Early this month, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the allocation of $1.7 million to buy 100 acres of land near the Dana Adobe in Nipomo.
The funds will be added to the $1 million previously set aside by the county to purchase the land and preserve it as open space for a planned “living history” park to be run by the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA), the nonprofit volunteer organization restoring and preserving the adobe.
The funds come just in time, according to DANA president Herb Kandel, who said that the loan taken out by the organization two years ago to fund the preservation of the site recently expired.
“Had we not [received funds from the county], the land probably would have been in jeopardy of being developed,” Kandel said. “Now it’s permanently protected.”
The approximately $2.7 million total will come from the county’s public facilities fees, also known as Quimby funds, and go toward turning the site into what DANA calls a living history park.
DANA members and other volunteers will historically re-enact what life would have been like at the adobe when it was first built by Nipomo’s founder, Capt. William G. Dana, in 1851.