a water bottle filler and pet fountain, a “TOSA” bike rack, a bike fix-it-station, and parking.
“We all want to build something that lasts beyond us, it means everything to me now that my 8 years of public service is over to visit the 69th Street plaza and see neighbors chatting and working and children running around and enjoying this phenomenal public space,” said former Alderman Bobby Pantuso.