Sacramento, California: Ship-shaped Water Intake Facility

A municipal water intake facility in the middle of the Sacramento River is designed with a pleasing concrete boat shape.

Matsui Waterfront Park

Address:
Jiboom St., Sacramento, CA
Directions:
From I-5, Richards Boulevard exit. (Southbound, make a right turn onto Richards; northbound, make a left). Richards feeds into Jiboom southbound (north on Jiboom leads to Discovery Park). Parking lot will be to your right. From Route 160 southbound (coming from the Arden Fair Mall, Carmichael, or Roseville via Business I-80): Take the last exit after the 16th Street Bridge for Richards Boulevard; follow Richards under Interstate 5 and then continue with directions above.
Hours:
9 am to 3 pm daily winter; longer hours summer. Closed Sa pm.
Admission:
$5 per car
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Ship-shaped Water Intake Facility.

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The Water Intake Facility is closed on Saturday afternoons.

[Ken, 04/12/2016]
Ship-shaped Water Intake Facility

Along Jiboom Street (old Highway 24) on the waterfront is a boat-shaped concrete structure in the middle of the Sacramento River. It's actually a water intake facility, but it contains distinctive glass architecture (featuring a mobile within the rotunda!) and spectacular views of the city and river, including the historic Tower and I Street Bridges and the downtown skyline. The facility just opened and is a very distinctive landmark off Interstate 5, especially entering the city southbound from the Airport/Natomas/Arco Arena area. (Note: no fishing, swimming, or diving is allowed from the observation deck.)

[Chris, 03/04/2004]

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