Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Most Recent Grant: Parks Levy

2008 Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy

Thank you to everyone who worked on and voted for the successful 2008 Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

The levy included $2 million for the acquisition and development of new community gardens.

In the summer of 2009 the City designated $20,000 of this funding toward construction of the Hazel Heights P-Patch.

Hazel Heights Fundraising Summary

The community raised the funds to acquire the property, which is quite unique for a p-patch in Seattle. The property is owned by Seattle’s P-Patch Trust.

The community has also raised most of the funding for the planning, permitting and construction of the community garden, including the 8,000 gallon underground cistern and the innovative rainwater harvesting system. City, County and State grants, as well as foundation contributions, have played a huge role in this project, in addition to hundreds of individual donations.

In 2009, a contract was signed with the construction contractor, and a final budget was determined. The community set a goal of $80,000 to complete the fundraising for construction of the garden.

Funding raised to date toward the 2009 goal of $80,000:
· $20,000 from the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy
· Up to $10,000 pledged from the P-Patch Trust to match community contributions.
This leaves a current balance of $50,000 to be raised as of September 2, 2009.

The fundraising plan for the remaining $50,000 includes:

- Groundswell NW has pledged up to $5,000 to match individual donations that are raised through their tax-deductible organization. More information will be posted about this pledge in a separate post.

-Any portion of the construction contingency fund that is not needed for the actual construction contract will be applied toward the fundraising goal. As of 9/2/09 the balance available in the contingency fund is approximately $20,000.

- Donations from Fremont's generous residents and businesses, and citizens interested in Seattle's p-patches, open space, and livable communities.

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