The Salinas Rotary Club has a long standing tradition of major capital projects in Salinas. Our more recent projects include:
DOWNTOWN SALINAS PROJECT
The Salinas Rotary Club is committed to actively supporting the Downtown area. We partner with other agencies in the improvement and beautification of Downtown Salinas public space. We have committed $100,000 to a capital project, and are in the design phase.
PLAZA ROTARIO, COMPLETED 2011
La Plaza Rotario in Closter Park, an unprecedented effort of the 5 Rotary Clubs in Salinas – the Downtown Club, Northeast, Corral de Tierra, Alisal, and Steinbeck — sought to create a safe haven for families in the most densely populated area of Salinas, the Alisal. By bringing back families to the park, our goal was to drive out some of the more unsavory elements that had taken up residence in the Park, and we have been assured by local law enforcement that our commitment to the Park was successful.
This project encompassed three areas. First, installation of a fountain, pathways and benches at the far end of the park, referred to as La Placita. Second, renovation of a youth boxing and tutoring facility, including replacing windows, new flooring, paint, heating and computers and learning facilities. Third, the jewel of the project, a Kiosko or band shell complete with 100 foot plaza, planters, and lighting. The Kiosko and plaza is customarily the center of commercial and social activities in any Mexican town, and this has proved no exception. Since completion of construction, The Plaza is used for a farmers’ market Sunday mornings, and for community events, weddings, and quinceaneras.
The Salinas Rotary Club coordinated the fundraising of $700,000 from Rotary members, outside individuals and foundations. In 2012, the Project received Philanthropic Organization of the Year for Monterey County award
SALINAS HIGH SCHOOL MESSAGE BOARD, COMPLETED 2007
To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Rotary International, the Salinas High School message board was a joint project between Salinas Rotary Club, Salinas Union High School District, SH Booster Club and Associated Student Body. Designed to echo the historic Spanish-style high school, the board sits on the School’s front lawn in an area known as The Rotary Club of Salinas Centennial Plaza. The Salinas Rotary Club contributed $100,000 in cash and over $30,000 of member inkind services.
RODEO CONCESSION STAND, COMPLETED 2000
Looking for a brick and mortar project, the Salinas Rotary Club joined with the California Rodeo Association, who was designing a new softball complex at the Rodeo Grounds. With the idea that the fields project could be greatly enhanced by a concession and scoring stand, the Club committed to raising $100,000 over three years to fund the project. The fields are used for local and city recreational softball, and have resulted in an increased participation in their leagues of 25%.