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Ramona Town Square Concept (Cafes, Bars, Art, Yoga) to Be Explored by Planning Group

Early ideas for the area of Elliott Pond include small sidewalk cafes, a wine bar, brew pub, art gallery, gazebo for plays, place for yoga, free Wi-Fi, and a lot of shade.

Site of Elliott Pond. Credit: Google Maps http://goo.gl/YMqAFB
Site of Elliott Pond. Credit: Google Maps http://goo.gl/YMqAFB
The following items of noted public interest are on the agenda for the Thursday, Jan. 9 public meeting of the Ramona Community Planning Group, held at 7 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane (note change of location):

Town Square by Elliott Pond
Jim Hagey will explore the viability of a town square next to Elliott Pond, off Ramona Street, about 150 yards south of Main Street. His early ideas include three or four small sidewalk cafes, a wine bar, brew pub, art gallery, gazebo for plays, place for yoga, free Wi-Fi, and a lot of shade. Previous concepts for that area included a unique "walkable community."

Parks and Recreation
Informational Presentation by the County Parks And Recreation Department concerning upcoming changes to the Parks and Recreation fee ranges, and Parks and Recreation building and facility naming rights.  The item will go before the Board of Supervisors in January or February 2014. 

See the full meeting agenda attached. 

COMMENT: What do you think about the idea to develop the Elliott Pond area into a Town Square?
Drew S. January 09, 2014 at 09:58 AM
You have to give Jim Hagey credit for trying to create something for the community around Elliot Pond. His walkable community plan was a beautiful one and it's sad to see that project disappearing from the horizon. Not to mention the connectivity of a road lost between neighborhoods. But the idea of a park with the features presented is a good idea, and I hope the planning group gives it some consideration. I'm guessing it needs a zoning change to allow the cafés to operate. I would support it as a member of this community.
Dawn Fletcher January 09, 2014 at 11:35 AM
I would wholeheartedly support that concept, and I think our little town is just ripe for such an idea.
cheris anthony January 09, 2014 at 11:55 AM
I have been advocating for years a shady spot with restful interest because we have so much traffic going THROUGH our town when if we had adequate parking, shade, cool drinks, snacks we could snag a few of these visitors. wish Elliots Pond was closer to Main and 10th. On the right track though.
alison farrin January 09, 2014 at 01:19 PM
As Ramona becomes a destination community we are going to need public spaces like this to encourage people to stop and spend time in town. The wineries are attracting visitors and the next step is multiple venues with a country casual ambiance to encourage visitors to stay awhile longer. Nice for us as residents as well!
Merit whitney January 09, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Any improvement to the main part of town is going toward a sustaining action for the current residents. Starting the improvements at the western end of Ramona is better yet. My hope for Ramona is senior citizen housing and a walk-able community for that population to access. This could be the start!
Helen Wilson January 09, 2014 at 03:11 PM
This was and is a great idea that Ramona is ready for. If we want our town to keep a small town feel we must have places for community to mingle. Think small college town.
Jim Nutting January 09, 2014 at 08:11 PM
I think it's a great idea. As long as we keep the image of a small town. It would bring employment to our neighbors as well as more opportunity for small business. I hope it happens.
Nancy Ciulla Fastenau January 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Love it!!
Nancy Ciulla Fastenau January 10, 2014 at 11:34 AM
what about the pond by the Magnolia Ave on the east part of town... that would be a great place and its right on the Main st as you go towards Julian. That plot of land has been vacant forever and it could be renovated into something beautiful there.
Linda Matthys January 11, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Ramona needs a Walmart. Small business complain that they can not compete with the big box stores. Unless you are looking to buy antiques there is nothing to buy in Ramona. Maybe we would have fewer fatal accidents on 67 if people didn't have to go down the hill. Build it and they will come!
Merit whitney January 12, 2014 at 12:51 AM
I agree with a Walmart type store. The location is the question. A business of that scale would provide jobs, keep parents in town to meet their children at the bus stop or school and bring revenue to the community. A box store is a topic apart from the vision of a quaint and charming walking community for locals and passerby's to enjoy. Ramona is ready and waiting... how about the residents?

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