Eternal Flame Park is one of a series of six parks along Market Street in the Downtown West Neighborhood. Working west from Tucker Boulevard and Market Street you have Poelker Park, Washington Square Park and Kaufmann Park, then Memorial Plaza Park/Gateway Mall Plaza (including Eternal Flame Park and the one across from the Park Pacific which is not listed on the city website), Serra Sculpture Park, Aloe Plaza and Aloe Plaza West. The beautiful and peaceful Soldier's Memorial Military Museum is also part of this stretch of land and I will include that in a separate post.
As the city started losing population at a staggering rate, there was less need for business and housing...hence, we get more building demolition and are left with easier to maintain park space. Unfortunately, as go the buildings and people so goes the well planned, dense city. Anyhow, we lost a lot of tax generating, vibrancy-creating properties and now we have parks. Albeit...a very beautiful one in the case of Aloe Plaza.
Aloe Plaza West is really nothing more than grass, a few trees and homeless tents and debris.