After decades of appeal, San Diego will get its AIDS Memorial.
On Monday community members and activists of the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force collected at St. Paul’s Episcopalian Cathedral in Bankers Hill to announce it will be accepting design submissions for the proposed memorial to be built at the new Olive Street Park in Bankers Hill.
Community members are eager for San Diego to have its own AIDS memorial like so many other cities throughout the country. This has been a 30-year effort which may finally break ground in as early as 2018.
City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez who is the founder of the AIDS Memorial project and has co-chaired two San Diego task forces (the first under Mayor Susan Golding) gives full credit to Mayor Kevin Faulconer , First Lady of San Diego Katherine Stuart Faulconer (co-chair of the current San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force), Assemblyman Todd Gloria and the entire members of the Memorial Task Force who have been working on this project for over two years.
About 60 members of the public attended the meeting on Monday, a majority of which were in support of the monument.
Some were in opposition not of the memorial itself, but rather where it would be placed. They thought Hillcrest was the most appropriate location, however, it has already been decided that it will go in Olive Street Park.
A spokesperson for the Bankers Hill Community Group spoke against the memorial being located in the Olive Street Park, while the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation, another Bankers Hill organization, gave their full support.
In an exclusive interview, AIDS Memorial project founder Nicole Murray-Ramirez stated to SDGLN, “We hope to break ground early in 2018 and a possible dedication in early 2020.”
Part of the recent sales of Truax House, a former AIDS hospice also founded by Murray-Ramirez will go to the building of the AIDS memorial with the site to be maintained by the City’s Park and Recreation Department.
Katherine Faulconer called upon all those interested in submitting memorial designs to do so at bit.ly/SDAIDSMemorial.
Statements from state assembly member Todd Gloria and City Councilman Chris Ward were read giving the full support of the San Diego AIDS Memorial to be built at the Olive Street Park.
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