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Jefferson School Playground

Before KaBoom!Eureka turned out yesterday to help the Westside Community Improvement Association transform the Jefferson School outdoor play area.  Look and be impressed at what community collaboration can accomplish. Thanks to Richard Evans and Kathy Srabian for the pix.  Before –>

And after:

And after.

Awesome job. Simply awesome!

  1. tra
    July 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Really inspiring!

    This goes right at the top of the “and they said it couldn’t be done” pile.

  2. What Now
    July 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for the posts, Heraldo.

  3. Eric Kirk
    July 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    It’s a great accomplishment, for the organizers and for the community.

  4. retired guy
    July 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    This is a great accomplishment. To all the naysayers–boo to you. It’s really nice to see some good news for a change.

  5. Anonymous
    July 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    This goes right at the top of the “and they said they didn’t want to pay for it.” pile.


  6. Anonymous
    July 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Wrong 321. HiFi said it couldn’t be done but if it was he would volunteer to help. Haven’t heard that he’s volunteered anything except more sneers.

  7. Eric Kirk
    July 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Well for all we know he DID volunteer. Virginia B and Matthew were there. Marion Brady as well. Of course Linda Atkins was there. Probably other pols as well.

    Didn’t see Dave Tyson there. Maybe the next event.

  8. Heidi Benzonelli
    July 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Everyone showed up! The veterans house, Faith Center house, rescue mission, members of roteract and interact, comfortable efficiency, archangel builders, welliver construction, obd plumbing, hiney painting, evergreen construction and sooooo many neighbors familys, kids, it was just awesome!!!! So many businesses donated, bien padre, eureka natural foods, New Moon, smugs, piersons, vellutinis baking company, costco, cash and carry, murphy’s, manhard, parker and sons, red cross, salvation army, banana hut, chapala, northsoles, belle star, pleasure center, arrow properties, hummingbird healing, angelo’s, applebees. [Add to the list dons rent all, the party place, b&b portables, accident gallery and still more!] the list goes on and on and on and on OMG!!! We have not finalized the costs but we have come within a few hundred dollars of covering all of the expenses for planning and hosting this incredible event. The neighbors were unbelievable, people chaired committees and organized that have never done this type of community service, bake sales, car washes, rummage sales, tabling at every event in town. WOW, WOW, just WOW….WOW!

  9. Heidi Benzonelli
    July 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    btw tons and tons of pictures here

  10. Joel Mielke
    July 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Well done!

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  12. Anonymous
    July 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Wrong 321. HiFi said it couldn’t be done

    4:59, I’ve got a shocker for you. HiFi is a single person, not a “they.” The implication when you say “they,” is that you are referring to the Eureka City Council, which, of course, never claimed it couldn’t be done. They just didn’t want to pay for it. When you made the claim, I presumed you knew the history of the project. My apologies.

  13. Eric Kirk
    July 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    It was a little more complicated than that 10:32, but this is a time for celebrating. The politics are hopefully over for awhile, but if not, they can wait.

  14. tra
    July 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Well I’m the one who said “they said it couldn’t be done.” I didn’t specifically mean HiFi, and I didn’t specifically mean the City Council.

    In the wake of the City pulling its support there were also some folks saying that “it couldn’t be done” once the City had pulled out, that the City’s pullout essentially doomed the whole effort, but I wasn’t specifically referring to those folks either.

    I just meant that, in general, it looked like the WCIA had quite a steep hill to climb to be able to come up with the money to buy the place, and to renovate it, or at least to do so as quickly as they did.

    I don’t necessarily blame anyone for doubting whether the the effort would succeed, because I had doubts myself. I didn’t think it was hopeless, but I wouldn’t have been shocked if the effort faltered, or at least took a lot longer to get to the point where we are now.

    In fact I think some of the WCIA folks themselves have been pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of community support and the way it has all come together so quickly. Of course that didn’t just happen, it was the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people, and everyone who contributed time, money, and effort deserves the credit.

    So my comment wasn’t meant as a “slam” against anybody, it was just meant as a celebration that given the significant challenges, things seem to be working out really well.

  15. Amanda
    July 16, 2012 at 3:07 am

    It’s so nice to see the good STAA trucks can bring to the area!

  16. Gil Yule
    July 16, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Having spent a lifetime watching “do-gooders” being beaten back by the powers that be I’m sorry to say that I was one of those pessimists figuring it simply wasn’t going to happen.

    I couldn’t be more happy to have been proven wrong. An amazing group. An amazing ongoing effort and we have allgained something thanks to Heidi and WCIA.

  17. Heidi Benzonelli
    July 16, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Add to the list dons rent all, the party place, b&b portables, accident gallery and still more!

  18. July 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

    There is nothing more wonderful than a community pulling together to accomplish something. Here public space remains public and has been improved through the combined efforts of the many. As Heidi said, “The neighbors were unbelievable,” I would added, “because they proved there is something to believe in.” Thank you one and all.

  19. Anonymous
    July 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    What an incredible day. Thanks WCIA and Heidi

  20. Anonymous
    July 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Can You please post the foto’s to FLICKR?

  21. skippy
    July 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks, Heidi and the WCIA, and to the couple of hundred volunteers who turned out– and the sponsors, donors, and the 16 committee chairs making it all happen. This has been an amazingly impressive endeavor we’ve been watching since the beginning. Heraldo and Mitch, thanks for keeping us updated.

    We added a bit more here at the Sentinel. Hopefully we’ll add some pictures once the Editor returns, wherever he went off to.

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