Ask Joe: What happened to personalized bricks in Sparks plaza ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 8/19/2013 6:41 pm
Lynne Davidson wrote in asking what happened to the bricks that people purchased from the city of Sparks ?
The bricks were bought with the intention they would be placed at Victorian Square permanently,  and Lynne says they were not cheap!

The city of Sparks sold about 600 of those bricks in 1999 for between $50 and $100 apiece depending on the size, and residents could have their own messages engraved as a permanent fixture.  That was the idea anyway.
It turned out to be not all that permanent because the bricks are now gone from the plaza outside the movie theater.  They were taking too much of a beating with the weather and the crowds in victorian square so the city pulled them up and staffers are now working to return them when possible.
   The original messages will be displayed eventually on the walls of the old bandstand across from John Ascuaga's Nugget.
  If you bought a brick or have some questions, feel free to give Andre Stigall a call in the Sparks Recreation Department.  Her number is 353-7857.

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bcadagan - 8/20/2013 11:10 AM
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Often times the people heading up the projects opt for the lowest bidder when selecting the brick vendor, saves money and increases profit slightly in the beginning and then they look like a hero. End result is engraving that does not hold up and donors not getting what they were promised. does it right and stands behind their product.

angeloschild - 8/19/2013 9:46 PM
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The same thing that happened to the personalized bricks that were purchased to pave the Pioneer Theater Plaza as a fundraiser to attract the Olympics. They were also dug up, and I remember that it was promised that they would be restored somehow (I bought one with my father's name on it; I'm glad he got to see the brick and that we took photos of it). As far as I know the bricks and their inscriptions have completely disappeared never to be heard of again. Be careful about buying these things with the idea that they will be a part of Reno's history; they will be, but only until someone decides to do something different with the pavement they are located on.

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