The rose arbor that stood in Lacy Park since before anyone can remember has been dismantled and San Marino Director of Park and Public Works Dan Wall says he hopes its replacement will be installed “by the end of the summer.”
“There is no timetable, but that is our goal,” said Wall.
The former wooden structure, which had suffered substantial damage from weathering and dry rot, will be replaced by a concrete-lined and steel assembly that will be much more resistant to the elements.
Wall – who also serves as the city’s engineer – said his department is in the process of finalizing the conceptual design of the rose arbor with the assistance of the Lacy Park Landscape Committee, which includes City Council Member and Vice Mayor Dick Ward.
Wall said the price tag for the structure is approximately $400,000 and that Interim City Manager Cindy Collins has been asked by the city council to begin a fundraising campaign.
Former San Marino City Council Member and Mayor Dr. Matthew Lin and his wife, Joy, made an initial donation of $117,000 one year ago in memory of Dr. Lin’s parents, who spent their last days in Lacy Park and had an affinity for the rose arbor.