by Phil Shoulberg
Having heard a number of recent questions regarding the Jubilee Garden, I want to bring the congregation up to date.
The project was undertaken to leave a lasting legacy of our 150th Jubilee Celebration. The Jubilee Garden will be situated just east of Memorial Hall and will not adversely affect parking (The dumpster will be relocated to the west side.).
This will be an attractive outdoor area combining grassy berms, secluded alcoves and natural seating. It will be used by sunday school classes, daycare groups and families. There will be an area for small meetings or a staff lunch. It will also accommodate small weddings, memorial services, lectures or musical events.
A design firm was hired and presented us with a wonderful plan. Unfortunately it came in at too high a cost and (like many construction projects) it had to be streamlined. The Ryckman family left a generous $40,000 anchor gift for this project. After including remaining Jubilee funds, we still had a shortfall and obtained approval for the balance of the construction work to be funded with undesignated Memorial Gifts.
I am pleased to inform you that in mid-March 2017, the groundbreaking will take place on the Jubilee Garden project and construction will be ongoing through mid-May, weather permitting.
Once the construction is complete, the landscaping will begin. It is anticipated the planting will be completed by the first week of June at the latest, again weather permitting. Watch for information about the Jubilee Garden April 2017 Fund Drive to cover the cost of trees, plantings, a playground piece and furniture.
As the project nears completion, there will be a number of opportunities for members to contribute “sweat equity” in the way of landscaping and final installation of features.
Three people deserve accolades for this project. Dana Romeis, Diane McLean and Brad Davis have each spent countless hours in research, evaluation and consultation. I can’t wait to see the finished product!