The new Gateway Arch on Valley and Fremont was officially dedicated this week. Inspiration for the $325,000 park and arch came when City Manager Julio Fuentes was flipping through trade magazines and saw a picture of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, which honors those who fought in the Napoleonic wars. In Alhambra’s case Fuentes surmised a similar design would work as a symbol for the Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley. Federal and state funds were procured for the project from the State Department of Transportation (CalTrans) the City’s Prop A Los Angeles County Local Return program and through a grant from the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.
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