Getting to the waterfront in Old Sacramento will now be easier and safer thanks to a multi-million dollar upgrade to the Front Street Embarcadero.
The wooden planks that once lined the landing have been replaced with stamped, colored concrete that officials say is more durable and requires less maintenance.
“This is no longer a place you walk past to get to a restaurant,’ said Public Works Director Hector Barron. “This is now a destination area.”
New lighting and landscaping will make it easier for the more than three million visitors who cross the railroad tracks each year.
“It’s safe, it’s beautiful, and it’s exactly what our city needs,” said Councilman Steve Hansen. “For those who might have felt like they were going to hurt themselves on a bolt sticking up or were disabled and felt like they couldn’t effectively traverse this, it's now a place where we can hold events and where we can celebrate,” said Hansen.
The $8 million dollar project is just the start of revitalization along the waterfront.
“We have a new bridge coming,” Hansen explained. “We’re going to be building the Powerhouse Science Center just to the north of here. Ground breaking is next week.”
Mayor Darrell Steinberg joined Hansen and Barron for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning to kick off a long list of summer events and activities in the ever-popular historic district.