Funding secured for planned Loma Prieta Earthquake memorial at Marina Green

In light of the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake this year, Supervisor Mark Farrell has secured funding for a long-awaited quake memorial on Marina Green and is putting together a steering committee this month to see the project’s completion.

The Marina Earthquake Memorial will be installed at the site of the former U.S. Navy Marina degaussing station. The $500,000 project will be financed by The City’s public-art fund.

“Quite frankly, fundraising has been a challenge and over the course of the last year and a half that piece came together,” Farrell said. “So we’re able to move forward.”

The idea for the memorial started with neighbors who organized remembrance celebrations after the tremor, which destroyed homes and spread flames that the fireboat Phoenix off Marina Green helped extinguish.

In 2011, however, the Woodhouse Fish Co. was chosen to turn the old degaussing station into a restaurant. After many Marina residents opposed the idea, Farrell launched a campaign to halt the plan. Installing the memorial, he said, will be a much more community-involved process.

“This is simply a better use for the space and something that was born from the neighborhood and has an enormous amount of community support,” Farrell said.

Farrell’s office welcomes those interested in being part of the steering committee to reach out and plans to host a community meeting in April to present memorial concepts and gather feedback. He aims to have at least a groundbreaking ceremony ready for the quake’s quarter-century anniversary Oct. 17.

“With or without a memorial,” Farrell said, “there will be a celebration, and rightfully so.”

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