City pitches plaza as center for events
by TP staff
Apr 03, 2012 | 2879 views | 9 9 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sixth Street Plaza off Central Avenue nears completion. Grand opening is scheduled for May 1.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Downtown Plaza at Sixth Street and Central Avenue will open to the public May 1, a Tuesday, as part of a city plan to create a focal point for downtown activities.

Grand opening ceremonies for the plaza are scheduled at 11 a.m., according to press release from the Tracy Parks and Community Services Department, only the first of many events planned for the paved and sodded plaza.

Kim Scarlata, parks and community services recreation manager, said the plaza will play host to a different event every Friday night during the summer, making it a centerpiece for community events.

“During the summer, we will always have events every Friday at the plaza,” she said this week. “People will know there is something — from a big block party to a smaller event — going on there.:

The $3.8 million plaza, paid for by the now-defunct redevelopment agency, will kick off its summer 2012 schedule with the Downtown Block Party series May 4, with a Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring mariachis and a Latin salsa band.

Scarlata said it has been the city’s plan to move several events that had been at different locations in downtown to the plaza after it opened.

“It gives businesses surrounding the plaza new people to shop — it’s another way to drive people to downtown,” she said.

Cars are once again parking in front of the businesses that line the east side of Sixth Street, as the lot was finished and opened in late March. The businesses have the option of closing some of that parking space to create sidewalk dining areas.

Fences around the grass, benches and new interactive water feature at the plaza are slated to come down just in time for the grand opening.

Summer schedule

• May 11, 6 to 10 p.m.; Girl’s Night Out! Pink Party “It’s Derby Time;” $20 per ticket

• June 8, 6 to 9 p.m.; Downtown Block Party; Blues and Brews

• June 22, 6 to 9 p.m.; Downtown Block Party; Old Time Rock and Roll 50s & 60s Night, along with a Taste of Tracy

• July 13, 6:30 p.m.; Movie on the Downtown Plaza; “Hugo”

• July 13, 6:30 p.m.; Movie on the Downtown Plaza; “Smurfs”

• Aug. 3; 6 to 9 p.m.; Downtown Block Party; Boots and Buckles Country Night

• Aug. 10 6:30 p.m.; Movie on the Downtown Plaza; “Dolphin Tale”

• Aug. 24; 6 to 9 p.m.; Downtown Block Party; Classic Rock Night

• Oct. 26, 6 to 10 p.m.; Girl’s Night Out! Witches and Broomsticks, $20 per ticket
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centralvalley36
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April 09, 2012
It's a wonder the businesses on the street didn't all go belly up during the construction. Another street renovation project that took months and months to complete. Contractors know how to milk Tracy and stretch these projects out for-ev-er. 3 patches of grass and some fancy pavers for $3.8 mil? Quick, everyone, bring your money downtown right away to behold another one of Ives' Follies!
tracy1234
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April 04, 2012
Since its soooo hot durring the summer months, why dont we have a WATERPARK? Why did the manteca waterslides close?

That would be good fun dont cha think?
Kngdom_clesyal
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April 04, 2012
Stop your complaining, why can't people just be happy? People always say how boring Tracy is, and now we finally have something simple and fun to do and all you do is complain. Just enjoy the summer, along with great food, drinks, music and people. Debby Downers!! sad..
victor_jm
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April 04, 2012
I feel a bit of empathy for the residents in this area who must suffer the noise, pollution, traffic, etc. of city-sponsored events. This is one of my concerns with city officials across our nation who believe they have a right and an obligation to provide entertainment to some of its citizens (those who attend such functions) at the expense of all (taxpayers). If you don’t live in the downtown area, you might think this is great because you can speed in someone else’s neighborhood as you make your way to the event, you can throw trash out your car window or dump it into the gutters, and you can blare you music and be exempt from noise ordinance laws. Finally, you may enjoy your time being obnoxious and then depart while likely intoxicated without any further concern for the cleanliness or tranquility of the place.

I’ll be there.

rediator
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April 04, 2012
You do realize the town parades are part of our community's heritage? Why would you buy a home and then complain after figuring out people go downtown every week and make noise. Every week last year, and this year starting in May, people will go to farmers market. They bring noisy children and laugh with their friends. Chat out loud with a vendor about the freshness of produce or pastries. And oh no, did that guy beep his horn? Sue him man sue him. Your house was there first and the real estate agent did not tell you about downtown noises cars and stores that go bump in the night.

Beep beep!

:P
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 03, 2012
I'm all for the seating and outside open air type atmosphere but I think the city is afraid of vagrants hanging out on the benches maybe. Kind of like where the West Side Market was.
Jet1962
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April 03, 2012
I thought they were suppose to have a place for outside seating that was permanent. Who wants to sit in oil? As wide as it is, with no parking on the other side they could have made an extra wide side walk. Poor planning.
superfly
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April 03, 2012
I agree that having an option to close some parking for outside seating sounds really odd. So if the neighboring business keeps their parking open then your customers are sitting right next to vehicles pulling in to park? With our weather we should definitely have restaurants with outdoor seating, but designated areas, not roped off parking spaces. Guess I need to go down and see it to picture how this will work before judging any further.
rediator
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April 04, 2012
You do realize there is plenty of FREE parking right across the street?


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