PARKS + RECREATION
EATON PLAZA MASTER PLAN Fresno, California
Eaton Plaza is located at the heart of Fresno’s Civic Center between the Memorial Auditorium, Fresno Library, Federal Courthouse and Fresno Police Station. The historic Fresno Water Tower, listed on the National Registry, sits at the north corner overlooking the park.

MPA Design worked through an extensive public participation process to develop a Master Plan that would transform the park, which had previously been used for surface parking, into a dynamic urban plaza. After conducting a series of meetings and public questionnaires, MPA prepared several Master Plan schemes and cost estimates that were then considered by community and government stakeholders. In summer 2004, a plan was selected by the community and approved by the City Council and in spring 2006, the phase one amphitheater opened to the public. The central plaza serves as a community focal point and meeting place as well as a venue for festivals. Other design elements include a participatory fountain, tree groves, and a view of the existing historic water tower. 
Client: City of Fresno