Five Ballard groups are winners of the 2010 Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Awards. Under the program, which first started in 1988, award recipients will receive up to $20,000 for their projects. Each award is matched by the communities’ volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. To be eligible, an entrant must prove that their project will improve their neighborhood and community.
The city announced the following Ballard recipients:
Greg’s Garden P-Patch Upgrade will receive $3,000. Greg’s Garden P-Patch (shown above) is located at 14th Ave NW & NW 54th St. “The gardeners of Greg’s Garden P-Patch will build upon momentum to strengthen our garden community and physically improve the garden for all to use. We will build new compost bins, replant perimeter gardens and establish an herb garden and donation garden.”
Friends of Labateyah will receive $10,000 for the Labateyah Master Site Planning Project. “Create a Labateyah Master Site Plan through a community-based process with outreach and education, utilizing contracted and volunteer professionals to provide expertise on the potential additional uses and enhancement of the site and identifying funds for implementation.”
The Crown Hill Neighborhood Associatioin will receive $4,895 for the Crown Hill Tree Walk and Survey. “This project aims to catalogue Crown Hill’s environmentally and culturally valuable trees and create an unofficial list of “significant trees.” This project will include a walking tour, a scavenger hunt, and other events.”
City Fruit will receive $14,655 for harvest expansion and Urban Orban Orchard development. “The project will have three components. They will expand the harvest into three neighborhoods, develop a City Fruit Urban Orchard concept that will include distributing Urban Orchard membership yard signs, and build a harvest management system.”
The Playground Project Committee has been awarded $17,000 for the Playground at Crown Hill Upgrade Project. “The playground used by the Crown Hill Center (formerly Crown Hill Elementary School) neighborhood is in dire need of upgrades that will promote a safe, welcoming environment connecting families with play space opportunities.”