The approximate 80-foot-by-20-foot area features four benches, a retaining wall and railings, new landscaping and speakers so visitors can listen to the control tower in action.
The project, which cost more than $100,000 and required hundreds of hours of volunteer work, was undertaken by Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak and Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo, as well as local businesses. A Rotary Club emblem decorates the site.
Souza Construction acted as general contractor on the project, contributing a majority of its labor and materials at discounted rates or no cost, according to the Rotary clubs.
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Michael Ronay, 15, a sophomore at Mission Prep High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 6, designed a speaker system for the platform that will broadcast radio transmissions between the control tower and airplanes as they land, taxi and take off. Alpha Electrical Service, an electrical contractor based in San Luis Obispo, worked with him to build the system.
“It was remarkable to see the level of generous support that came together for this project,” said Dave Juhnke, president of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.