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Page 6 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, January 15, 1999 historv ment of the Casino Walkway and g downtown Avalon streetscape I would like to respond to awork that is currently underway. recent letter in The Catalina With regardto the Casino Islander regarding the"authentic- Walkway, it is true that the ity" as related to the refurbish- benches that are being construct- i!iiiiijiiiiiiii,ii!ii Catalina Flying Boats AIR FREIGHT SERVICE BETWEEN AVALON AND LONG BEACH AIRPORT ~1, Same Day Delivery to Avalon if Received by 10;30 A.M. (9:30 A.M. Saturday) Rates: 26 @ lb. ($13 (50lb.) minimum) includes Pick- up and Delivery Service in Avalon CATALI OFFICE Mon.-Fri 9 A.M.-4 P.M. Mon.-Fri 7 A.M.-5 P.M. (310) 510-1403 (Freight received 'till 4:30 P.M.) FAX (310) 510-1490 Sat. 7 A.M.-12 NOON 1-800-834-3254 (562) 595-5026 FAX, (562) 490-0777 ed on the inside of the walkway were not originally in this loca- tion. The previous seating along the walkway was constructed on the ocean side of the walkway and was therefore subject to storm and wave damage. This is the reason this seating usually didn't last. To restore seating in this outside location would have been extremely expensive due to the structural piers and reinforc- ing that would have been required, and could not have been built with the funds allocated for this project. To build the new benches on the inside of the walkway was far less expensive. We felt that if the benches were built in the style of the original Serpentine walls, the spirit of Otis Shepard's vision for Avalon would be carried on. To further this concept, the columns on the sides of each bench will have a small recessed light illu- minating the walkway, creating a 1990s adaptation of the romantic lighting that the walkway is known for. The Wrigley Fountain tile work on the interior pedestal and water basin is original and was preserved intact in the current restoration. The outside tile sur- faces were mostly non-original replacement tiles and many tiles were decomposing. In addition, the top surface of the fountain wall had the original top brick cap removed and the short picket fence added over the years. To restore the foufitain, we studied original photographs from the 1930s and added a new "skin" to outside wall to hold the new restoration tiles. Also, the origi- nal brick cap and brick step at the base of the fountain is now very close in appearance to its original 1930s design and is much more authentic than it was before the work was begun earlier this year. The pedestrian mall extensions on Sumner and Catalina avenues also are not "restorations" in the strict sense, since they were not part of Otis Shepard's original Crescent Avenue pedestrian mall. Again, we tried to design these improvements to be in the spirit of Shepard's work. Some of the tiles in the accent wall outside of Lloyd's of Avalon on Sumner Avenue are original Catalina tiles that had been saved by the muse- um after Avalon demolition pro- jects. The project tile artist care- fully removed the concrete back- ing and re-fired a number of the salvaged tiles to incorporate into the new accent walls along with the new tiles. Along the same lines of blending the original with the new, beach stones from Peb- Natural Remedies Colds Flu Herbal tincture~, capsules & teas Children's formulas Natural Diet & Energy Products BAY OF THE SEVEN MOONS the Metropole Marketplace Open Daily Letters to the Editor policy All letters must include name, address and phone number for verification purposes. Letters which do not include the above information will not be considered for publication. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published. Anonymous letters will not be accepted, although names may be with held from publication. Send no copies please, iette~-should be the exclusive property of The Islander. We reserve the right to edit letters for space, grammar and legal requirements. Send letters to: The Catalina Islander, EO. Box 428, Avalon Ca, 90704 or fax, 510-2882. bly Beach were gathered by the This letter would not have landscape contractor and incorpo- been necessary if the student had rated along with Mexican beach done her homework regarding pebbles into the stone accent this park. A phone call to Com- bands in paved areas, munity Services would have Likewise in the Crescent/ cleared the air. Metropole intersection, our In defense of the hard diligent approach has been to preserve work recently performed by Pub- what is salvageable and re- lic Works and the community in storable and design new features that area, I would like to set the (such as benches, walls and record straight and inform the paving) that are in k.eeping with public. the original P.K. Wrigley/Otis The skate park is not 10 feet Shepard designs. Only two origi- by 50 feet. It is 25 feet by 175- nal raised planters will be feet. The hockey rink is not used removed. One (in front of the cart once a week, nor is it a waste of rental booth location on space. Metropole) was removed in order The rink is used at least five to to improve pedestrian circulation seven times a week including at the request of the City Council. personal instruction of in-line The second, outside Catalina roller hockey for locals three to Kids on Crescent Avenue, was five times a week. damaged beyond repair by the As far as nothing being done roots of a large Canary Island to support locals in the backing of Palm tree. (The tree has been their beloved sport, had I saved and relocated to the Cres- cent/Pebbly Beach Road intersec- received a call I would have tion). In both cases, the Catalina informed the caller that Commu- tiles have been removed from the nity Services is currently re- planters and saved for re-use in searching the expansion of the other portioasofdowatown skate park, possibly extending it I understand and respect those by 20 to 25 feet in width. In addition, that "waste of a who are sensitive toward preserv- ing the history of Avalon and hope that this explanation of some of the project background and design constraints will help to clarify any questions that may arise. Bob Borthwick Borthwick.GuyoThibault, Inc. Skate free Recently a local student com- plained about the inadequacies of the local skate park. hockey rink" has been and con- tinues to generate revenue, monies that we plan to share in the assistance of upgrading the skate park. Hopefully the skaters will see some of this action beginning this month. Remember, it's best to do your homework before you sound off. I invite any of the skaters to call me at 510-1987 for com- ments or questions. Eddy Sandoval Avalon Sports Coordinator s~, ' ~'~.{'~, " - ~ :~" EMILY VANESSA GAUDI Emily Vanessa Gaudi was Emily weighed six pounds, born at 7:14 a.m. on Jan. 2 at 11 ounces and was 21 inches Long Beach Memorial Hospi- long. She joins her two sisters, tal. Her parents are Nancy and 12-year-old Vashti and nine- Kirk Gaudi of Avalon. year-old Elyse.