Friends of Ballard Corners Park

Grab Bag Update

Olympia once more

I traveled to Olympia again last Thursday. I was there to support my profession, which believe it or not, is not co-chair of the Friends of Ballard Corners Park. On the side, in between Ballard Corners Park events, I help a few people as a chiropractor. And we had a wee bill (SSB5597) before the State Senate. The Senate was busy, busy, busy trying to pass a large number of bills in a short period of time. So when I wasn’t supporting the Washington State Chiropractic Association, I met briefly with Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles. I am pleased to report that she supported both the chiropractic bill and funding for Ballard Corners Park.

It’s not too late to contact the state legislature!

For those of you who have emailed or called the legislature, thank you very much. We’re getting down to the wire now. The House of Representatives’ Capital Budget Committee, headed by Rep. Bill Fromhold is expected to release their budget next Monday or Tuesday. There is still time to let the legislature know how much you want their support. Last week Kelly Taylor called instead of emailing. She reported that everyone she talked to was very nice, as they have been to me. It only takes a few minutes. Please contact them. If you’ve done it once, do it again. They need to know how large the community support is for our project.

Their contact information is available at http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/.

State Senator Karen Fraser, Capital Budget Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee
Fraser.Karen@leg.wa.gov
http://www.leg.wa.gov/senate/fraser/
(360) 786-7642

State Representative Bill Fromhold, Chair, House of Representatives Capital Budget Committee http://www.leg.wa.gov/house/fromhold/
Fromhold.Bill@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7924

Our local representatives:
State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles
kohl-welles.jeanne@leg.wa.gov
http://www1.leg.wa.gov/senate/Kohl-Welles
(360) 786-7670

Representative Mary Lou Dickerson
dickerson.marylou@leg.wa.gov
http://www1.leg.wa.gov/house/Dickerson
(360) 786-7860

A suggested message is: “I am writing to urge your support for a Capital Budget request for $125,000 for Ballard Corners Park, Ballard’s newest park. Density in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle is growing rapidly. Please support funding more open and green space in the great state of Washington’s urban neighborhoods.”

Brochure

For those of you that live between 60th and 65th and 15th and 20th, you should have received our fancy new brochure in the mail. You may have noticed that, in addition to seeing the park design, there is a plea for community support. We really need your time and/or money. Community support means that other funders (the state, the county, foundations, etc.) will be more likely to support our park.

Your $10, $25, $50, or $100 will add up quickly to help us demonstrate community support. To date, we’ve raised $1250.89. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of 2007. Every dollar you give gets us closer to that goal.

How much do you value a new park in Ballard? The equivalent of three lattes – $10? A tank of gas – $40? That new pair of shoes you covet – $100? That novel you want to buy, but could put on hold at the library at no cost – $20? A trip to the movies – $30? Dinner out at Volterra – $120? A new car payment – $400? You determine the level that you are willing to support Ballard Corners Park.

Please mail the tear-off back to me with your tax-deductible contribution today or bring it to our community meeting.

Design Workshop – 21 Mar, 7-9 PM

Don’t forget to attend our community design workshop next Wednesday, 21 Mar, 7-9 PM at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club (1767 NW 64th St). We be selecting a children’s play structure, reviewing Barker Landscape Architect’s latest design for the park (including the stone couch and swiveling bar stools), selling tiles, T-shirts and buttons, and much more. It’ll be our only Design Workshop this spring; don’t miss it.

Posted on March 12th 2007 by David Folweiler in Events,Fundraising,Misc. | Comments Off on Grab Bag Update |

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