City receives a 2012 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Award
Posted: Oct 8, 2012
UPDATED: 10-17-12 to include the below video presentation from the awarding agency.
The City of Tracy is honored with a 2012 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Award in recognition of Downtown Revitalization. The City will receive the award at the Regional Policy Conference luncheon on October 12, 2012 at Tachi Palace in Lemoore, CA.
The San Joaquin Valley Blueprint is a joint initiative of the Councils of Governments representing each of the region's eight counties, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the Great Valley Center.
The City of Tracy’s Downtown Plaza is the signature-gathering place of downtown Tracy located at Central Avenue and Sixth Street. The Downtown Plaza features a pavilion area with amenities for performances and community events, parking for automobiles and bicycles, a 4,000 square foot lawn area, shade trees, an interactive fountain, and water efficiencies such as a rain garden and permeable pavers. Within the last five years, the city has revitalized the downtown area with the reconstruction of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, newly constructed Tracy Transit Center, and construction of the downtown plaza. All of which created a connective public space that has ignited public interest in downtown as the distinctive center of the City.
The city’s investment of the plaza demonstrated the city’s commitment to downtown revitalization efforts. This investment has helped position the downtown for private investment and development of the Bowtie Area.
City Manager, Leon Churchill states, “Tracy was very fortunate to take advantage of the opportunity to create a great downtown space. The project is also the product of innovation and tenacity shown by City staff and contractors, and we are much better for it. “
You can read the official press release from the Fresno Council of Governments, announcing the City of Tracy as a 2012 award recipient. You can also view the video presentation from all award recipients below.