Its birth was the result of out-of-the-box, leading edge thinking. It sprang from the highest concepts of what our city stands for. It was a place for all citizens to come, attracted by all the good that gratitude can do for the individual, the community, and the world.
Four decades ago business, community, and government leaders conceived and built downtown’s first park to serve an inspired purpose. We take that legacy to heart in plans to reposition Thanks-Giving Square for the next fifty years as the gathering place that is an oasis where one may find inspiration and peace, a refuge of beauty and accessibility in the midst of a lively, vibrant downtown environment.
The initial renovation plan for Thanks-Giving Square focuses squarely on the exterior areas of the park, which provide the greatest opportunity for impacting the surrounding neighborhood. The renovation plans have evolved over a ten year period while the surrounding area has transformed itself into a new neighborhood of residential units, hotels, apartment conversions, technology incubator space, and new corporate headquarters.
Architectural firms Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects and Selzer Associates Inc. will assist with the renovation plans, which will provide better accessibility and restore the simplistic grandeur of the garden and fountains.