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56 Landscape Architect and Specifier News College's West Sacramento campus on the other side. The urban plaza in front of City Hall is characterized by interlocking pavers, shade trees, a wide variety of seating opportunities in different settings, pedestrian lights and bicycle racks. The plaza extends across the street to the Transit Center and City College with rhythmic patterns of interlocking pavers, with stamped asphalt within the travel lanes. Statues of a baseball pitcher in mid-windup, ready to deliver the pitch to a batter located down the median, are a playful nod to the Sacramento River Cats, West Sacramento's popular Pacific Coast League team, the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics. Overall, the plaza has become a focal area for social gatherings and key city events. The bus shelters at Jefferson Avenue impart an identity to the area with the W-shaped design of the shelters and their bright yellow color, the same color as the Tower Bridge, the span over the Sacramento River that connects West Sacramento to Sacramento. The design of the shelters creates a gateway experience to the downtown Civic Center. Integrated planters provide opportunities to capture adjoining stormwater run-off and improve the water quality before it drains into the Top left The sidewalks toward Jefferson Avenue integrate planters to capture stormwater runoff and improve the water quality before it drains into the Sacramento River. This approach to green infrastructure is carried out in the overall execution of the streetscape through planting 225 new trees, and replacing large portions of impervious surfaces with planted areas. The tree here is an Acer rubrum 'Autum Flame'. Bottom left The bus shelters at Jefferson Avenue are easily spotted by the bright yellow W-shaped shelter design, the same color as the Tower Bridge that spans the Sacramento River and connects West Sacramento to Sacramento. Right Where possible, the project maintained existing trees, such as the iconic liquid amber tree in the median in front of City Hall. (Continued on page 58)