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A significant makeover is coming to the plaza on Temple Square that sits between the Church Office Building, the Church Administration Building, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Relief Society Building. This extensive alteration is a planned part of the larger renovation of the Salt Lake Temple that began more than a year ago.
The plaza currently has a system of circulating water for the fountain and other areas, surrounded by trees, flower gardens and grass. The renovation is needed because the water system and the concrete deck have been leaking for several years — a hazard for the parking garage underneath. The new plaza will feature a new waterproofing system as well as ample green space and gardens that will enhance the visibility of the Salt Lake Temple.
“Our design of the landscaping on this plaza and around the temple will open up access and views to the temple and make it more inviting for people to feel welcome here on the grounds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations for the Church.
The redesign will also emphasize and celebrate the global makeup of a Church of more than 16.5 million members in 196 nations and territories.
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