Calling all neighbors and volunteers - community to build gathering place in 132nd Park Sept 15-18

 

What began as an idea back in the dark, dreary, days of winter will become a new gathering place complete with picnic shelter, story circle, performance area, and everlasting artwork in September.

 

The concept and design of this Gathering Place has been lead by the Pomegranate Center, an Issaquah, WA non-profit organization (http://www.pomegranatecenter.org/build-community/kirkland-132nd-square-park-gathering-space/ )that has helped design and construct community gathering places for over 20 years. Funding for this project has been provided by a grant from Tully’s Coffee and its parent, Green Mountain Roasters. Community participation has been a component of this project from concept, design and review, and now the actual build of project.

 

[box type="info" style="rounded" border="full"]On Sept. 6, 2011, the “Gathering Place” project in 132nd SquarePark was honored with a proclamation by the City of Kirkland.[/box]

 

Construction dates for the project are Thursday Sept 15th through Sunday, Sept.18th. The project includes two covered picnic structures, picnic tables and benches, compacted gravel path, short rock wall and gathering/story circle, as well as additional benches along the new path. Community inspired art is an integral component in this project. All members of the community, especially those with artistic skills in various elements, are encouraged to participate so that the completed project will truly be reflective of all members of the local community. There will also be children’s projects so that they too can be represented.

 

Volunteers are needed in various fields of construction and landscaping. Businesses who would like to donate time, materials, food and refreshments during the build process are also needed. Materials still being sought at this time include concrete, mortar, landscape fabric, roofing materials, and gravel. Persons with skills in carpentry, masonry (for 18” dry stack wall with mortared cap), concrete, roofing, and landscaping are a few of the actual construction activities in which volunteers are still needed. Also needed are people to help with registration, set up, clean up, and food and beverages...

 

Volunteers can sign up for specific times at www.132park.org. Donations of materials, food, beverages can also be made by visiting www.132park.org  or contact Lynda Haneman at 206-300-7090 or info@132park.org .

 

Tully's Coffee and Pomegranate Center are planning an on-site community celebration at 4pm on Sunday, September 18, 2011 to unveil the new Community Gathering Center in 132nd Square Park. To honor this event, the City of Kirkland has proclaimed Sunday, September 18, 2011 “Local Community Day” and encourages the community to support and assist on this project. A video created by Tully’s Coffee about this project and others like it can be found at http://vimeo.com/27217191 .

 

Representatives of Tullys Coffee/Green Mountain Roasters will be participating in the four day build project. For further information about Tullys participation in this project and event, contact Hannah Smith at 617-939-8329 or hsmith@coneinc.com. Cone is the public relations firm for Green Mt Roasters/Tullys coffee.

 

Renderings/images of this project can be found here: http://132park.wordpress.com/images-of-proposed-gathering-place-in-132nd-square-park/

Please let me know if you would like to have larger format images.

 

Here is link to video that Tully’s has done regarding this project:

http://vimeo.com/27217191

 

Additional Information -

 

Earlier this year, Kirkland’s Totem Lake and Kingsgate neighborhoods were awarded grant funding fromPomegranate Center and Tully’s Coffee to design and build a community Gathering Place in the 132nd SquarePark. This park is the only public park with public facilities and improvements in the Totem Lake/Kingsgate area. The Kingsgate neighborhood and 132nd Park were annexed into the City on June 1, 2011.  Maintenance of the park remains with King County through December 31, 2011.

 

This is a fast paced project that was developed by community members and the Pomegranate Center and will be built and completed using volunteers by September 18. Outreach to and participation by the neighborhood are key to the success of the project ensuring that the resulting feature is reflective of the community’s needs and creativity.  Community design events were held in the Totem Lake/Kingsgate neighborhoods in late June and July, 2011. These events included tours of the park site, active input and ideas from members of the community followed by volunteer professionals working with the community input to create design concepts.

Lynda Haneman, co-chair of t he Gathering Place Project for 132nd Square Park.