Los Alamos Project Main Gate / Courtesy of Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce
COUNTY PRESS RELEASE
Los Alamos County Council is pleased to host a sign unveiling ceremony to recognize the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and celebrate the history and creation of the Los Alamos Project Main Park on Monday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m.
In 1943, the Main Gate Park site was the eastern gateway to the “secret city” of Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Diplomas were required to enter it until 1957.
In 1986, Sunrise Kiwanis, now the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, adopted the location to create a must-have spot for campers to park while visiting Los Alamos. Kiwanis has raised over $ 30,000 and provided hundreds of hours of volunteer work to improve the site. This effort, combined with an additional $ 12,000 from the state, created Sunrise Park.
Kiwanis received in 1986 a Certificate of Merit for his efforts to beautify America, presented by Home Secretary Don Paul Hodel. It was one of 50 awards given across the country at the time. The Kiwanis Club continues to help maintain the park today.
In 2016, the county council passed a resolution officially renaming the park Los Alamos Project Main Gate Park in recognition of the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The main gate guard hut replica was already added in 2015 and is a popular photo opportunity with visitors.
The sign, located in the Main Gate Park picnic area, recognizes this important history and recognizes the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos’ continued commitment and service to the community.