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On April 20th, 2009 Kings Beach celebrated the culmination of more than three years hard work by unveiling a proud Gateway Monument Sign. PR Design & Engineering Inc. began work on the project three years ago under former Director of Redevelopment Rae James and completed several months of construction with Burdick Excavating Co. in spring. PR DEI provided all design and engineering work, conducted eight public meetings for the project, and provided permitting and construction support. We are very proud of the final results.

The design references several local elements including the overall form of an inverted obelisk referencing the renaissance of the Kings Beach community. The single piece of machined granite is of Sierra origin. The detail at the top of the sign is a Washoe basket print and pays homage to the peoples who walked this land for eons. The bronze bears are playful but remind us of the importance this place has had in the evolution of natural inhabitants. The top of the sign references water as does the lake cut-out. Water is the single most dominant natural theme in this area due to the presence of the  Congressionally recognized Outstanding National Water Resource that is Lake Tahoe. The masonry bench/planter is landscaped with native plants.

The monument is a single piece of Sierra White Granite weighing nearly 25,000 pounds and includes solar powered LED lighting. At the ribbon cutting, Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery spoke firmly of the importance of this "tangible evidence of a step forward toward the redevelopment of Kings Beach". Current Director of Redevelopment Jim Lobue and Senior Redevelopment Specialist Michael O'Haver managed the project for Placer County.