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B etween 5th and 6th Streets in Downtown Gilroy is a Paseo connecting the Eigleberry parking lots and Monterey Street shopping and restaurants. Planning for two Paseos began when Al Pinheiro was mayor. Mayor Don Gage was able to see this one through to its current status. The process of purchasing a building, demolishing it and doing the preliminary work on the Paseo was handled by the City of Gilroy. The completion of the Paseo is in the hands of the Gilroy Historic Paseo Project, a public/private partnership. The Project is headed up by former Mayor Al Pinheiro. The project goal is to raise $100,000 to complete this walk through 150 years of Gilroy history. The funds have been used to paint a scenic mural on the north side of the Paseo which will serve as a back- drop for some of the seven panels that will line both sides of the walkway. Local artist, Whitney Pintella, recently completed the backdrop mural. The seven panels have been designed and are waiting full funding and construction. The panel topics are: Early Settlers, Agriculture, Commerce, Hospitality, the Community, the Garlic Story and the Cowboy Era. The panels vary in size, with the largest one more than sixteen feet long. Panel sponsorships are still available with a donation of $10,000 to $15,000. The Committee has also elected to line the walkway with bricks. For $250, donators can have a business or family name or special message inscribed on their brick. All donations go through the Gilroy Foundation (Paseo) and are fully tax-deductible. The old marble tiles of the former storefront have been maintained and can be seen at the entrance to the Paseo from Monterey Street. The lighting, provided by the City, mimics the old-fashioned lanterns on Monterey Street. Completion for the Paseo is scheduled for October 2015. Those interested in volunteering on the Committee, working on the second Paseo or donating to the Gilroy Historic Paseo Project should contact Al Pinheiro at (408) 842-4619 or al@pin- heiroinsurance.com More information on the Paseo Project is available at: facebook.com/ GilroyPaseo. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/ AUGUST 2015 gmhtoday.com 21