Sculpture of City Founder to be Placed at Temple City Park

City plans to solicit donations to help minimize costs.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published December 10, 2010

A home has now been found for a sculpture honoring the City’s founder.

The City Council on Tuesday decided to place the bust of Walter P. Temple, as soon as it is finished, at the southeast corner of Temple City Park.

City officials debated four possible locations during the April 6, 2010 city council meeting.

Robert Hepler, a local resident who spearheaded the project, recommended three sites. City staff recommended a fourth location that would place the bust near City Hall.

One site, the first option, would place the bust at the southwest corner of Temple City Park. The two remaining sites, locations two and three, would both place the bust at the southeast corner of the park.

While the City Council voted to place the Temple bust at location two, the bust could still be moved if city staff cannot find funding to improve the area around the bust.

If that happens, then the bust will be moved to location one, the southwest corner of Temple City Park.

Meanwhile, city staff will soon solicit donations from Temple City residents and businesses to help minimize the costs for the Temple bust, Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs said.

According to Burroughs, Southern California Edison, the electricity provider for Temple City, is interested in making a contribution.

The bust is expected to be fully completed in June, but a plaster of the bust will be unveiled when the City celebrates its 50th anniversary celebration in May.

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