Luke McGruff of the Friends of North Beach Park just updated us on the $500 we granted him recently. He is doing both outreach and buying tools with the grant money.
"So far, I've spent $136.37 on newsletter supplies (printing ink, paper, postage) and $60.04 on tools (pruning saw, spade, etc.), for a total of $196.41, leaving me a balance of $303.59. I took a picture of the newsletter supplies and started a "Groundswell NW Microgrant" set on Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCFbapq
"I sent an email to Stoneway Hardware on Friday, Oct. 26, asking them to extend the grant, but haven't heard back from them yet.
"I plan to do the newsletter this week. Whatever money is left over after the mailing will be added to the tools fund.
"I'll buy the tools in time for the November work party, and debut them there. I'll make sure to take before (clean) and after (used) pictures."
Thank you, Luke, for giving us the update! We really appreciate hearing how our microgrant program furthers the development and/or maintance of parks and open space in NW Seattle. For those of you who want to help out, join Luke and his band of merry weed warriors on Saturday, 11/24, 9-12 AM to help plant native spedies in North Beach Park. From Luke:
"This is our big planting party of the year. We have more than 100 plants, ranging from upland shrubs to wetland sedges, ready to go into various places in the park. If you haven't been to a workparty for a while, this is the one to come to. We'll have a lot to do. Work off those Thanksgiving calories!"