Plaza Ignacio Park is a park located at Avenue Alhambra and rue Henrietta. The square is situated in front of the City Hall. There are park benches, Spanish fountain, tile plaza, and flower beds created.
Plaza Ignacio Park is a quiet place in a historic setting. The park is lined by benches in the center with a regal water fountain that reflects the calming sound of cascading water. This park has a fascinating history aside from its beauty. It is a very open place, very clean. It is situated in front of some offices of the Government.
The park is named after the original Rancho El Pinole grantee, Don Ignacio Nicanor Martinez, a portion of which is now Martinez’s city. Land for this location was donated in 1849 by members of his family to the Martinez people. This detail also appears on a plaque in the park. For more information on Don Ignacio Nicanor Martinez, please visit the Martinez Historical Society website.
The Plaza is a lively, open area ideal for walking in or just sitting around for a while. It is also used for civic functions, charitable programs, and weddings. Several of the benches are dedicated to former friends and family.
City Hall on one side of the intersection and Boys and Girls Club on the other. These buildings were both part of the Grammar school in Martinez. The school was originally built in 1873. In 1909 this house was demolished, which is now the Boys and Girls Club. The school annex was built in 1916 as a result of the building of the Shell Refinery to serve an increasing population. City Hall is now housed in an annex. There was a playground between the school and the annex which is where the plaza is now. According to Harriett Burt, former Martinez school teacher and currently a planning commissioner, “The playground was a barren, filthy, weed filled empty lot until the mid-seventies when then Mayor John Sparacino thought it would make an perfect city park in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial and Martinez’s centennial as an incorporated community."
California is so young, as is Martinez’s past-from her buildings to her property. History can be found as near as Plaza Ignacio Park, in Martinez.
This amazing park is located near the following parks in Martinez, California:
- Rankin Park
- Golden Hills Park
- Hidden Lakes Park
- Hidden Valley Park
- Holiday Highlands Park
- John Muir Park
- Mountain View Park
- Nancy Boyd Park
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