December 15, 2014
MISSION FINISHES FIRST PHASE OF SERRA GATE RAMP PROJECT
Mission San Juan Capistrano held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 10 to unveil the completion of the Serra Gate ramp project.
New San Juan Capistrano Mayor Derek Reeves performed the ribbon-cutting honors, and other dignitaries were on hand as well, including Mission San Juan Capistrano Monsignor J. Michael McKiernan, Monsignor Arthur Holquin, Pastor & Rector Emeritus Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, and Mission San Juan Capistrano Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams.
Including Mayor Reeves, representing the city were new city council member and Mission docent Kerry Ferguson and city manager Karen Brust. Ferguson also presented a certificate on behalf of the city.
The project, which took about four weeks, included rehabilitating the walkway by removing stairs as part of its effort to be more accessible. A second phase of the project will commence next year. The original stairs, walkway and pergola construction dated to 1950.
Cost of the project was approximately $80,000 and was privately funded by donors.
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