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 Waterfront Idea Makers

Help shape the future of Sacramento’s waterfront

Open Competition

The City is seeking concepts to activate the iconic Old Sacramento Waterfront enhance the destination through the historic ambiance, visitor experience, interpretive value, and connectivity.

Entries for the Waterfront Idea Makers Open Invitational should represent what would attract you to the Old Sacramento Waterfront.  The image should be appealing to the public and may reflect the historic nature of this area.

The winner of the Open Competition will receive $1,000 and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a $5,000 prize. Entries are to be uploaded by noon PST, on March 11, 2019. The public will vote on the submissions and select winners.

Submit your ideas

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Public Voting (Opens March 12)

Kids Competition

The Old Sacramento Waterfront has always been a place for history and adventure but what’s the next adventure at the Old Sacramento Waterfront? We want to make history with your ideas!

Children 5+ are invited to submit their ideas into our Kids Competition for the chance to win up to $100. Entries are to be uploaded by noon PST, on March 11, 2019. Each age category will be judged by a City Council Member. 

Submit your ideas

Download a Drawing Template

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The Sacramento Waterfront Idea Makers program is an exciting opportunity for entrants to help the City of Sacramento reimagine the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Additionally, the City selected five teams  to generate imaginative concepts that enhance the area’s historic ambiance, aesthetic appeal, visitor experience and connectivity to the City. These teams are eligible for the $5,000 “People Choice” award determined through a popular vote.

The City, with input from residents and other stakeholders, ultimately will choose among the design concepts and select projects to implement.


Headed by Atlas Lab Inc., a women and minority owned architecture, urban design and public art house, the Atlas Team is comprised of seven firms:


Stantec brings experience from 400 offices worldwide and has partnered on projects in Sacramento, Calgary, and New York, to name a few. Stantec was established in 1954 and has background in design, engineering, science and project management.


With a focus on experiential design, The Hettema Group has worked with high-profile clients, including DreamWorks, Universal, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Panasonic. Established in 2002, Hettema has completed projects in New York, Las Vegas and New Orleans.


Founded in 1981 in New York, Perkins Eastman has 11 offices in North America and four in Asia, Middle East-North Africa and South America. Multidisciplinary in nature, their projects specialize in civics, culture, large scale mixed-use, planning and urban design, and science and technology, among many others.


The LPA / Hargreaves / RSM Team consists of LPA Design Studios, Hargreaves Associates and RSM.