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COTTAGE KITCHEN FRIDAY LUNCHEONS RETURN
BRICK SALE PROJECT
GAZEBO RIBBON CUTTING
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One of the most scenic, historic and popular parks in San Marcos, Juan Veramendi Plaza is known for its iconic gazebo, the Charles S. Cock House Museum, the Merriman Cabin, the Dr. Gwen K. Smith Fountain, and the tree-lined pathway to the Riverwalk.
Those who have enjoyed the park through the years can now claim and personalize their own small piece of the Fountain Plaza area by purchasing an engraved brick. Proceeds will be used to fund improvements to Veramendi Plaza Park, including repairs to the iconic gazebo.
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Burleson Homestead Project - Local DRT Chapter Needs Your Help!
The Moon-McGehee Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas would like to demonstrate public support for the historical significance of the Gen. Edward Burleson homestead, currently owned by Texas State University and located on the former site of Aquarena Springs Resort. The DRT wants to help ensure that all assets on the hillside property are preserved for future students of Texas history. Members of the Heritage Association can join in this effort by entering comments and expressions of support on the "You Can Help" page of their website. The form is easy to complete--just enter your name, email and comments and hit Submit! If you have any questions, contact Phyllis Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Few structures are as closely linked with the city of San Marcos as the picturesque gazebo in Juan Veramendi Plaza Park. Along with Old Main, the Texas flag and the San Marcos River, the gazebo is featured on the city seal. Many local residents in the past 30-plus years have used the gazebo as the setting for graduation photos, weddings, receptions and other special events.
In recent months, however, the gazebo has been in sore need of repair, with rotted wood, missing rail posts and chipped and peeling paint.
Pictured left to right: (front row) Shelley Henry, Beverley Owen, Bettye Nagy, Martha Jackson, Carmen Imel, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Jane Hughson, Jean Mooney, Phyllis Klein, Anne Destefano; (second row) Jerry Sebek, Rodney Cobb, Marianne Moore, William Ford. Photo: Don Anders.
To help give the Gazebo the facelift it needed, the Heritage Association donated $30,000 to the City of San Marcos, and pledged an additional $5,000 to help fund repairs to the structure through a future brick sale project. The gift will cover as much as half of the total cost of the work, which the Parks and Recreation Department began in July.
“The City of San Marcos is very grateful for such a generous donation from the Heritage Association to help us preserve one of our treasured historic sites at Juan Veramendi Plaza,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “We appreciate their commitment to our heritage and their contributions to restoring the Gazebo, an icon of our community.”
Officials estimate that the work will take about ten weeks to complete. The design of the structure will not be significantly altered, but repairs to the base of the gazebo will make it more accessible to all park visitors. When repairs are completed, the gazebo will continue to be available to rent by the day for weddings, receptions and other events.
William Ford, Assistant Director of Community Services, said the Parks and Recreation Department will also make repairs to the exterior of the Merriman Cabin Museum, located in Veramendi Plaza. Parks & Recreation staff are also doing some exterior work and applying fresh paint to another iconic feature of the plaza park, the Charles S. Cock House Museum.
“We appreciate our continued partnership with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department staff to keep the Charles S. Cock House, the Merriman Cabin, and the Veramendi Park well-maintained for our residents and visitors,” said Jane Hughson, Association president.
The Heritage Association’s gift toward the gazebo is one of several donations the group has made to support preservation projects in Veramendi Park.
The new Gwen Smith fountain and the rock wall surrounding it were designed and funded by the Association thanks to a gracious gift by Dr. Smith through her will. Last year, members of the association purchased 10 metal benches that were distributed throughout Veramendi Park at a total cost of $13,000.
“We are pleased to be able to continue the Association’s legacy of support for the preservation of local landmarks such as the gazebo,” Hughson said. “Those who have eaten lunch at the Cottage Kitchen or bought a ticket to the Home Tour in the last few years have helped us raise the funds that make contributions like this one possible.”