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This large plaza is right in the center of downtown, ringed by the Art Museum, The Tech Museum, The Fairmont and St. Claire Hotels, and several other notable buildings. Throughout the year the plaza is used for civic events and outdoor music shows, such as the San Jose Jazz Festival in August. During the winter holiday season the park takes on a festive atmosphere with "Christmas in the Park," which includes an ice skating rink set up between the palms next to the Fairmont - a beautiful setting for a family outing.

This is the oldest continuously used public open space in the city, dating back to the late 1700s when this was a Spanish settlement. It's been used as a parade ground, cock-pit, race-track and public hangings.

In 1993 the park was named in honor of Cesar E. Chavez (1927-1993), the community organizer and founder of the United Farm Workers Union, who was a resident of San Jose.

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  • Written Feb 10, 2008
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