A group of Ballard P-Patch supporters will be at Bergen Place Park on Sunday to raise awareness and gain support for their efforts to save the community garden from being sold to developers.
The 43-year-old garden is on private land — the landowner has leased the space for $1 per year to the P-Patch since it started. But now, the landowner is ready to sell, and unless the gardeners can come up with $1.8 million to purchase the half-acre property, the land will be turned into four single-family homes.
“This community rally is an opportunity to celebrate the garden, energize supporters, gather petition signatures, raise awareness, distribute yard signs and garner more public support,” the organizers write on their event website.
In addition to their online fundraiser and ongoing events, the group is reaching out to businesses and civic leaders, exploring options for grants and public funding. Sunday will be the group’s first community rally in support of the P-Patch.
“Hold a sign, chant a cheer, elicit a honk from a passing supporter and help energize the community and garner support to Save Ballard P-Patch!”
They’ll be meeting Sunday morning at 11am at Bergen Place Park, and will be out until 2pm. All are welcome to participate.