When it is completed this summer, a new rose arbor will grace Lacy Park for the first time since 2015, when age and dry rot made its predecessor a safety hazard and caused it to be dismantled altogether.
Socially distanced construction work continues on the new arbor, which will cost around $650,000 when completed. Because Lacy Park sits over an active earthquake fault, the structure was subject to new building codes enacted in 2019. The city will pay approximately $450,000 of the bill with an anonymous community member pitching in a sizeable amount of the tab. Other funds have been contributed by the San Marino Motor Classic through San Marino Rotary Charities.
With the approval of the City Council, plans for a revived Rose Arbor at Lacy Park are now being prepared to be sent out for bid, hopefully in the fall.
“That section of the park has been an eyesore for too long and it was a mistake by the city to put it in that condition,” said Vice Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey, signaling support for moving forward at last week’s City Council meeting. Continue reading “City Council Goes With Wood Rose Arbor”
Lacy Park’s beloved Rose Arbor not only will return to its spot adorning the western entrance to the San Marino haven, but it will even have the same design as the structure torn down in 2016.
The question to be answered — tentatively in March — will be how to pay for it.
“The general consensus of the City Council seems pretty clearly to rebuild,” City Manager Marcella Marlowe said during Friday’s council meeting. “The first question is, do you want to put city funds forward to do it, or do we want to rely on donations?” Continue reading “City Wants Lacy Park Rose Arbor to Rise Anew”
The City Council expects to review options for the Lacy Park Rose Arbor tentatively in March after giving Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne a sense of their hopeful direction at a meeting last week.
The prior Rose Arbor was demolished by the city in 2016 after it had apparently deteriorated to a hazardous state, a move which incensed those intent on preserving historical landmarks in town. The City Council aims to find a way to replace the structure in a way both meaningful to those who have donated for it in the past and sturdy enough to stand for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “City Reviews Rebuild Options for Rose Arbor”