Imagine bubbling urban fountains, vast green spaces, live music and an outdoor cafe that serves food by day and alcohol after
For more than two years, the once-drab, concrete underground maze known as
"When you do a project like this, you budget for contingencies: You look at as-built drawings and you hope you've covered all the unforeseen conditions, and we found significantly more than we initially encountered," said
Although about six weeks of harsh winter weather delayed paving and masonry, Levy said, the unveiling of a new makeover is now a couple of weeks away.
"I like to say that if you gave an architect the challenge to design a dangerous space, that's what they would have created -- this underground where you couldn't see around corners or have clear lines of sight," he said.
From top to bottom, the plaza and its transit hub underground have been renovated, offering new, well-lit, airy and open spaces, pedestrian-friendly walkways accessible from all directions of
Attractions such as Picnic in the Park, Sips in the Park and Playtime in the Park will be put on for kids and adults both night and day, complete with a programmable, recycled-rainwater-fed fountain that transforms into an ice-skating rink in the winter.
A name change came with the announcement of the outdoor-cafe operator, Iron Chef
As for a public-private partnership, Garces said, "We were in
Officials say the surface of the park will be 85 percent to 90 percent complete on opening day.
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