The firm designing the Indian Creek plaza said the layout will create a vibrant, livable space for families and the community in downtown Caldwell. Christine Harrington, an associate with the Seattle-based design firm GGLO, presented concept design plans to the Caldwell City Council on Monday. The council unanimously approved the plans. Harrington said the plaza design highlights Caldwell’s uniqueness. “There is a lot of richness and exciting elements in Caldwell,” Harrington said. “You see the history and the architecture, the diversity and the multiple generations that live here.”
The design and plaza atmosphere will draw from the area’s agricultural history, with modern elements linking to the Sunnyslope wine trail and farm-to-fork tradition, Harrington said. In the summertime, visitors could eat outside at a restaurant bordering the plaza and later walk to an outdoor concert or event at the plaza’s central stage. At capacity, the plaza could hold around 6,500 people, Harrington said. If Arthur and Seventh streets were to be closed temporarily, the area could accommodate around 13,000 people.
An ice skating area in the shape of a ribbon with a circular rink in the center is planned for the plaza, with “warming huts” where people can congregate, eat and drink. “The other thing I find very romantic about the ice rink is that you’re going through different environments as you skate,” unlike a stationary hockey rink, Harrington said. The railing at the ice rink and accessories can be removed during the summer. In those same places, there would be water-splashing areas for children to play. Councilman Dennis Callsen said that after attending the Indian Creek Festival this weekend, which drew big crowds, he believes Caldwell is ready for the plaza.