It's been only in the past several years that the northeast corner of Highway 67 and Highland Valley Road has become Ramona's iconic Gateway to Ramona intersection. Driving up from "down the hill," who doesn't notice the striking Welcome to Ramona Monument... and perhaps the non-native grassland behind the monument? There are some in Ramona who would prefer that those nine acres remain undisturbed. But "development" is inevitable. And if so, then Spirit of Joy's beautifully designed and landscaped plans for a church facility should be a welcome alternative to a myriad of less desirable possibilities.
Although Spirit of Joy has "owned" the property at Ramona's Gateway for over 20 years, we know it is not truly "ours." God has entrusted it into our care, and we will be good stewards of that trust for the benefit of future generations. We embrace the responsibility to improve and care for the property in a way that will bless our Ramona neighbors and all who drive past.
The County's master plan for that parcel includes areas that are set aside for equestrian trails. Along with Spirit of Joy's extensive landscaping, including benches, parking, paths, and paved walkways, this means that the entire 7-9 acres will become a place where people will stop to ride, walk, and rest, especially as the 200 plus trees mature and create shady groves.
Therefore, Spirit of Joy has established a Ramona Gateway Improvement Fund specifically for improving and enhancing the landscaping and infrastructure around and behind the Welcome to Ramona Monument. These funds are above and beyond what our County-approved and required architectural and landscaping plans include. We have invited the Ramona Trails Association to partner with us to implement their plans to improve and maintain this signature corner.
Current plans call for re-designing landscaping after Cal-Trans finishes the corner using an attractive, low-water xeriscape design. We are grateful to Scotty's Landcape for donating ongoing maintenance and design.
We invite our Ramona neighbors to contribute to this fund to pay for material and supplies for this re-design. The biggest perk you receive will be knowledge that you have contributed to a worthwhile cause in Ramona.
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