Please join us at One Trick Pony http://www.onetrick.biz/home.html tonight at 7:30 for a Hat Trick Concert featuring Jeffrey Foucault. The concert is free. A hat will be passed to raise funds for our park.
Neighbors met last night to discuss the status of fundraising for the park project and the idea of a special tax assessment for the homes within a 750 radius of the park (Logan to Franklin and Lafayette to Union). As it stands, our current fundraising efforts are unlikely to raise enough for the park. If we are able to pass an assessment, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks feels it is very likely we could raise the rest of the funds from private sources and build the park this summer!
We learned that we have raised about half the funds necessary for the park. The City recently approved the use of a special tax assessment mechanism for funding parks which would allow neighbors who approve such an assessment to have $50-$100 per year billed to them like a water bill over a ten year period to help finance park builds or park improvements. Most neighbors present felt that this assessment would be worth it, especially since the park is likely to improve their property values by 5%-20%!
We also discussed other fundraising ideas, like brick sales, a concert in the parking lot, tee shirt sales, concrete sales, and the like, which would help raise the remaining funds necessary AFTER an assessment were approved.
We are looking for more volunteers to help fundraise and spread the word about the assessment to neighbors.
The Grand necklace is being auctioned on Ebay to raise funds for Grand Rapids charities. In the spirit of ArtPrize, Craft-Revival Jewelers is letting the public vote on which charities will receive the largest donation. 80% of auction proceeds will be given to the winning charity, with 10% being given to the other two.
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has announced it will donate its portion of this donation to depave our park! Please vote today and every day at http://www.grandrapidsgem.com .
This site is intended to update neighbors and other people and parties of interest on our progress in converting the parking lot at the corner of Pleasant St. SE and Madison Ave. SE in Grand Rapids, Michigan to a luxurious park. Neighbors and Neighborhood Associations are working closely with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (www.friendsofgrparks.org ) and the City of Grand Rapids to make this park a reality.
We are currently in the fundraising stage of this park planning. We have a State of Michigan DNR grant for about half of the cost of the park, but we need to raise the other half of funds privately. Watch your mailboxes for a postcard about an upcoming meeting in the community to talk about all of the facets of fundraising in the works.
In the meantime, enjoy a picture!