Temple City Throws Its Support Behind Anniversary Celebration

So far, six thousand dollars have been donated for the upcoming festivities: Burroughs.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published December 3, 2010

Temple City residents are warmly embracing the upcoming anniversary celebration.

On Thursday, Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs announced that two donations have been made so far. The donations total six thousand dollars.

“We are very excited to report that two donations have already been received, totaling $6000,” Burroughs wrote in the March 25, 2010 city manager’s report.

According to Burroughs, the donors will be acknowledged on the city’s website.

“All sponsors will be listed on the 50th anniversary webpage,” she said.

In addition to receiving the donations, Burroughs noted that city staff had recently met with Robert Hepler, a local resident, to discuss locations to place the bust of Walter P. Temple.

Earlier this month, the City Council authorized the creation of a bust for the city’s founder.

Hepler recommended three locations; all of which would have the bust placed at Temple City Park.

One location would have the bust at the southwest corner of the park, by Las Tunas Drive and Kauffman Avenue. The remaining two locations would have the busts at the southeast corner of the park, by Las Tunas Drive and Golden West Avenue, Burroughs said.

City staff is also recommending placing the bust within or near City Hall.

“Although this location may not have the highest amount of foot traffic, it would provide greater security against vandalism and damage,” Burroughs stated.

The mini-sculpture of Walter P. Temple will cost around $9500, city staff previously reported.

Incorporated in 1960, Temple City turns 50 in May. For now, the City has designated two days for celebrating the event, May 21 and May 22.

Last year, the City Council declared “Celebrating 50 Years as a Community” as the official slogan.

Meanwhile, a community book drive, “50 Books for 50 Years” is currently being promoted. Launched in January, the campaign has already collected over 50 books but is still hoping Temple City residents will continue to be involved.

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