This tour will offer a look at and some of the history of the city's waterfront park and of a section of what is today known as the historic old northeast, an area developed by C. Perry Snell. He was one of the city's early leading developers and he was also a key supporter in the effort to create the city's downtown waterfront park that was dedicated in 1910. The tour's starting point, at the "human" sundial, was dedicated in November 2010 in celebration of the waterfront park's centennial anniversary. One can determine the time of day by standing on the sundial and seeing where your shadow is cast on the sculpture by local artist Eric Higgs.
The historic old northeast is a National Register Historic District. The tour will include the 18th Avenue Northeast section of the neighborhood, also designated as a local historic district. It was one of several small historic districts designated by the city in 2017 as a result of the action of groups of homeowners with a growing concern about development threats to their historic neighborhoods.