The West Sacramento city council is poised to approve a new outdoor venue along the River Walk Trail that would draw attention to its new Bridge District.
Called the “Barn,” it would be a structure with a kitchen and restrooms that would anchor events like small concerts, a farmers market, bicycle and foot races and charity events.
Townhomes are not being built in the area just south of Raley’s Field, but more homes and businesses are planned in the area. Drawing visitors regionally to the Barn would create interest in people who want to live and work there.
“We’re ready now for a hot start. We’re looking at this facility as a place where people can coalesce as we start to build out the river front,” West Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen said.
He also said the new street car connecting West Sacramento with Sacramento means people from throughout the region can enjoy events at the Barn.
Baseball fans were enjoying the beer garden at nearby Raley Field, the key feature of the Bridge district. Several of the patrons there say they would welcome another venue with activities.
“That would be great. This is a nice park. I you got more attractions, more reasons to come,” baseball fan Emilio Lara said.
City officials say that’s reason enough for the city to foot half the bill for the Barn project, $2.6 million. A developer would pay the half and run the business side of project. It would bring in tax revenue to the city as well as promote development in the district.