Rendering by Larry Walker/Bruce Woodward
By Elizabeth Tenney
Join me in helping to create a memorable and permanent entrance gateway for Mammoth Lakes.
More than a sign, more than a new front door, we’re building a truly worthy entrance for Mammoth, the portal to an unparalleled natural treasure — the most accessible high country in the Eastern Sierra. The Gateway will announce to visitors we’re investing in our future up here.
The Neighborhood District Planning effort, which shows where we as a community want to go, is complete. Our Zoning Code has been updated to match the new General Plan. Paint and polish are happening all over town. New wayfinding and messaging signage is in the works, and the volunteer/private/public partnership that is the Mammoth Gateway Community Project kicked off its fundraising campaign Sept. 1. Mammoth is moving forward.
The Gateway Project’s success depends on in-kind support and private funding through tax-deductible donations. While most support for the Gateway Project is in-kind (labor, heavy equipment, metal fabrication, etc), funds must be raised by March 31, 2012 to cover the cost of building materials including the quarried granite, cement block, concrete and lumber as well as some necessary specialized labor.
Gateway fundraising events are planned for this fall and winter. Other ways to donate are:
During fundraising and construction, the Mammoth Gateway Community Project’s sponsor is Mammoth Community Foundation, the 501(c)3 non-profit arm of Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Checks for tax-deductible donations may be written to “Mammoth Community Foundation” with “Gateway” on the memo line. Send to: Elizabeth Tenney, Gateway Project organizer, P.O. Box 2428, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.
“Band of bronze” plaques
An important design element wrapping the bottom of the sign will be a grid of permanent cast bronze legacy plaques naming major donors.
Personal Pavers Pathway
The path to the Gateway’s south monument will be paved with laser-engraved 4×8-inch brick pavers. Available for $175 each installed, pavers can recognize local businesses, sports teams, service clubs, special achievements, longtime residents, or second homeowners. Pavers may also be inscribed in memory of family members, friends or beloved pets. See www.mammothgateway.org for details.
Host a “Gateway Dinner”
Hosting dinners for friends is a fun way to contribute. Each guest’s “check” (minimum: $50/person) will be a tax-deductible donation to Mammoth Community Foundation for the Gateway Project.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Tenney at firstname.lastname@example.org.