Starkweather/Worthington Park Grant possibility
spoke with Kathy Utley regarding her interest in writing a grant for
the Worthington Park area in conjunction with the Starkweather Friends.
She would write it under the East Isthmus Planning Council 501c3. Was
wondering if we'd be able to help with it, if, for example, one of the
projects included a rain garden installation. She has been speaking
with folks at the Biotech Center on campus about outreach activities.
The scientists over there are very excited about doing some outreach but
don't know how to go about it. She would act as facilitator for the
process. The Biotech folk would likely do much of the instruction phase
& some hand's on work. We & other Neighborhood Association partners
might help with the hands on planning & installation, depending on
need. I think Scott's Grant calls for rain garden installation, so this
is one possible way of linking the activities into something more than a
simple project, without significantly increasing our volunteer load &
Here's the scoop on the goals as I understand them: The purpose of the
W.P. Grant would be educational, in science fields, dealing
predominantly with watershed issues. That can be quite broad, as I
think we all understand, and that is good, because it creates many
options for educational input. There would likely be by-in components
to the grant, where low econ. participants might receive payment in
goods or other, for their work effort. These goods might be school or
clothing related, or other, such as a community purchase, as defined by
the needs of the community. I have stressed the need to identify from
with the W. P. neighborhood, the goals & project that they feel are
needed. I am not interested in going to a community with an outside
plan for them that they have not had the opportunity to help create, and
I understand that Kathy Utley shares this concern. I would expect the
participants to be park of any planning process. The plan would
probably start on a small scale, but be designed to grow with experience
& years. One idea I have is the closing of Clyde Gallagher, creating
cull de sacs on the perpendicular streets, & expanding the green
corridor across the former street scape, creating a more lively & safe
creek edge. Some of you may not know that there have been drownings in
this part of the creek, with it's sheer metal retaining walls & such a
small amount of green corridor for play. Clyde Galagher could eventually
become a parkway for the neighborhood, including bike connector paths &
a healthier creek corridor with some undulation in the water course.
Ongoing science projects would be incorporated into the process at every
possible step along the way. It would be critical to tie such a plan
into a safe crossing under or over East Wash. I envision that this
project has benefits to all adjacent neighborhoods.
The process of community involvement & identification of needs will
probably begin shortly. Kathy Utley is also interested in participating
with FSCB & will likely be attending meetings as able in the future.
Other notes of interest. It might be worthwhile putting together a
virtual tour of the watershed. Whether this can be tied into the Grant
Project we have for a watershed tour, can be discussed. At the very
least, with new access to a digital camera, I ought to be able to get
some photos available for publicity & advocacy purposes on line. Folks
reported after the Solstice Celebration that they had gone into look at
part o the creeks and were stunned at it's condition, with the mount of
garbage in the creek bed, etc. Most folks have no idea what this thing
looks like. Most of 'em probably don't care, either, but maybe we can
change some of that too, with our photos. Whether we want to pursue the
possibility of a web page or linkage initially, with another website,
can be discussed. It is a powerful tool to use if done well.
Enough. I do try sometimes to retrain myself & not overload y'all on
emails. I presume y'all have a delete button, or, at least, a 'save
until later' file?
Thanks & best wishes.