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Libbey Bowl History Preserved

By Logan Hall

Another milestone has been reached this week in the Libbey Bowl saga. One of the final remaining pieces of the original bowl was removed by city workers from the site on Wednesday. The “1954 rock” that was imbedded in the center of the stage at the bowl was carefully taken out by Public Works employees Ruben Martinez and Scott Davis and will be preserved for future generations to get a glimpse of the bowl’s history.
The rock that was removed was part of the original construction of the bowl when it was built in 1954. Although an insignificant part of the overall construction project, the “1954 rock” symbolizes the history of Libbey Bowl and holds special meaning to some locals.
Martinez, Ojai Public Works supervisor, has lived in Ojai his whole life and has been involved with the bowl many times over the years. Martinez is responsible for overseeing the Public Works employees in their day-to-day operations in Ojai and was working at the bowl to salvage some of the old fixtures and materials when he realized that no one had considered the “1954 rock” in the center of the stage wall.
“I brought it up at one of our meetings,” said Martinez. “A lot of people didn’t even know that rock was there.”
Although he is proud to be involved, and looks forward to having the new bowl completed, Martinez seems to have some mixed emotions about the demolition of the old bowl. “It’s hard to see it go,” he said as he looked up at the stage. “It’s kind of sad, but it’s really exciting seeing this thing move forward.”
“We’ve maintained it over the years,” added Davis. “It’s great for us to see this happening, but we won’t forget the old bowl.”
Aside from taking out plumbing and electrical fixtures to be reused around Ojai, the city is also using the wood from the old benches at the bowl, to help refurbish picnic tables and bleachers in the parks in Ojai. “We’re trying to reuse as much material as we can,” said Mike Culver, Ojai Public Works director. “Rather than have it all go to the dump, we can salvage some things and use them in the future.”
After the city removes any significant material

Another milestone has been reached this week in the Libbey Bowl saga. One of the final remaining pieces of the original bowl was removed by city workers from the site on Wednesday. The “1954 rock” that was imbedded in the center of the stage at the bowl was carefully taken out by Public Works employees Ruben Martinez and Scott Davis and will be preserved for future generations to get a glimpse of the bowl’s history. The rock that was removed was part of the original construction of the bowl when it was built in 1954.

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