Horton Plaza Park includes the restoration of the existing historic park and Irving Gil fountain, as well as the creation of a new one-acre plaza created by the removal of the Robinson May department store building. The new urban plaza creates a central meeting and public gathering space for San Diego. Sculptural Luminaires enclose the amphitheater space and paving patterns mimic Native American Kumeyaay basket weave patterns. The plant materials selected for the plaza and park were popularized by noted horticulturalist, Kate Sessions.
The space is activated with three kiosks that include Starbucks and Sloan’s Ice Cream currently, with a third tenant to be added in the near future. In addition, as part of their lease agreement with the City, Westfield will organize 200 civic events a year in the space. The 53,000-square-foot facility can hold more than 5,000 people. Daily activities will range from lunch time concerts to cultural festivals, holiday celebrations, weddings and movie screenings.