Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, San Jose

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  • I love this park. It has big, tall trees to shade you when the sun is hot and the tree trunks are perfect for leaning against or sitting on the lawn and using a tree as a backrest. I like going to the...  more »
  • From the water fountains to the extravaganza of Christmas in the Park, this park really is beautiful for both adults and children to enjoy. The park is in the middle of the road (it splits the directi...  more »
  • Each year Christmas in the Park is held at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. There is fun rides (ferris wheel and many others), ice skating, as well as a park full of Christmas trees, Christmas displays, an...  more »
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  • What makes this park so great are the events that take place there and the diversity in culture that it embraces. From annual events that have become family traditions for many Bay Area natives, such as Christmas in the Park, to catch-it-before-you-miss-it exhibits like the musical light-up swing set last winter, there is always something worth taking a drive around Market St to see what's going on at the park that week. The fountains are iconic and a treasured childhood memory for many. They are seasonally operational and are the perfect family-friendly activity during summer when funds are low and the temperature is high. On any given day you can find skateboarders attempting to conquer the granite stairs leading up to the stage on the side near the San Jose Museum of Art and passersby taking it easy on one of the many colorful Adirondack chairs spread throughout the park. Snuggled between the luxuriously historic Fairmont Hotel and the state-of-the-art Tech Museum, you're within arms reach of numerous restaurants, bars, and venues. Plaza de Cesar Chavez looks like it could be a park from a romantic movie at nighttime when the string of lights hung between the trees is lit up and the downtown setting bustles around you. This park is unique because of its location and never-ending schedule of events.
  • Free and fun times all year round. Jazz, fountains in the summer, ice skating in the winter. Right now a sculpture: "Tara Mechani," a 15-foot-tall metal figurative sculpture by artist Dana Albany, will be on display at San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez through June 9, 2018.  Is here.
  • I like visiting here when it's quiet. This morning (Easter Sunday) the Tara Mechani beauty reflected the sun against a brilliantly blue sky, the birds sang, and the biked police were smiling. Life is good.
  • There is a lot of San Jose History at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. An old cornerstone , erected 1887, near the Park Avenue and South Market street reminds us that the old San Jose City Hall used to be here. Toward the north side of the park hosted the location for the first state capital building in California. San Jose was the seat for the government from 1849 to 1851. From 1872 to 1887, a block near where Fairmont San Jose is was what was once Chinatown. In 1887 a fire destroyed all of Chinatown and the Chinese were forced to relocate. So yes, San Jose had a Chinatown before. There is so much to explore in this area and so many interesting facts to learn.
  • When there's no "Christmas in the Park", this plaza is just alright. There's usually water shooting out of a fountain that kids can play in during the summer. There isn't that much space. It's more or less a strip of greenery with a few nice trees in the heart of San Jose. For a city like San Jose, Plaza de César Chávez seems like it's missing something. This plaza could really use some monumental work of art to make it stand out, something that would shout out the glory of San Jose. In it's current state, it's just a brief walk-through.
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