Groundbreaking Ceremony for new ADA Pathways at Lower Presidio Historic Park
Groundbreaking Ceremony for new ADA Pathways at Lower Presidio Historic Park to be held on Monday, August 14th
August 2017, Monterey, CA. Save the date! Don’t miss the special Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible pathways to the Sloat, Serra and Bouchard Monuments at the Lower Presidio Historic Park, located at 76th Artillery Street and Corporal Ewing Road in Monterey on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the concrete pad just below the Saint Serra monument (across from the Presidio of Monterey Museum).
Speakers at the ceremony will include City of Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson, Garrison Commander Lawrence Brown, a representative from the Neighborhood Improvement Program, and Old Monterey Foundation’s Board President, Bill Wojtkowski.
Many local organizations have played a role in the development of this project including Old Monterey Foundation, the Neighborhood Improvement Program, City of Monterey, Rotary Club of Monterey, Community Foundation for Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Presidio of Monterey and Granite Construction. The project is funded by the City of Monterey’s Neighborhood Improvement Program.
About Old Monterey Foundation
The Old Monterey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed on February 14, 2011, with the specific mission and purpose of promoting, supporting and enhancing the artistic, cultural and historic environment of historic Downtown Monterey, California. The group is well known for their work with the Art-in-the-Adobes event that was held from 2011-2013 as well as other fundraisers, lectures and events. Its private/public partnership with the City of Monterey heralds a new way of doing public business in a State strapped to find funds for park operations and expansions. It is also holding several free and informative lectures at the Middlebury Institute of Monterey including “The Historic Buffalo Trail” on Thursday, August 10th and “Ninety Years of Key Decisions to Preserve Monterey’s History” on Thursday, August 24th. The lectures will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and include additional remarks by Bill Wojtkowski, President of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors and others. More details are on the website, www.oldmontereyfoundation.org.
The Lower Presidio Historic Park, described as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast” and “One of the Most Beautiful Places in Monterey” is on its way to becoming a true historic public park to be enjoyed by locals and visitors. Old Monterey Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Monterey, has raised initial funds to begin Phase One of the project to enhance and restore this historic 25.3-acre site and is now seeking public donations to help complete Phase One of the $680,000 project.
The Lower Presidio Historic Park is one of the least-visited historic parks in the area due to some confusion about whether the public is allowed in the area. Situated in a “hidden in plain sight” location, the Park can be found above Pacific Street at the Lighthouse Curve in Downtown Monterey. The park features spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Harbor and will become a jewel of the City of Monterey’s park system. Lower Presidio Historic Park is considered by many professional historians as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast”. There is current on-going work to raise funds to restore and enhance this 25.3 acre park with incredible views of the Monterey Bay. Old Monterey Foundation is seeking additional funds to go along the two trails, and for historic signs, park benches and more.
Old Monterey Foundation invites everyone to become members of "Friends of the Lower Presidio" at www.oldmontereyfoundation.org and make tax-deductible donations to more quickly restore the park.
The City of Monterey Outreach Office produced an informative short video about the Lower Presidio Historic Park and its significance to California and American history: https://youtu.be/Lg7X0spnC4k