Friday, November 17, 2006

La Placita Village owners have plan to remove Tucson park's gazebo

[Source: Ernesto Portillo Jr., Arizona Daily Star] -- The gazebo centerpiece of a grassy historic park Downtown, often the site of weddings and magazine photo shoots, could be torn down under a renovation plan being considered by La Placita Village owners. Bourn Partners is proposing the city renovate the historic public park, including one plan that removes the structure built in 1955.

Removing the gazebo is one option of a broad proposal to make the park at the southwest corner of West Broadway and South Church Street more accessible to the public, said Oscar Turner, project manager for Bourn Partners. "We want to turn it into an events space," Turner said. But removal of the gazebo, which was erected to celebrate Tucson's Mexican heritage, would create controversy among historical preservationists and Tucsonans who once used La Placita and the gazebo for community — and more intimate — celebrations.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo from Arizona Daily Star archives.]