A new public art endeavor entitled, “Stetson Plaza Splash Pad Enhancement” will further beautify the location near the Marshall Way Bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront.
Scottsdale City Council authorized at the beginning of July to transfer $65,000 from the fiscal year 2020-21 General Fund capital contingency budget for the new project to be funded by the Downtown Cultural Trust, according to a city staff report, noting that the city will contract an artist to undertake the project.
Scottsdale Public Art will contract an artist to design and install enhancements at the Stetson Plaza splash pad, which is described as a user-activated, low-water use, plaza-style splash pad that may be deactivated depending on event set-up and “footprint,” during area activities.
The splash pad, which serves as an attraction for families to play and relax at the waterfront, will be transformed by the contracted artist to transform the spot, enhancing the “visual interest and adding seating elements,” the report said, specifying for seating to not impede pedestrian traffic.
Low walls surrounding the splash pad will possibly be enhanced with mosaic tile, detailed the report, noting the potential for adding any seating elements around the splash pad to be explored and possibly installed in appropriate areas.
Now that the newly-created capital project has received approval from City Council to proceed, city staff and Scottsdale Arts will partner to select an artist team to design and construct the Stetson Plaza enhancements and installations.
The Downtown Cultural Trust --- a subset of the Cultural Improvement Program --- applies to private development projects in zoning districts requiring a contribution, and receives “contributions generated by the valuation of private development projects in the downtown area that choose not to commission and install original artwork in their projects,” according to the report.
The funds, the report added, may only be used for the cost of artwork on property in the downtown area.