5 gathering places built in 6.5 weeks!
October 5th, 2011
- used 20 gallons of paint and 18 gallons of wood preservative
- mixed 473 bags of concrete by hand
- placed 67 tons of rock
- spread 81 cubic yards of soil
- painted 45,000 dots
- carved 350 sq. feet of cedar
- created 500 feet of paths
- made 44 benches, 20 on wheels
- planted 500 plants
- built 5 gathering places!
Sumner Mainstreet Alley Project
Over 75 people volunteered over 1,200 hours
More than 75 citizens of Sumner transformed an ordinary alley into a space that expresses the unique character of their downtown. This gathering place is an intimate and attractive area that is a signature artistic element for tourism, photo ops and more.
Mercer Island Early Learning Garden
Over 60 people volunteered over 900 hours
Through the use of all different sorts of materials – rebar, concrete tiles, clay, dogwood twigs, painted banners, cedar and rock – the garden supports various learning styles through sensory exploration, intimate reading spaces, and a gathering space for storytelling, programs and the enjoyment of nature.
Hunter Tree Farm Gathering Place
Over 200 people volunteered over 3,200 hours
Starting by defining the existing space, edges of the gathering place include the installation of composting walls and organized patterns of plants of different colors and textures. Wooden poles were adorned with birdhouses, lights, colors and objects donated to the project by the community. Benches made with wood and bicycle wheels are the movable seating for a brand new amphitheater.
132nd Square Park Gathering Place
Over 175 people volunteered 1,700 hours
This park now has a picnic shelter made of cedar with a granite tile and sage green quartzite floor, a crushed gravel walking path, a stone wall and story-telling circle made of limestone, slate and donated rocks, benches and tables made of cedar and beautiful hand painted banners.
Factoria Outdoor Gathering Place
As Pomegranate Center’s 2011 Dig Fund Project, an acre and a half of underused green space was converted into a public amenity. The plot is owned by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and the congregation made a commitment to work with Factoria neighbors and businesses to turn the precious corner into a community gathering space with an amphitheater, picnic shelter, gateway and orchard labyrinth.