City Moves on Design for Permanent Location for Temple Bust

The bust will be incorporated with re-designed planter at Temple City Park.

Written by TAYLOR EVANKO / Published June 10, 2011 

The City Council on Tuesday considered several planter designs that incorporate the bust of Walter P. Temple, the City’s founder.

Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs presented drawings by Hirsch and Associates, Inc., and Robert Hepler, a local resident who spearheaded the project, during the July 20, 2010 city council meeting.

Most council members preferred a drawing by Hirsch and Associates.

After agreeing to use river rock to construct the planter, the City Council asked the parks and recreation director to go back to Hirsch and Associates for another draft of their second design. The City Council came to the consensus of adopting some of Hepler’s drawing into a final design of the planter.

In April, the City Council selected the southeast corner of Temple City Park, facing Las Tunas Drive and Golden West Avenue, as the permanent site for the Temple bust.

Their decision drew concerns from Temple’s granddaughter Josette Temple. She preferred that the bust remain inside of City Hall due to fears of vandalism.

Councilman Vincent Yu suggested “protective planting” to minimize the chances of vandalism.

The City Council also discussed the added costs of incorporating the bust with the planter.

According to Burroughs, $3400 was donated for the bust. None of the donations were used to pay for the bust, however, because the City used funds from the City Manager’s budget.

She also stated that city estimates of the project run from $12,000 to $20,000.

No decision over how to pay for the bust was reached Tuesday evening.

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