The plaza has something for everybody: benches, art displays, children’s activities, mountain views, and room to dance around and meditate, or just be yourself.

On Wednesday, July 10, the Mount Shasta Beautification Committee held an ice cream social to gather input about the future of Parker Plaza.

Located in downtown Mount Shasta next to Burger Express and across the street from Snow Creek Studios, Parker Plaza has been deemed “The Heart of Downtown.” Dr. Jim Parker and the Mountain Runners transformed what was once a dirt parking lot into the plaza with contributions from the community and the Fourth of July run/walk events.

The plaza has something for everybody: benches, art displays, children’s activities, mountain views, and room to dance around and meditate, or just be yourself.

A few people at Wednesday’s event were under the impression that the gathering was a fundraiser, but it was quickly clarified that the event was simply a public input session.

“This is not a fundraiser event,” stated committee member Lynn Linebarger. “We’re looking for input. It’s an input-raiser!”

The Beautification Committee handed out surveys that asked four questions: if respondents attend the plaza regularly, what they already love about the plaza, what they would change within the space, and what types of plants they might like to see included.

The committee had also set up a large board with examples of four different kinds of gardens that could be planted, including drought tolerant, fire tolerant, pollinating and edible gardens.