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Ballard Lions Club & CityQuest Volunteers

Last Saturday, members of the Ballard Lions Club and students from Seattle Pacific University helped build a wheelchair-accessible raised bed in the Seattle Sensory Garden.

In a project that helps further SSG goals of creating an inclusive garden in the community, six Ballard Lions Club members and 21 CityQuest volunteers (students from Seattle Pacific University) joined seven Seattle Sensory Garden steering committee members for Saturday’s first fall work party.

Together they were able to clear and level the area, dig the trench for the planter, add the paver set, and tamp and set the stones. Then they added Zoo Doo that was generously donated by the Woodland Park Zoo. Volunteers also placed a layer of paverset around the bed after leveling it to stabilize the ground for wheelchair access.

Helping in Gardening

While the bed is not quite finished yet, we expect it to be completed by the beginning of October. Thanks to the Ballard Lions Club for generously donating $500 in materials for all the stonework. You can help, too. We are still looking to raise another $250 in donations, which will go toward planting the bed and adding braille signage. If you would like to help improve this public garden, please contact Karen Ko (lionkaren@comcast.net) for more information. Seattle Sensory Garden works with organizations and communities to create an inclusive and sustainable garden adjacent to Woodland Park Zoo that encourages people of all abilities to explore their senses and to learn how others experience the world.

Seattle Sensory Garden receives Lions Club grant, SPU support

For Immediate Release:
Media contact: Stacia Irons
Phone: (206) 817-4667
Email: gallagirl@msn.com
www.seattlesensorygarden.com

September 19, 2012

News Release

Seattle Sensory Garden Receives Lions Club Grant, SPU Support for Accessible Garden Project

With materials funded by the Ballard Lions Club, Seattle Pacific University students will help build a wheelchair-accessible raised bed to further SSG goals of creating an inclusive garden in the community.

Seattle, Washington—The Seattle Sensory Garden, a community- and accessibility-focused organization today announced a big step forward in their mission to broaden community involvement and build a public garden that individuals of all ages and abilities can enjoy. A work party initiated and funded by the Ballard Lions Club and involving more than a dozen Seattle Pacific University student volunteers will be held this Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the demonstration garden adjacent to the Woodland Park Zoo.

The Ballard Lions Club donated $500 for materials, while SPU students, along with Lions Club and SSG steering committee members, will contribute their time, skills and labor on this day of service to create a raised bed along the wheelchair-accessible garden path so that all visitors can see, smell and enjoy the plants up close.

The work party will focus on extending and enhancing the existing demonstration garden—a small but invaluable part of the SSG’s mission to create a much larger garden that is accessible to all. “While the paths are wide enough for people with wheelchairs, not all of the plant materials are reachable right now,” said Briar Bates, a landscape designer and SSG steering committee member.

Saturday’s work party will change that, said Bates, while accomplishing other goals besides: “Because of the Ballard Lions Club and SPU, this is more than just a work party. It means we are getting broader involvement in the actual building of the garden. It means we can create a more accessible experience that serves a broader community—a garden for all. One that lets people recognize each other’s needs and see how others interact with the space.”

Saturday’s work party helps further the Seattle Sensory Garden mission of creating a unique outdoor space with interactive opportunities to engage and explore the senses and to learn how people with disabilities experience the garden and the world. Support from the public and collaboration between different groups like the Ballard Lions Club and SPU reflect the principles of inclusion, education and community engagement that are central to SSG’s mission.

While additional volunteers aren’t needed for Saturday’s work party, anyone can drop by during that time to enjoy the public garden. Future work party announcements and requests for volunteers will be posted on the organization’s website (www.seattlesensorygarden.com) and Facebook page.

Event Details:

Who: Seattle Sensory Garden
What: Ballard Lions Club and SPU Work Party
Where: 700 N 50th Street, Seattle 98103 NE corner of Rose Garden, Woodland Park Zoo
When: September 22, 2012 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Seattle Sensory Garden is open to the public 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to dusk.

About Seattle Sensory Garden: Since 2009, Seattle Sensory Garden has worked with organizations and communities to create an inclusive and sustainable garden adjacent to Woodland Park Zoo that encourages people of all ages and abilities to explore their senses and to learn how others experience the world. For more information, visit www.seattlesensorygarden.com, or the SSG Facebook page.

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