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Wedgwood Wins Grant to Create Gathering Place with the Hunter Family

WEDGWOOD IS GETTING A NEW GATHERING PLACE AT HUNTER FARMS CHRISTMAS TREE LOT! Our community is asked to participate in the plan and implementation of the project. For all the details, and to SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS go to THE COMMENTS SECTION at the site address BELOW!

This is fantastic news for Wedgwood and the broader NE Seattle community, which has recently begun to use the site for summer festivals and berry sales.  The purpose of this grant is to improve the Hunter tree farm site for increased public use and activities while accommodating the Hunter Tree Farm business.

This project has an extremely aggressive schedule, so lots will be happening in very short order.  Here’s a rough schedule of the project’s main community events and ways to get involved.

  • Our FINAL PUBLIC MEETING will be Wednesday, July 13th from 7PM – 9PM.  This meeting will be to present the final concept design and get any final public comments prior to construction.
  • AUGUST 18-2- SITE BUILD WITH THE COMMUNITY– There will be countless ways for kids and adults, artists and non-artists, skilled craftsmen/women of all kinds and the not-as-skilled, and many more to get involved in the design and construction of this project. So stay tuned!

We are seeking community members with all sorts of talents to be Public Space Rangers, which are designers, construction workers, artists, craftsmen/women, writers, etc. who are willing to assist with the design of the project from concept to construction.  If you’re interested in this, please send an email to

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Comment by Sue McGann on May 23, 2011 at 10:40pm

Unfortunately, a bunch of our group will be at the last or the 3 Orchard Steward workshops at the Meadowbrook CC June 11th from 10 -12:30..  I'll try to make it over there afterwards..


Comment by Brooke Richardson on May 23, 2011 at 9:17pm
I am glad to say that I will be there on the 11th.  I can hardly wait!
Comment by Keith Mastenbrook on May 22, 2011 at 5:24pm
The synergy possible due to the generous grant from Tully's Coffee, the strong support of the Hunter Family, the brilliant community design processing skills of the Pomegranate Center, and the inspired participation of a variety of local community organizers, beginning with the Wedgwood Community Council who applied for this grant, will create a wonderful asset for our community.  What it looks like depends upon us.  We need to be involved in the design process and the construction process.  It is all going to happen at break-neck speed, so don't put off penciling in your calendar to join us.  If you want to share your vision, please be there on June 11th.  Yes, it will be a long day, but it will not be without reward.  This isn't going to be a meeting that just leads to another meeting, and so on.  Pomegranate Center will come to some definitive design concept by the end of the day, and the next meeting they will present the plan.  It's like, boom boom boom, and then we start building.  If you're tired of inaction, you'll love the gang from Pomegranate.  I look forward to seeing you there.
Comment by Joann Kerr on May 18, 2011 at 1:18pm
Come to the public meetings and make sure the community hears that input. I am sure that is the hope, and the point of using Pomegranate Center helping with this process is because they build gathering places that take many uses into consideration. We reason we were invited to join this grant process was because we use the property for a festival. Please be a part of the public meetings and building; it will be fun.
Comment by Brooke Richardson on May 18, 2011 at 12:46pm

Wow this sounds great! 


I would hope it would provide a place for people to have gatherings like barter fairs, outdoor performances, festivals, social events, a place to meet people in the neighborhood, a place to talk with local residents.

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