Ramona Home Journal - October 17, 2019 Many communities throughout San Diego County feature big, beautiful archways to give
Ramona Home Journal – October 17, 2019
Many communities throughout San Diego County feature big, beautiful archways to give visitors a sense of orientation. They are also a source of hometown pride for residents.
Those who live in Ramona have probably faced the question, “Where is Ramona?” more than once — but through the efforts of the Ramona Archway Association, that shouldn’t be a problem much longer.
The 501(c)(3) organization is spearheaded by local businesspeople and community leaders eager to put Ramona on the map. They have already developed a design for a 38-foot-tall archway that will sit over the south side of 10th Street at the intersection of Highway 78.
Along with the town name and founding year, the arch will feature intricate designs by artist Leslie Souza illustrating local history, industries and thematic elements, such as horses, vineyards and sweeping hills, to name a few.
Souza also designed the artwork for the “Welcome to Ramona” sign at Highway 67 and Highland Valley Road.
The association plans to host a fundraising event on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 31, in which to present their plans to the community. There will be music and games, and food trucks will be on hand, as those who attend may be hungry after an afternoon of trick-or-treating.
For updates on the event, which will be held at the proposed archway site, search “Ramona Archway Association” on Facebook.
“We want to bring everyone into the fold about what is going on,” says association President Jim Piva, who is excited to share design plans with residents.
The archway will cost around $125,000, and while donations have started to come in, organizers will need more help to get the project complete by their late 2020 goal.
Donations are tax-deductible, and may be made either at the event or at ramonaarchway.com.
Association Vice President Stephanie Norvell says that donations of any amount are welcome — it will all help bring this idea to life.
The association members hope that their efforts will help promote the businesses and events of Ramona, and give visitors a distinct sense of all it has to offer.
“By the time we’re done, everyone will know they’re in Ramona,” says Piva.
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