Pearl Chase Society President Sue Adams and board member Barbara Chen Lowenthal.
City lifeguards (left ro right) Sheldon Magner, Kevin Massanari, Chris Schmidt, Chris Clark and Rich Hanna, Sr. Recreation Supervisor/Aquatics (Absent – Jason Masho)

At each monthly meeting, the Parks & Recreation Commission recognizes those community organizations and individuals who have supported projects and programs of the Parks and Recreation Department with their time, treasure and/or talents. On Wednesday, September 26, the Commission recognized the Pearl Chase Society for their funding contribution to repair the Mission Aqueduct Wall at the Mission Historical Park.

The historic 1806-1808 aqueduct sand stone wall required maintenance and repair to ensure its stability at the upper portion of the aqueduct. The Pearl Chase Society President, Sue Adams, and Board generously provided $5,000 to make this much needed repair. The contractor Oswald J. da Ros who graciously accepted the job of repairing the 13 linear feet at the base of the wall is a licensed masonry contactor who has been in business since 1920. The original sandstone rock from the site was used to fill the void. Cement mortar consisting of a coarse sand and heavy cement lime binder, similar to what was used in the Mission period, was used to make the repair. The repair work was completed July 25, 2012.

It is with tremendous gratitude that the Parks and Recreation Department recognizes the contribution provided by the Pearl Chase Society.

In addition, the Commission also recognized Beach Lifeguards Kevin Massanari, David Schmidt, and the Supervisory team for their heroic actions during the 2012 Santa Barbara County Triathlon. The lifeguards recognized that a swimmer was having a significant medical event while competing in the swim portion of the triathlon this past August and performed measures that saved his life. The Department’s Aquatic Section was notified by the victim the following week that had he been allowed to continue he most likely would not be alive today. He explained that he had suffered a mild heart attack and was experiencing pulmonary edema when guard Massanari paddled over to check on him.


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