The plan is to build a redwood timber replica of the city's original namesake gates and finish it to keep the wood from oxidizing, Mr. Clendenin said, and the gates will come with suggested landscaping designs and a plaque displaying donor names, he said.
Two Irish immigrants, brothers-in-law Dennis Oliver and Daniel McGlynn, erected the original gates around 1855 at the entrance of their 1,700-acre ranch, where today sits the intersection of Ravenswood Avenue and El Camino Real. It's speculated that they drew inspiration from the gates of the 16th century "Menlo Castle" in Galway, Ireland, near the village of Menlough. In 1922, a speeding car destroyed Menlo Park's gates.
The historical association has so far raised about $40,000 of the $85,000 in anticipated costs to build the gates. Recently, Galway, Ireland, Menlo Park's sister city, committed $500 to support the construction of the gates.
The historical association is working with the city of Menlo Park to determine a site and acquire a building permit, according to Mr. Clendenin. The association planned to formally submit the plans to the city manager when City Hall opened for business in the new year, he said.
The new gates were slated to go along Ravenswood Avenue between the library and the Barron-Latham-Hopkins gatehouse. But the plans were put on hold after John Arrillaga offered to help fund a new main library at a site somewhere on the city's Civic Center campus.
Another concern is how the site might be affected if the city decides to build a grade separation to lower Ravenswood Avenue beneath the Caltrain line.
But since the gates will be designed to be movable, and both the library and grade separation are likely years away from construction, Mr. Clendenin said, the association has received support from Mayor Peter Ohtaki to move forward with the project and relocate them if needed. He said he hopes to begin installing the gates in late spring or early summer.
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