Santa Fe Plaza History
Today the Santa Fe Plaza is popular for tourists who are interested in Spanish, Native American, and Mexican cultures. Throughout the Plaza one can find native jewelry, art, designs, music, and dances. Many annual events are held at the Santa Fe Plaza including Fiestas de Santa Fe, the Spanish Market, the Santa Fe Bandstand, and the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Santa Fe Plaza Monument
Santa Fe Historic Recognition and Preservation
In 1957, the Santa Fe Plaza was protected as part of the established “Santa Fe Historic District” in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Bringing More Tourists to the Plaza
“…bring forward additional recommendations to the Governing Body that would:(a) Enhance the experience of the Plaza for residents and visitors;
(b) Increase economic development and public safety in the Plaza area;
(c) Provide additional parking opportunities in the Plaza area, if necessary; and
(d) Ultimately bring people to the Plaza.”
Top 7 Ideas to Bring More People to the Santa Fe Plaza
- International Food Market on Burro Alley.
- Dinner on the Plaza (each one hosted by a different Santa Fe Restaurant with proceeds going to charity)
- Mariachi Dances
- Talent/Music/Dance Competitions
- Cruise Nights on the Plaza
- A web app that shows the availability of parking near the Plaza.
- Concrete chess tables (permanent) for people to play chess.
Finally, in 2019, the New Mexico legislature approved $550,000 to build restrooms with 22 stalls and a family restroom. Soon the Plaza’s #1 issue will be solved.
So what makes the Santa Fe Plaza so appealing to tourists and locals alike? The following videos can help answer that question: