Reagan Sculpture Unveiled at Bonita Canyon Park

posted: October 9th, 2011 02:40 pm | 4Comments

About 150 people gathered at Bonita Canyon Sports Park this afternoon to unveil a sculpture of Ronald Reagan.

“To many of us, he represents leadership and good economic times,” said City Councilman Keith Curry. “To millions of people throughout the world, Reagan represents freedom itself.”

Curry first suggested a year ago that the City Council name the Bonita Canyon Sports Park after Reagan, but the Council voted no. He later suggested commission a statue to be funded with private donations, but protesters objected to everything from the choice of artist, the political process and the location of the sculpture.

Two protesters attended the ceremony, holding signs criticizing the statue but did not speak or disrupt the ceremony.

Under a blazing hot sun, student musicians from the Sonora Eagles Advanced Band played patriotic songs. John Shaw, chief development officer for the Reagan Foundation, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher spoke. After, city officials handed out small boxes of Ronald Reagan jelly beans.

This year marks the centennial year of Reagan’s birth on Feb. 6, 1911.


4 Responses to “Reagan Sculpture Unveiled at Bonita Canyon Park”

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Nick

October 10th, 2011

Useless statue to be in Newport Beach. Also weird that the bigoted representative Dana Rohrabacher spoke... it's not even his district.

CB

October 10th, 2011

How fitting, a Reagan statue representing the ideology and values of Newport politicians. Reagan was leader in 'consumerism' and look where it's got us. The US constitutes 5% of the world population, yet we Americans consume 30% of the worlds resources. Reagan had the solar panels removed from the White House which Jimmy Carter had installed while in office. We can only keep going backwards for so long before we run out of...everything!

robincdm

October 10th, 2011

Unveiling a puppet would have been more honest but then again very rarely is any politician motivated by honesty.

Cameron

October 11th, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. gets a statue on our Nation's Capitol for... giving a speech? - and yet, doesn't really seem to both anyone. Our Nation's former president, the man who single handedly crushed the mighty Russia and Communism while swinging a sledge hammer to bring down the Berlin Wall - get's a peaceful little statue, which is not uncommon to our nation's past and present leaders, in a beautiful local park - and people are shouting to the heavens. Way to go Ronnie, still stirring the pot of criticism after all these years.


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