Officials with Cal State Bakersfield and members of the Hall family held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to unviel the Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza.
Announced in January 2019, the Harvey L. Hall Plaza is the creation of Lavonne Hall, her daughter, Amy, and granddaughter, Skyler, in recognition of the late Bakersfield mayor’s love for CSUB.
The Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza will be symbolic of the relationship between Hall and the University, which dates back to the early 1970s when he founded Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. and began providing standby ambulance service at each of the school’s home athletic contests. That relationship has only deepened over the past 47 years.
“Harvey was so passionate about CSUB and the educational experience it provided for the student-athletes to succeed,” Lavonne C. Hall said of her late husband. “Our family has a lot of good memories of attending Roadrunner games and this project will give his name a permanent place on the campus.”
The open space features a two-tone brick walkway that will be highlighted by the bronze Roadrunner monument created by sculptor Ben Victor near the south side parking lot. Park benches, trees, and landscape complete the renovation. Harvey L. Hall Plaza signage is prominently displayed on the monument as well as on the exterior of the Icardo Room building.