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Community Meeting at Mitchell Park
October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Neighborhood Workshop – Mitchell Park Senior Center
Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 7 pm
About the Project
The monument will center on a seated Roosevelt, attired as he was one week after his speech in San Luis Obispo when he shared a three-day camping trip in Yosemite with John Muir. Roosevelt will be revealed as the charismatic naturalist that he was, within a setting of boulders and trees that invites residents and tourists to join Roosevelt in a “campfire conversation.”
On Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm, ARTS Obispo will provide the first opportunity for neighbors in Mitchell Park to review and comment on our proposed Theodore Roosevelt Monument. Come to the Senior Center in Mitchell Park and meet the team who is working to bring this important work of art to San Luis Obispo!
The Theodore Roosevelt Monument-San Luis Obispo will honor our 26th President, considered a founding father of the American conservation movement. In 1903, Roosevelt spoke in San Luis Obispo at about the halfway point on a famous tour of the West. Roosevelt’s journey through the Central Coast, the Sierra Nevada, and California would result in the creation of Los Padres National Forest and Yosemite National Park.
To date, there is no site in all of California that honors the role of Theodore Roosevelt in protecting our nation’s natural resources. San Luis Obispo, with its strong tradition of conservation, is the ideal place for this commemoration. Join us in creating a monument that will allow residents and visitors, adults and children to interact with this President and be inspired by his character and ideals.
Why Mitchell Park?
On May 9, 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt spoke before a crowd estimated to number 10,000 at the present site of Mitchell Park. Roosevelt was not the first President to visit San Luis Obispo – that was William McKinley, his predecessor, in 1901.
Apart from these visits, however, NO OTHER U.S. PRESIDENT HAS VISITED SAN LUIS OBISPO! Much has changed in San Luis Obispo since 1903 – but much of our rural character and open space remains.
This proposed monument will help residents and visitors alike to reflect on the legacy of conservation that motivates us, even today, to protect our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.