Old Sacramento is the last remaining area in the city with direct access to the Sacramento river. Although the historic buildings in the district have been preserved, the vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout are confusing and disjointed. With previous installations of the Transcontinental Railroad’s western terminus, river levees to prevent flooding, and a major freeway bypassing the district, access has been blocked long-term to this jewel of the city.
Working in close coordination with a multidisciplinary team led by Atlas Lab, our solution proposes to restore waterfront access between Front Street and the river through creation of a signature park honoring Sacramento’s history, complete with narratives and native riparian vegetation. Creation of a separated pedestrian walkway and dedicated bike path along the embarcadero will also greatly improve access for all. The new dedicated bike path also provides a missing link in the regional trail system along the river. Additions of a performance space for outdoor concerts near the Tower Bridge, water splash pad with beach area for volleyball, and sheltered depot structure will encourage family and community engagement.