Makeover due for Cambria's ‘front lawn’

Rotary Club puts up money; asking for further donations

ktanner@thetribunenews.comApril 11, 2013 

A major makeover is in the works at a key Cambria intersection, the corner of Cambria Drive at Main Street.

A strip of soil between Main Street and the parking lot at the Veterans Memorial Building will be recreated, by the area where community members gather weekly for the farmers market and annually for Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies, in addition to regular events including the Chili Cook-off & Car Show.

Leading the charge for the landscaping are the two Cambria Rotary clubs, helped along by a major donation by an area resident and business owner. The county is covering the cost of a sidewalk.

Randy and Nancy Flamm, owners of the Cambria Pub & Steakhouse in Cambria and the IQMS software firm in Paso Robles, have pledged $10,000, half of the $20,000 goal set by the Rotary Club of Cambria and Cambria Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club. Nearly $4,000 has been pledged by local Rotary club members and Rotary District 5240, and $3,000 has been pledged by others.

That leaves more than $3,000 to be raised in the near future, as the Rotary District grant requires project funds to be spent by June 30.

A block off Highway 1, the area is considered by many to be a community hub, and Cambria Drive is a primary gateway into town.

The hall and land are owned by the Cambria Community Services District.

The Cambria Rotary clubs are calling their project area the Rotary Peace Garden, in keeping with Rotary International’s theme of “Peace Through Service” for the current year.

Donations will help pay for a wood fence, benches, cobbled river rocks and plantings of drought-resistant native species. Landscape planning is being done by Shana McCormick of Great Gardens Landscape Design.

Stairs from the corner to the parking lot, considered briefly, were scrapped primarily due to safety concerns because of the corner’s steep terrain.

All donations are welcome, but gifts of $500 or more will be honored on a brass plaque similar to that by the Rotary town clock on the Cambria Historical Museum property at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street.

For details or to donate, call Greg Sanders, president of the Rotary Club of Cambria, at 927-4765, or Linda Finley, president of the Cambria Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club, at 927-1369, or email her at lindafinley580@gmail.com.

The county will be installing a sidewalk from the existing curb ramp at the Cambria Drive corner to the Memorial Building driveway and parking lot.

Those have been needed for a long time, according to county Supervisor Bruce Gibson, to meet access requirements for those with handicaps.

The approximately $30,000 sidewalk project is to be paid for out of the county’s Small Safety Betterments Fund, according to Glenn Marshall, transportation division manager, who said the installation is to include the sidewalk, curb, gutter, drainage improvements, relocated/upgraded bus stop and links to the Memorial Building driveway.

Marshall said the project should be ready to go out to bid by late April. The Rotary Foundation grant expires June 30.

Follow Kathe Tanner on Twitter at @CambriaReporter.

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