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Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, Phoenix

(4.7/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is an urban park and gathering place, located in front of the Arizona state capitol complex in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It serves as a home to a number of memorials honoring prominent figures in Arizona history as well as memorializing significant wars and other events that have affected the state. It is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.HistoryThe plaza was established on March 9, 1978, by the Arizona Legislature in honor of Governor Wesley Bolin, who had died a mere 5 days previously on March 4. Prior to the resolution creating the plaza, it had simply been a part of the Legislative Governmental Mall. While the plaza exists only as a part of the Mall, in common usage the terms are interchangeable and the name of the plaza is often used in preference to the Mall.Much like the National Mall on which it is loosely based, the Legislative Governmental Mall is intended as an open-air public space featuring monuments, memorials and gardens. Some of these monuments were erected prior to the inception of the Plaza, such as the monument to the USS Arizona which was dedicated over a year earlier on December 7, 1976. The Plaza, when dedicated, included these existing memorials and all subsequent memorials have been located within the boundaries of the plaza.
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  • I love that this park memorializes many groups of people (and even police dogs) giving each one an amazing amount of respect.  more »
  • While the statutes of military war veterans are very moving, the one I thank most people should see is the one to the NAVAJO CODE TALKERS. Their story is one of the greatest of WWII. One more that is ...  more »
  • Many years ago I visited our state capitol on my birthday. It was the first of many b-days that I decided to go somewhere I had not been before. It was the only time I was ever at the state capitol. O...  more »
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  • This is a really beautiful park. I went to catch some Pokémon (which if you're into is a good place to go) but ended up spending a lot of extra time admiring the many amazing memorials and statues. I went at night and wish it was just a little better lit because downtown Phoenix can always be a little worrisome at night. But we didn't hardly see anyone and had a great time.
  • Came here with an elementary school field trip. A lot to walk around and view. The weather was wonderful for us but I assume it must be horrible during the summer months. Bring water and snacks as there are not any nearby.
  • Beautiful place to walk around. The walkways are always well kept and clean. A couple pokéstops along the way too.
  • My best friend and brother Nick Ivie was killed while on duty as a border patrol officer and his name rest upon this monument for all of us to pay are respect.
  • Access to well-maintained lawn and walks at the entrance to Arizona State Legislature buildings with plenty of nearby parking. The perfect place to stage a timely public protest and raise your signs (and a minor ruckus) without blocking city traffic or confronting legislators leaving through the back door.