Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza Dedication and Community Event
January 10, 2013
The Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza, a 100,000 square foot outdoor multi-use area designed for outdoor enjoyment and meeting space, will officially open on Saturday, Jan. 12, and the community is invited to attend the festivities. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. to be followed by a free concert by the Orange County Symphony, Anaheim’s resident symphony orchestra.
Located off Convention Way at Harbor Blvd., the Grand Plaza will create a pedestrian esplanade that will span from the entrance to the Anaheim Convention Center and flow between the Hilton Anaheim and the Anaheim Marriott hotels. The Grand Plaza will provide a uniquely Southern California outdoor environment that can be utilized year-round for a wide variety of events.
The pedestrian plaza includes 151 palm trees (more than half of the palm trees in the new design were re-purposed from the existing landscape), 60 orange trees reminiscent of Anaheim and Orange County’s citrus industry, a river of lights that will run through the middle of the plaza, water features symbolizing the mountains and ocean, a 48-foot lighted entry monument, and more than 80,000 square feet of colored concrete and pavers. Key elements to the Grand Plaza are its eco-friendly features: The lighting utilizes LED technology, adding to the energy efficiency and longevity of each fixture, and plants chosen for the design are drought tolerant.
The Grand Plaza is the sixth major construction project added to the Anaheim Convention Center. The LEED-certified Anaheim Convention, the largest convention center on the west coast, opened in 1967 and sits in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District. The Anaheim Convention Center remains a popular meeting space choice for guests both locally and from around the world, and hosts major conventions and events such as the NAMM Show, Natural Products Expo, Disney’s D23, the Orange County Auto Show and the DirecTV Classic, hosted by ESPN.
Complimentary parking for the Grand Plaza event will be available at the Anaheim Convention Center’s Car Park 1 (entrance on Katella Ave.) between the hours of 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. For more information about the Grand Plaza and to RSVP, please click here.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 343,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.5 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.