Fire Station Ribbon-Cutting Open House
The newly remodeled, expanded and state-of-the-art Palm Springs Fire Station #4 Reopening Celebration was held on February 23, 2019. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included Mayor Moon, all four City Council members, Architect Hugh Kaptur, City staff, fire fighters and members of the public.
Built in 1971, the station was originally designed by well-known mid-century modern architect Hugh Kaptur, now 88. After almost 5 decades, Mr. Kaptur lead the exterior design team for the expanded station. Station #4 has long been in need of updating to meet modern fire service demands in order to better serve the Palm Springs community.
As a way of saying welcome back to Twin Palms, the Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization presented Fire Chief Kevin Nalder and the firefighters with a check for $1,500 that will be used to purchase a 32-in built-in Gas BBQ. The check was presented by Larry Johnson, Volunteer Grants Coordinator and Eric Chiel, Founding past-chair.
This grant is a very concrete way to say thank you for the many Twin Palms residents’ lives saved and property protected over the years by the men and women of fire station #4. The BBQ will provide both a recreational activity and increased cooking options for the fire fighters who are there 24/7.
The Reopening marked more then three years since the formal planning process for the renovation of the station was launched, and almost 7 years since the City Council first identified the need to rehabilitate and expand the station.
About $2.3 million of the renovation’s overall $5.2 construction and renovation expenses were covered by Measure J funds, the voter-approved tax increase the puts money toward capital improvement projects, according to City Manager David Ready.
Following the formal reopening ceremony, everyone had a chance to tour the station and enjoy refreshments provided by the City.