Community Enhancement Project

Unveiling of New Entrance at LaVerne Way and Camino Real

*NEWS RELEASE*

INDIAN CANYONS NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION UNVEILS NEWLY LANDSCAPED NEIGHBORHOOD ENTRANCE

Funds for the improvement project were raised through Modernism Week Home Tours

 

November 16, 2016, Palm Springs, CA: Joined by representatives of the City of Palm Springs and Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (”ONE-PS”), Indian Canyons Neighborhood Organization (ICNO) celebrated the official opening of its newly landscaped entrance on November 14. Famous for its collection of classic mid-century homes, the neighborhood now has a beautiful new front door worthy of the famous “pink door” and other iconic doors gracing its many stunning examples of an architectural style known as Palm Springs Modern.

Located at the corner of Camino Real and LaVerne Way in Palm Springs, this project was fully funded by proceeds ICNO raised by hosting its popular home tours during Modernism Week in 2015 and 2016. ICNO revitalized the main entrance to the community, transforming it from a neglected and overgrown parcel, to a location that features drought-tolerant plants, desert landscaping and an illuminated entrance sign.

On hand from the City were Mayor Robert Moon, who spoke briefly about the importance of community involvement, Denise Goolsby, the new Manager of the Office of Neighborhoods, and Flinn Fagg, Director of Planning Services. Chairperson Lisa Middleton, Vice Chairpersons Thom Bettinger and Philip Strout and Communications Committee co-Chairperson Eric Chiel represented ONE-PS.

ICNO Chairperson Bruce Moccia introduced the people who were instrumental in bringing the project to fruition: David Ross Pittman, the landscape architect, who created the design plan and donated his time and services; Nate Otto, the President of Hot Purple Energy, which donated the solar lighting that illuminates the new entrance at night; Susan Cureton-Hill, ICNO’s Modernism Committee Chairperson who coordinates the tours that raise the money that funded the project; David Freedman, ICNO’s Vice Chairperson who also serves on the Modernism Committee, and Larry Da Silva, ICNO’s former Chairperson, who initiated the Modernism Week tours in the neighborhood.

 

About Indian Canyons Neighborhood Organization

Formed in 2009 and incorporated in 2016 as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, Indian Canyons Neighborhood Organization (ICNO) represents the residents of the Indian Canyons Neighborhood, which borders the Indian Canyons Golf Resort North Course on land owned by members of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians on the south end of Palm Springs, California.

Originally developed in the 1960s, the Indian Canyons Neighborhood is composed primarily of mid-century modern custom homes designed by Stan Sackley, William Krisel and Dan Palmer, among others. Above all, the integration of the desert’s natural beauty is the Indian Canyons Neighborhood’s trademark.

ICNO is a member of Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (“ONE-PS”). ONE-PS is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation made up of representatives of 43 neighborhood organizations from throughout Palm Springs. Its constituent organizations are regarded by the City of Palm Springs as the official representatives of their membership.

 

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Landscape Architect David Ross Pittman and Nate Otto, President Hot Purple Energy (far left) and Mayor Robert Moon (far right) flank members of the Indian Canyons Neighborhood Organization at the official unveiling of their new entrance. Over 100 ICNO members directly contributed time or services to help make this project happen. Thanks go to David Ross Pittman, the landscapearchitect, who created the design plan and donated his time and services; Nate Otto, the President of Hot Purple Energy, which donated the solar lighting that illuminates the new entrance at night; Susan Cureton-Hill, ICNO’s Modernism Committee Chairperson who coordinates the tours that raise the money that funded the project; David Freedman, ICNO’s Vice Chairperson who also serves on the Modernism Committee, Larry Da Silva, ICNO’s former Chairperson, who initiated the Modernism Week tours in the neighborhood, and Michael Hanley, ICNO’s Development Committee Chairperson who co-ordinated the project.

Contact info for our suppliers:
David Ross Pittman, landscape architect, 760 668 2002
Nate Otto, Hot Purple Energy, 760 322 4433
Armando Diaz, landscape maintenance, 760 218 1674
Jeff Fairfield, Clean and Seal (power washing) 760 275 7866
Low Desert Rock, rock material, 760 272 4973
Mariscal Cactus Nurseries, plant material, 760 408 0645
True Value Hardware (Smoketree), water buckets, 760 322 1951

 

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This is Jeff Fairfield of Clean & Seal power washing the wall. The project is almost done!

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Here are photos of the workers making our entrance so beautiful. Be sure to check out Low Desert Rock Supply and Mariscal Cactus for your landscaping needs. They have given us substantial breaks on this project and they would appreciate the business. Thanks!

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*** Entrance/Wall ***

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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*** Entrance ***

Monday, June 13, 2016

Things are happening!  Thanks to Linda Ward for the photos!

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*** More Progress! ***

Sunday, June 12, 2016

More progress! The crew will be placing the boulders today. Come on down and see for yourself. And chilled Red Bull is always appreciated!  Thanks.

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*** Progress! ***

Friday, June 10, 2016

The sign is being pressure washed as is the wall. Boulders and DG will be added shortly.

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*** Work Has Begun ***

Sunday, June 5, 2016

If you drove down LaVerne and turned into Camino Real today, you probably saw David Ross Pittman’s crew starting work on our enhancement project. Please feel free to stop and greet the workmen or drop off some water. Linda Ward is taking pictures so we will have a record of the progress. Thanks and kudos to all!

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*** “Before Pictures” ***

Photo credit:  Linda Ward

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The ICNO Board of Directors is proud to announce the commencement of its first community enhancement project resulting from the funds collected during Modernism Week. We will be re-landscaping the wall and parkway on the south side of LaVerne Way between Camino Real and Calle Palo Fiero, the project that was the overwhelming favorite in polls and discussions with ICNO members. Many of you have made suggestions and offered opinions regarding the execution and we have done our best to take them into consideration and incorporate them into the final plan.

Thanks are owed to ICNO member David Ross Pittman for his design, and for his expertise and time which he has so graciously donated. The project has been capably shepherded by Board member and Development Committee Chairperson, Michael Hanley, and his team, Terry Daniels, Arlene Sanford, Philip Brent, Patricia Winters, Brent Zimmerman, and Judy Jensen. ICNO Vice Chairperson David Freedman has worked diligently with the city to guide the project through the permit process and, it goes almost without saying, that none of this would be possible without the terrific efforts of David Freedman, Modernism Committee Chairperson Susan Cureton-Hill, and former ICNO Chairperson Larry daSilva who organized the Modernism Week activities that generated the monies in the first place. The neighborhood is indebted to them, all of the docents who helped on the tours, and all of the homeowners who generously opened their homes to share the unique and wonderful character of our Indian Canyons neighborhood.

Now that we have final approval from the city, work will start on or about June 5 and proceed for the next 2 or 3 weeks. Please check on our progress. We will have the official unveiling in the Fall when more of you will be back in Palm Springs.

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