Park honors Sacramento creative pioneer in a neighborhood blooming with art

The late developer-turned-gallery owner Michael Himovitz was honored Friday as the city dedicated a small park within McKinley Village in his name.

Himovitz, who died in 1994, is credited with starting Sacramento's Second Saturday art walks.

The park is one of five within the art-heavy McKinley Village infill project along the Capital City Freeway in East Sacramento.

On Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m., the community is invited to tour the public art scattered throughout the 336-home McKinley Village community. Himovitz Park features the sculpture "Wildlife on a Ferris Wheel" by Jim Piskoti, one of six pieces currently installed within the infill community. Ten works of art are planned.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called Himovitz a pioneer who changed the way we think about art. He said thousands of people for generations to come will know "he lived and made a profound difference in the city."

"Wildlife on a Ferris Wheel" is a large stainless steel wheel adorned with rotating ceramic circles with whimsical animals on them.

Also scheduled for Friday was a showing of "Luminous Passage," a multicolored LED display that illuminated the underpass leading into McKinley Village. The lighting design is by Michael Sestak.

The Saturday event at R. Burnett Miller Park, 3260 McKinley Village Way, will celebrate the McKinley Village art with live music, food, drink, face painting for kids and art activities. An art walk is set for 12:30 p.m.