Features and Design
The building program, site plan , and conceptual architectural plan for the Town Plaza is being developed and will become more detailed as input is received from the community. The goal of the program and design is to create a Town Plaza that is financially viable and fulfills the overall objectives of the project.
The public market building can have a mix of uses within the plaza. It might be a large, open-span, flexible, space that can be used for farmers markets, special events, an ice skating rink, craft fairs, banquets, weddings and other community uses. Or, it could be an enclosed building offering all-weather use for music and performances, antique auctions, wedding events, etc.
The outdoor plaza area is envisioned to provide spaces for different experiences and opportunities such as events, outdoor markets, music, and performances during warm weather months. The design plan for the site needs to encourage people to wander around and through the plaza and into the adjacent shops, restaurants, park, trail and recreational facilities. The outdoor spaces can include amenities such as moveable seating and tables, attractive eco-friendly landscaping, a variety of play features for children and a water feature for warmer months.
Interpretive signage can illuminate the power of place that will inspire a feeling of stewardship in our community and strengthen the awareness of our cultural and natural resources. Interpretive signage will demonstrate our community's pride in our local heritage, and, by drawing attention to the Lake Almanor Basin's unique history and identity, tourists will better appreciate our story.
The Town Plaza can be at the heart of our community's Way Finding System by providing directions and details to other areas of interest around the Lake Almanor Basin.
Parking can provided on a parcel across Willow Way as well as on the west side of the property.
Public Restrooms will need to be a separate building that will include storage space.