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New San Ramon public art to honor former mayor's 'Legacy'

Sculpture dedication set for Tuesday evening at Athan Downs

San Ramon city officials are set to commemorate the civic impact of former mayor Byron Athan by dedicating a new piece of public art in his honor at the park that bears his name this Tuesday evening.

The city commissioned sculptor Madeline Wiener to create an artwork recognizing the late city leader to be installed at Athan Downs, the 20-acre park at the intersection of Montevideo and Davona drives.

The resulting sculpture, "Legacy," is located next to the park's tennis courts, "a place near and dear to Mr. Athan's heart, and serves as a tribute to his lifetime of service to his family, his community and his country," city officials said in a statement.

Athan, who lived in San Ramon from 1964 until his death in 2009, served as San Ramon's city attorney, a City Council member and mayor.

He also held positions on many civic boards and played a key role in helping San Ramon secure its first park bond, which allowed for the construction of the first two public parks, the senior center and San Ramon Olympic Pool, city officials said.

The Dublin San Ramon Services District named Athan Downs in his honor in 1976 to recognize his work related to the park bond, according to city officials.

The public dedication ceremony for "Legacy," set for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the park, will feature comments from the Wiener about her sculpture and a poem by San Ramon poet laureate Kathy Moore.

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