Comstock's magazine 0519 - May 2019 - Page 107

Special Supplement The Start of a Makeover Story THE WATERFRONT IDEA MAKERS COMPETITION INVITED PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR DESIGNERS TO REVAMP THE OLD SACRAMENTO WATERFRONT The Old Sacramento Waterfront has historic charm, but the City of Sacramento is convinced it can offer more. In December 2018, the City asked for proposals from five professional design firms to reimagine the waterfront as part of its Waterfront Idea Makers competition, and it opened the contest to all Sacramento residents in Janu- ary. The proposals were posted online and voted on by the public in March for cash awards: $5,000 for the People’s Choice award, which goes to the professional design firm, and $1,000 for the Open Competition, the public entry. More than 9,500 votes were cast, and Perkins Eastman came out on top, with a comprehensive redesign, includ- ing the addition of a K Street pier, market square and music venue. Local attorney Craig Segall won the Open Competition with a proposal that includes removing part of Interstate 5 so it is not a visual blight. On the following pages are the five professional render- ings and two public entries that show their vision of an Old Sacramento Waterfront makeover. May 2019 | 107