Huge crowd at Centennial Plaza dedication

{gallery}/02_15_11/centennial{/gallery}  February 12,2011 was as perfect a day as one could find in Eagle Point, Oregon. With the sun making the official temperature 68 degrees, community members  were lined three and four deep down both the Royal and Main Street sides of Centennial Plaza..They gathered to be part of history as Eagle Point began a year-long  celebration of its 100th year. And to mark the beginning of that celebration, people were gathered to be part of the dedication of Centennial Plaza and to be in the group that first officially  set foot on it.

The City of Eagle Point purchased the corner lot in July 2009. It that had been an ugly mudhole for several years. Prior to that it was a service station and a century ago cattle were brought to that corner to be branded.

John Galbraith & Associates, from Medford,  was selected to be the architect. He worked closely with the Eagle Point Economic Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission, listening to their ideas and bringing them back conceptual designs until those commissions had a design they wanted the city council to approve. That design was approved and in November 2010, E-Z Landscaping Contractors, of Eagle Point, was awarded the bid for $253,000.

“They hit the Plaza with everything they had,” said Mayor Bob Russell as master of ceremonies at the dedication. “The crew worked its tails off. They were there virtually everyday, often in rain and wind. The only day they didn’t work was Sunday.”

The Plaza was finished down to the last petunia for its official opening.

The list of those involved in the construction of the project numbered 17, according to Mayor Russell.

Special thanks went to Gary Shipley, of the Eagle Point Public Works Department, for overseeing many of the details involved getting the benches, fountain, checkerboard table, flowers, shrubs and so on in place.

Many others were noted including Ron Grensky, owner of the 1911 Nichols building that is the back wall of the Plaza. The city staff, in particular Robert Miller, head of public works, and City Administration Dave Hussell, were acknowledged. 

Following the official unveiling of the name and ribbon cutting, most walked to the Ashpole Center at the Eagle Point City Hall to see displays of Eagle Point’s history.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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