I just heard from Luke McGuff, who is spending the last of our first microgrant:
"I'm about to drop the newsletter mailing (which goes to neighbors of the park and volunteers) into the mailbox at the Ballard PO. There are more than 135 pieces this year. It should start arriving in people's homes by the end of the week.
"The main article is a big notice for the planting party on the 24th, an article about the microgrant, and a plea for donations to the Seattle Parks Foundation.
Thanks, Luke, for furthering our mission in the creation and maintanence of parks and open space!
I hope you'll be able to join him and the rest of the Friends of North Beach for their big planting party on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
"Saturday, November 24, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon
Parking along 24th, N. of 90th; and along 90th, E. of 24th.
Bring water and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes (or muckboots for wetland work) and weather-appropriate layers that can get dirty. We'll provide tools, gloves, and guidance. All ages and skill levels welcome, but children must be under the supervision of their parent/guardian at all times. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"We have nearly 200 native plants and shrubs to go into various areas of the parks, from the wetlands up the slopes. These plants will restore food sources and habitat for wildlife and will also help stabilize the slopes. Here are a few snapshots of the plants at the Carkeek Nursery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/
"Take a break from Thanksgiving weekend and work off those calories with some community gardening. And we can be thankful we live in a place where the city and nature are so intertwined. As a special treat, 14 lucky participants will get a water bottle from Green Seattle Day.
"We also will debut several new planting spades, gloves, and other tools purchased with the Groundswell NW microgrant. Thank you Groundswell NW!"