Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, Phoenix

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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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  • June 7, 2017
    This Memorial Park is Significant! It's located in front of the Arizona Capital, and is beautifully designed with nice walking paths, beautiful gardens and landscapes, and of course state of the art S...  more »
  • May 26, 2017
    This memorial was extensive, impressive, and so well presented. There were so many representations, I could have spent literally hours looking around. The K9 memorial moved me, as well as the beautifu...  more »
  • April 3, 2017
    I love that this park memorializes many groups of people (and even police dogs) giving each one an amazing amount of respect.  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    Beautiful park grounds with several memorials, water features, sculptures, etc. Grounds are well manicured and the walkways are kept clean. Great to visit for educational purposes while visiting the capitol museum too or just to walk through for some exercise outdoors if you work in any of the nearby state buildings or offices.
  • June 8, 2017
    The great AZ State Capitol. It's a beautiful piece of architecture with well manicured landscaping and clean grounds. Love it.
  • May 26, 2017
    It's a nice, small park with quite a few memorials, including part of the mast is the SS Arizona. Nice place to relax and learn some history.
  • June 11, 2017
    It's An Amazing Park where You can Learn about The Amazing people who Fought for our Freedom
  • April 13, 2017
    Always clean when I go here. Been here only a few times, usually for the March of Dimes event for the past two years. Nice and open space

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