Gloomy Day Didn’t Keep the Kessler Steps Dedication Away

Despite a rather gloomy day and impending severe weather, spirits weren’t dampened at the official ribbon-cutting of the revitalized historic Kessler Steps! District 1 Councilman Scott Griggs officiated the event and divvied the honors. KNU’s Beautification Committee received a plaque in appreciation for the countless volunteer hours spent turning a vision into a notable reality. We would like to extend a special thanks to Charles Hatfield, Susie Moody, Cindy Pierce and Ron Veech for their unparalleled dedication to the project. We also want to extend our sincerely gratitude to the many neighbors, businesses and friends who contributed to this project through fund-raising requests. YOU provided the foundation to resurrecting a prized site originally built in 1924.

An event highlight was when landscape architect and neighbor Kris Brown, who worked with the committee on the steps planning, delighted us with his gift of a curb-side mosaic name plate at the base of the Kessler Steps. What a surprise!

This project feat exemplifies a coordinated neighborhood achievement, and one that we should all be proud of. It’s also good reason for you to become an active member of KNU, YOUR neighborhood association. Help pave the way for ongoing beautification efforts and special projects by purchasing an engraved brick. If you are interested in being part of the beautification committee, contact Cindy Pierce at


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