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Rotary Club of Monterey Adopts LOWER PRESIDIO HISTORIC PARK AS LEGACY

The Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Monterey has Entrance sign 2agreed to become a major sponsor of the Lower Presidio Historic Park with a significant grant to fund the construction and installation of the custom signs on site.

The first of many presentations by the Board of the Old Monterey Foundation was given to the membership of the Club on January 7, 2016l32 and received an enthusiastic response.  The presentation was followed by a tour of the Park so that the members could see firsthand the beauty and potential of the Park to become the jewel of the Monterey Park system.  Rotary guestsAfter threatened rain, the afternoon turned out to be sunny and dry, and a good time was had by all with wine provided by the Club.President Steve Merrill

After several meetings with the Rotary Club Board, it was agreed that development of Phase I (and possibly Phase II) of the Master Plan would be an ideal Legacy Project for the Club.  We tailored a package of custom designed signs to funded by the Rotary grant of $50,000, which include the Entrance Sign (as above) that will for the first time proclaim that the site is an Historic Park and that the public is WELCOME!

We are most grateful to the Rotary Club of Monterey for its generous grant and look forward to seeing the Entrance Sign erected in September, 2016, thanks to the Club’s donation.

 

 

Become a Friend of the Lower Presidio

“Friends of the Lower Presidio” Campaign Launched to Raise Private Funds to Restore the Beautiful 25.3-Acre Historic Park Overlooking the Monterey Bay

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February 22, 2016. Monterey, CA.  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 alike. Old Monterey Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Monterey and the Department of the Army, has raised initial funds to complete 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. Old Monterey Foundation invites everyone to become members of “Friends of the Lower Presidio” and make tax-deductible donations to more quickly restore the park.  Our goal is to obtain private donations of $50,000 or more, to combine with funds already received or anticipated to compete the initial phase of the Plan by the end of 2016.

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 on Corporal Ewing Drive 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.sierra_ship web

To become a member of “Friends of the Lower Presidio”, individuals and businesses can donate at www.oldmontereyfoundation.org or call (831) 521-2313 for more information.  Donations to “Friends of Lower Presidio” can be accessed from a pull down menu at the upper right of the site, and donations can be made by any major credit card or PayPal.  These donations will help Old Monterey Foundation to complete the immediate goal of completing Phase One of the project in 2016, and allow progress toward completing Phases Two and Three in time for the 200th Anniversary of the Bouchard Raid in 1818 and Monterey’s 250th birthday in June 2020.

Click Here To Become a Friend of the Lower Presidio.

Checks may also be sent to: Old Monterey Foundation, 98 Del Monte Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

Note: All donations are tax-deductible. Federal Tax ID#45- 1343649, Old Monterey Foundation. For additional information, call (831) 521-2313. Individuals can choose to give anonymously or receive recognition as described below.

Get Recognized! Become a Donor or Sponsor of the Lower Presidio 

$50 Donation – Friend

  • Receives Lower Presidio Historic Park Quarterly Newsletter
  • Invitation to all LPHP events.

$100 and more Founding Friend

  • Receives Commemorative Pin

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    Friends Pin
  • Lower Presidio Historic Park Quarterly Newsletter
  • Invitation to all LPHP events
  • With confirmation of interest, donor receives a mention on the website, and mention on Facebook.

$500 – Sebastian Viscaino Sponsor

  • Company or Name included in Opening Event Thank You Ad
  • Private Tour of Lower Presidio Historic Park
  • Company or Name listing in Quarterly Newsletter
  • Commemorative Pin

$1000 – Gaspar de Portola Sponsor

Receives all of the above benefits plus…

  • Permanent acknowledgement and Company logo on Old Monterey Foundation website
  • Acknowledgement at Grand Opening event
  • 2 VIP invitations to Grand Opening event

$2500 – Ft. Mervine Sponsor

Receives all of the above benefits plus…

  • Logo Opportunity in Official Park Map
  • Permanent Company or Name listed on Recognition Wall
  • Company listing in Lower Presidio Historic Park press releases
  • Permanent Acknowledgement and Company logo on Old Monterey Foundation website
  • Company or Name included in Opening Event Thank You Ad

$5000 – Commodore Sloat Sponsor

Receives all of the above benefits plus…

  • Logo Opportunity in Official Park Brochure
  • Company Banner display at Grand Opening event (5’ banner)
  • 4 VIP invitations to Grand Opening event
  • VIP invitations to other Old Monterey Foundation events

$10,000 – El Castillo Sponsor

Receives all of the above benefits plus…

• Introduction/Opportunity to Speak (2-3 mins) at Grand Opening event

With the help of donations and grants, Phase One of the project will give the Lower Presidio Historic Park the look and feel of an historic public park, including improved way-finding and identification entry signs to assist the public in accessing the site and highlighting several of the important historic periods at the Presidio; development of pathways, benches and interpretive signs and monuments on the site; replacement of the old cyclone perimeter fence with a wood-appearing historically accurate fence, minimal branch/tree removal where necessary to assure views of the Monterey Harbor and restore it to the way it was seen historically; and development of an ADA approved path leading to the Sloat Monument, the highest point of the site. Headless Padre Serra Old Monterey Foundation is now also seeking funds to restore the Father Serra statue that was recently vandalized.

So far, $365,000 has been raised of an anticipated $680,000 cost for Phase One, including $215,000 from Monterey’s Neighborhood Improvement Program, $50,000 from The Community Foundation for Monterey County for the Park’s new fence, and $20,000 from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation for a public relations fund and signs. The Monterey Regional Park District has donated $2,500, while the Monterey County Gives! Campaign contributed $4,000.  Most recently, the Rotary Club of Monterey has graciously adopted the Park improvements as its “legacy project” and has committed $50,000 to the final design, construction and installation of unique signs into and around the Park.

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Proposed entrance Sign at Artillery Gate
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All Signs

Old Monterey Foundation continues to work with many other stakeholder groups, including City of Monterey, Old Monterey Business Association, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, State of California and more. They look forward to collaborating with the public and other organizations locally and throughout the world.

Eric Palmer and Anne McGrath of the City of Monterey Outreach Office recently completed an informative short video about the Lower Presidio Historic Park and its significance to California and American history:  https://youtu.be/Lg7X0spnC4k

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OLD MONTEREY FOUNDATION Launches Walking Tours at Lower Presidio

Old Monterey Foundation has launched Monthly “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours” beginning Saturday, March 19, 2016 .

February 18, 2016, Monterey, CA.   LPHP_Logo_blueOld Monterey Foundation has teamed up with noted Monterey Bay historian and author, Tim Thomas, who will begin offering fascinating “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours” on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM – Noon.

The special Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking tour will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016:  “Lower Presidio Historic Park: Focus on Sebastian Vizcaino – Discovery of the Monterey Bay.”  Tours meet in front of the City of Monterey’s Presidio of Monterey Museum, 113 Corporal Ewing, Building #113. (From Monterey, take Pacific Street past the Monterey Conference Center and the First Theater to the end of Pacific where it forks, take the left fork;, turn left onto Artillery Road, turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum in the center of the Park against the hill; from Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey, turn right on Private Bolio Road, quickly turn left on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum.  http://www.monterey.org/museums/Home/Map-and-Directions?2)

Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.  The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years).  Group rates are also available.

About Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas, fourth-generation native of the Monterey area, is a popular speaker and lively tour guide. Tim Thomas photo2For 16 years, he was historian and curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum and has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is author of “The Abalone King of Monterey: ‘Pop’ Ernest Doelter,” “The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula” and co-author of “Monterey’s Waterfront.” Tim also conducts monthly “Wharf Walks” on Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf and offers Cannery Row walking tours, as well.

About the Lower Presidio Historic Park

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 and Department of the Army, 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 the project. 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 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.  Sierra:SloatSituated in a “hidden in plain sight” location, the park features spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Harbor and will become a jewel of the City of Monterey’s park system.

With the help of donations and grants, Phase One of the project will give the Lower Presidio Historic Park the look and feel of an historic public park, including improved way-finding and identification entry signs to assist the public in accessing the site and highlighting several of the important historic periods at the Presidio; development of pathways, benches and interpretive signs and monuments on the site; replacement of the old cyclone perimeter fence with a wood-appearing historically accurate fence, minimal branch/tree removal where necessary to assure views of the Monterey Harbor and restore it to the way it was seen historically; and development of an ADA approved path leading to the Sloat Monument, the highest point of the site.  Old Monterey Foundation is now also seeking funds to restore the Father Serra statue that was recently vandalized.

Eric Palmer and Anne McGrath of the City of Monterey Outreach Office recently completed an informative short video about the Lower Presidio Historic Park and its significance to California and American history:  https://youtu.be/Lg7X0spnC4k

Why is the Lower Presidio Historic Park considered by many professional historians as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast”?  There are many major historic highlights of this site that Tim Thomas will discuss in depth over the coming months which include:

·         Prehistoric archeological presence of indigenous tribes.

·         Spanish period that begins with the landing in 1602 of Sebastian Vizcaino, who discovered the Monterey Bay and named the land, “Monterey”, after the Viceroy of Mexico; followed by Father Junipero Serra and Gaspar de Portola in 1770; including the first El Castillo (Presidio) up through the Argentinian Hipolite Bouchard’s raid in 1818 when he attacked and sacked the City of Monterey, which is the only land and sea battle ever to occur on the West Coast of the United States.

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2015 in Review

 

As we look forward to 2016 and 2015 comes to a close, we would like to thank our friends and partners for helping the Old Monterey Foundation fulfill our mission to promote, support and enhance the artistic and cultural environment of historic downtown Monterey, California.

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Some highlights of the year:

 This year we embarked upon our most ambitious project yet: the implementation of the plan for Lower Presidio Historic Park. This project is best described as a public-private partnership with the City of Monterey, with OMF serving as a community-oriented tax-exempt entity to gather financial support to implement this very excellent plan which was adopted by the City in 2002, but has not been implemented as yet due to lack of municipal funding.

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OurIMG_1044s is a five-year commitment to raise the necessary funds and direct the construction of agreed improvements that will make Lower Presidio Historic Park a centerpiece of historic Old Monterey. What is largely an unknown public facility will be turned into what looks and feels like a park (Phase I) that welcomes the public, local and visitor alike. Pathways, interpretative signs, benches and tables, and an entrance that is easily located for even the most casual visitor. Later Phases will renovate some historic buildings located on site and develop interpretation of El Castillo and Fort Mervine. An amphitheater will be installed for concerts overlooking the Bay. This 25.3 acre site will become the jewel of Monterey, worthy of its description as the Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast.

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The spectacular view from Lower Presidio Historic Park

Starting from scratch, we have been successful in raising nearly one-half the funds necessary to build out Phase I in our first year. Against a total projected cost of $680,000, we have obtained commitments for over $320,000 by January 2016. Starting with a generous grant of $215,000 from Monterey’s Neighborhood Improvement Fund and Committee, we have received $50,000 from the Thomas Doud, Sr. and Anita M. Doud Fund I and the Engracia Irene Murray Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County; a $4,000 Opportunity Grant from Community Foundation for Monterey County$20,000 from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation that sponsors the AT&T Golf Tournament; $2,500 from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and other donations from numerous contributors.  Our progress and growing community enthusiasm is well reflected in this recent news article appearing in The Herald:

http://www.montereyherald.com/lifestyle/20160111/renovations-raise-awareness-for-lower-presidio-historic-park-in-monterey

Progress in development of the Park to date include completion of engineering plans and specifications for the Phase I improvements, and development of remarkable signs and monuments by our contractors Sandy Freeman and Kelly McCay.

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Proposed entrance Sign at Artillery Gate
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The Range of signs designed for Lower Presidio Historic Park

The package is about to be submitted to the Army and State, with an optimistic start of construction date in June 2016.

With ongoing support from the Marcia F. DeVoe Fund at Community Foundation for Monterey County, we continued our collaboration with the Monterey Museum of Art to present excellent speakers to augment the Museum’s special art exhibits. This year programs were presented by Robert Edwards and Julianne Burton-Carvajal, covering the iconic career of Pedro de Lemos and a third program by Scott Shields highlighting the art of Armin Hansen.

All programs were free to the public and were presented in the Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. These excellent programs were standing-room only and demonstrated a strong local interest in Monterey Art and History.  The Old Monterey Foundation is planning another lecture series in 2016, dates and subjects to be announced soon. Watch this website for announcements.

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Sneak a peek at the angels

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Here are the 20 angels painted by renowned local artists that will be auctioned at the “Save the Angels” fundraiser. Proceeds will go towards restoration of the original historic “Monterey Christmas Angels” painted in 1956 by Erica Franke.

The “Save the Angels” Auction & Reception will be held Saturday, December 5, 6–9 p.m. at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza.

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OUTRAGEOUS VANDALISM AT LOWER PRESIDIO HISTORIC PARK

During the night of October 14 -15, 2015, unknown criminals entered the fenced off Father Serra enclosure at the Lower Presidio Historic Park and removed the sculptured head of the Father Junipero Serra Statue.  Presumably a sledge hammer was employed to remove the head, which is  now missing after a search of the surrounding area.  Given the recent publicity for the canonization of Father Serra, this appears to have been a juvenile political statement from one or more persons against the sainthood.

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