Mammoth Lakes, CA – After three years of meticulous planning, indomitable fundraising and generous contributions from the entire community, the Mammoth Gateway Project is now complete and has been awarded the 2013 “Putnam Award for Excellence” from the League of California Cities.

“The Mammoth Gateway Community Project illustrates how cooperation between local, state and federal agencies as well as business and community volunteers can help make a lasting first impression for visitors in a town where the local economy is highly dependent on tourism,” stated Elizabeth Tenney, Planning and Economic Development Commissioner.

A representative from The League of California Cities will personally present the award to the Mammoth Lakes Town Council and the project partners on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Suite Z (Minaret Village Mall), 437 Old Mammoth Road.

This prestigious award was established in 1982 by the League of California Cities to recognize outstanding achievements made by cities that uniquely contribute to community residents and businesses.

The purpose of the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence is to promote the outstanding efforts and innovative solutions by city governments to:

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Improve the quality of life in local communities

Implement efficiencies in service delivery and operations

Provide services responsive to the local community


Contact: Stuart Brown, Recreation Manager & Public Information Officer – (760) 934-8989 ext. 210

“The Town’s award, in the category of City-Business Relations, highlights the unique cooperation between the public and private sectors to construct an iconic symbol representative of the rugged character of the region and resilience of the community,” stated Jessica Morriss, Transportation Planner for the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Spearheaded by long-time local and Planning and Economic Development Commissioner, Elizabeth Tenney, The League’s award recognizes the collaborative partnership required to make the Gateway Project a reality. The Town would like to recognize the following local, state, and federal agencies, as well as volunteers and private sector donors, including: Inyo National Forest – Mammoth-Mono Ranger District, County of Mono, Mammoth Lakes Town Council, Town of Mammoth Lakes Public Art Fund, WalkerOne Creative Workshop, Woodward Architecture, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, The Chadmar Group/Snowcreek Resort, Mammoth Community Water District, Mono County Superior Court, Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Mammoth Lakes Tourism and the many other donors (large and small) who contributed money and expertise.

The Gateway monuments, which were completed in the Spring of 2013 after almost three years of planning, design, and construction, have become a source of pride for the community and clearly demonstrates that Mammoth Lakes is still moving forward. Designed and built to last a hundred years or more, the Gateway to Mammoth Lakes became a popular visitor photo opportunity even before it was finished.

The Gateway’s north side on US Forest Service land, with the cooperation of Jon Regelbrugge, District Ranger, Inyo National Forest, has been landscaped with native plant seed and boulders. An abstract graphic of mountain slopes in raw steel was fabricated at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and installed on the west side of the north monument. The graphic complements the John Muir quote departure message “Going to the mountains is going home. See you again soon.” on the south monument.

Around the south monument, plant varieties in the drought-tolerant demonstration garden have been labeled for ready reference by homeowners, condo managers and landscapers. The Gateway demonstration garden was commissioned by Mammoth Community Water District and designed and installed by Bob Weiland, Weiland & Associates, Inc. Mono County Superior Court is supplying the water from the Court’s dedicated irrigation meter.

Additional information regarding this prestigious award by the League of California Cities can be viewed online at: Awards.aspx, or by contacting Jessica Morriss, Transportation Planner for the Town of Mammoth Lakes at (760) 934-8989 ext. 225.

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