The City of Mill Valley held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday at Old Mill Park to celebrate the recently completed construction of a $1.08 million project to replace or add new stairs at six different locations in Mill Valley.
Mill Valley Mayor Ken Wachtel, City Council members, City Manager Jim McCann, Interim Public Works Director Jill Barnes and Park Superintendent Rick Misuraca spoke at the dedication and thanked those who helped make it happen.
Misuraca described some of the unique construction challenges that they faced with the steep slope of some of the new steps. Other participants included representatives from organizations that helped make this a successful project, such as the Marin County Board of Supervisors, Marin County Office of Public Works, Caltrans, Maggiora & Ghilotti and Questa Engineers.
After the ceremony, members of the public hiked from Old Mill Park to the base of the steps that connect Wainwright Place and Monte Vista Avenue. Mayor Ken Wachtel read a proclamation and declared the steps between Monte Vista Avenue and Wainwright Place to be named “McGlashan Lane” in memory of late Marin County Supervisor and Mill Valley resident Charles McGlashan, who .
In its 2010-2012 Workplan, the Mill Valley City Council identified the continued rehabilitation of prioritized Steps, Lanes and Paths for emergency access and evacuation as a key priority. The new and renovated steps in this project will improve evacuation safety; provide routes to schools and provide residents with safe and effective alternatives to motorized transportation.
The project was funded by a grant from the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program managed by Marin County Department of Public Works, designed by Questa Engineering Corporation of Pt. Richmond and constructed by Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. of San Rafael.