The City of Sacramento is inviting residents to submit their ideas to activate the iconic Old Sacramento Waterfront as part of the Waterfront Idea Makers, a program created to enhance the historic destination. Submitting participants have a chance of winning up to $6,000 in prize money through a popular vote by the public.

With input from residents and other stakeholders, the City will ultimately choose among the ideas and select projects to implement. Participants will be invited to continue working with the City if their designs are feasible to bring to reality.

Entries can be submitted by noon on March 11, 2019. A public voting period will occur from March 11-20.

To recognize the best ideas, a public vote “People’s Choice” designation will be given to winners of the public vote and be awarded $5,000. Additionally, an “Open Competition Winner” will be designated and awarded $1,000.

A Kids Competition is also included for children ages 5-18 years old. Youth are encouraged to submit their ideas in one of nine categories that will be judged by City Council Members.

Examples of ideas range from open air street markets, pop-up chic shopping, dancing and colorful events, to adventure playgrounds, eateries and riverside dining.

Recently, the City chose five professional teams after an open call to generate imaginative concepts that enhance the area’s historic ambiance, aesthetic appeal, visitor experience and connectivity to the city. The teams, which have completed projects both nationally and internationally, have experience in architecture, engineering and placemaking. Each professional team receives $10,000 to develop their ideas for the waterfront, which runs between the Crocker Art Museum and the planned Powerhouse Science Center.

All professional team ideas and public ideas are eligible for the “People’s Choice” award.