City of Walla Walla to Host First Avenue Plaza Redesign Open Day | Local news

The City of Walla Walla will host an open house on Friday, December 3 for residents to meet with the engineers designing the redeveloped First Avenue Plaza and ask questions or share their comments.

The open house will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and will take place at First Avenue Plaza.

The plaza was originally closed to traffic and designated for live music and outdoor seating in the summer of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited indoor dining throughout the country.

What was originally a temporary change is now made permanent, with Walla Walla City Council in September authorizing PBS Engineering and Environmental to design the new public space.

This design is expected to be completed in early 2022, with construction scheduled for this spring. If construction and design are on schedule, the new permanent square could be completed by mid-summer 2022.

The design process involved representatives of the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and Confederate tribes from the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The new plaza will be designed to teach visitors about the culture of the valley’s indigenous peoples and to celebrate Walla Walla’s connection to water, according to a city statement.