Cupertino Memorial Gazebo

 The Memorial Gazebo is located in Cupertino Memorial Park.  The park was once an orchard owned by the Enoch Parish family. The Parish’s not only had orchards, but Enoch was also the local architect and builder.  He was responsible for designing and building many of the early homes in Cupertino.  One of the distinctive features found in many of the homes he designed was the use of “gingerbread” in the eves. The Parish family home was located where the Cupertino Senior Center is today.  The City hoped to save the Parish House as a part of our community’s rich history, but due to neglect and a fire the house was razed; however, in memory of these early settlers, the City Council decided to build the Memorial Gazebo using the “gingerbread” from the Parish home. 

 The Gazebo was built in 1976 in conjunction with the construction of Memorial Park.  After several years the Gazebo was in need of serious renovation. Cupertino Rotary, in 1994 with the City’s blessing, took on the project and has continued to care for the Gazebo.  A plaque has been installed at the base of the Gazebo in recognition of the Club’s efforts.  Our Club chose to make the Gazebo its Club logo as a symbol of our care and concern for our community.   Following the Club’s lead, CREF (Cupertino Rotary Endowment Foundation) adopted the Gazebo as its logo as well.  CREF presents a Gazebo Award to honor those who have given significant gifts to the Endowment.