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Libbey Park Bowl Goal Reached

By Anna Cho

In one of the most ambitious community fund-raising efforts in Ojai history, the Save Libbey Bowl community campaign announced Thursday that it has reached its goal of $3 million toward reconstruction of the historic amphitheater thanks to help from the Cromer family.
Successful completion of the community campaign means that Phase I of the Bowl Project can now start on time at the end of June. Construction has been planned in phases, with this first phase including re-orienting and building the basic shell, re-grading the seating area and installing new seating, creating a new entrance with the Trimpin public art piece, and planting of more than 20 new trees and hundreds of native plants.
“This has been one of the most gratifying community projects I’ve been privileged to participate in,” said Alan Rains, chairman of the campaign. “More than 600 households, businesses, service clubs and nonprofit organizations have contributed gifts ranging from less than a dollar to six figures. Indeed, this bowl has been built by the community.”
The intense grass-roots campaign involved some 150 volunteers and included such activities as neighborhood parties, Bakers for the Bowl, Bucks for the Bowl, and a day-long aerobics marathon. A community-wide “demolition party” is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, to celebrate the success of the campaign and to thank donors and volunteers.
Jeff Haydon, who has coordinated planning among the three main funding sources — the city of Ojai, the Ojai Music

In one of the most ambitious community fund-raising efforts in Ojai history, the Save Libbey Bowl community campaign announced Thursday that it has reached its goal of $3 million toward reconstruction of the historic amphitheater thanks to help from the Cromer family. Successful completion of the community campaign means that Phase I of the Bowl Project can now start on time at the end of June. Construction has been planned in phases, with this first phase including re-orienting and building the basic shell, re-grading the

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