Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
The plaza, located in downtown Phoenix, across from Arizona's capitol building, is home to 29 memorials and monuments dedicated to topics as wide-ranging as historical figures, important individuals, organizations and commorative events. Among the more prominent are the mast and anchor of the USS Arizona -- sunk at Pearl Harbor during WWII, memorials to major wars such as World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and Desert Storm.
A House Joint Resolution established Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza on March 9, 1978. It is a favorite stop for tourists and locals alike and free parking is available at the site.
In 2011, in anticipation of Arizona's Centennial celebration of statehood, local businesses and volunteers gave the rural park a much-needed facelift. Materials were donated and together with volunteers and inmate labor, the nine-month project added trees, reseeded the grounds and installed a new topcoat on the parking lot.
Information and applications for reserving Wesley Bolin Plaza for special events can be found on the AZ.GOV website. There is a $200 fee per section for non-state agency use of the plaza, and a $2800 fee to use the entire plaza.