April 01, 2005

Local Citizen Group To Build Community Entrance Gateway

After five years of fundrais-ing and three years of intense planning, the Euclid Revitalization Action Program (RAP) Committee announces the ground-breaking for the Euclid Avenue Gateway project. The event will take place at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Home Avenue, at 10:00 in the morning, Saturday April 9.

The project re-designs the Euclid/Home intersection; improves traffic signals; installs audible pedestrian signals; adds pedestrian safety features; installs 1,500 feet of sidewalks, curbs, and gutters; and plants 55 trees along Euclid Avenue, north of Home Avenue. At the intersection itself, the project also creates a serene landscaped community entrance with shrubs, ground-cover, boulders, and meandering footpaths to complement new sidewalks. Mr. Bill Tall of the nearby City Farmers Nursery volunteered to maintain and provide water for the street trees and landscaping, as a demonstration project in the proper care of landscapes near a heavily travelled street. The project will cost about $835,000.

For six decades, Euclid Avenue defied every effort by the City to improve it. In 1999 and 2000, a group of neighbors on and adjacent to Euclid Avenue, working with the City Planning staff and Traffic Engineers, accepted the task to re-vision Euclid Avenue and put that new vision into action. The Euclid Avenue Revitalization Action Program (Euclid RAP) was the result.

The Euclid RAP Committee is the winner of the 2001 American Society of Landscape Architects (San Diego Chapter) Award for design of this Euclid Avenue Gateway project. The Euclid Avenue Revitalization Action Program (RAP), the community’s vision for the future of Euclid Avenue, is itself the winner of the 2002 American Planning Association (San Diego Chapter) Award. It was the Chapter nominee to the APA’s California Chapter competition that same year, where it received Honorable Mention. The Committee is the also 2005 winner of a WalkSan Diego Golden Footprints Award for sustained excellence in support of pedestrians and non-motorized users of Euclid Avenue’s right-of-way.

The Euclid RAP Committee has also coordinated a “Safe Routes to School” street improvement project in the vicinity of the Euclid Elementary School. A second “Safe Routes to School” project, is in design for the Rosa Parks Elementary School.

The Committee leadership includes Juliana Maxim and Jill Van Cleve from the Fox Canyon neighborhood; Guy Mock and Theresa Quiroz from the Ridgeview neighborhood; Jessie & Bob Sergent and Patty Vaccariello of the Islenair neighborhood; Bobbi McManus and Kevin Hauck from the Fairmount Village neighborhood; and chairman Jim Varnadore.

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