Kirkland Parks Foundation is partnering with Seattle Tilth to build a learning garden at McAuliffe Park.
The total cost to construct the learning garden is $15,980 and includes items such as a drip irrigation system, machinery, trellis materials, wheelbarrows, gardening tools, wood for raised beds and labor. With some funds and volunteer labor already secured, Kirkland Parks Foundation is committed to raising the remaining $7,800 needed in order to complete the project.
Building the learning garden will continue the historic legacy of McAuliffe Park which was established as a farm in 1887. This garden is one small step toward fulfilling the McAuliffe Master Plan.
Please consider donating to make this significant addition to our community a reality.
Let’s build a garden!
The learning garden is the first phase of developing McAuliffe Park into an education center and urban farm for the community. It’s part of a broader agreement between the City of Kirkland and Seattle Tilth; the original agreement was approved in November 2014.
Through your generous support, we are proud to announce that over the past year, Seattle Tilth has engaged more than 200 volunteers in building and maintaining a successful learning garden at McAuliffe Park.
Together with the help of many hardworking volunteers, Seattle Tilth designed and constructed the learning garden, planted crops and perennial shrubs, installed a drip irrigation system and developed educational signage, while providing educational opportunities for volunteers and community members in the process. For the Kirkland and Eastside community, the learning garden now offers a unique space to take hands-on classes and learn all about organic gardening and resource conservation, to engage community members of all ages in service learning, and to grow healthy food that is donated to Hopelink’s Kirkland/Northshore Foodbank. To view the estimated in comparison with the actual budget, please click here. To view Seattle Tilth's final report, click here.
Official check presentation. Left to right: Jenny Schroder - Kirkland Parks and Community Services; Emily Hudspeth, Dana Nunnelly & Sally Otten - Kirkland Parks Foundation; Andrea Dwyer & Chris Hoffer - Seattle Tilth and Nona Ganz - Kirkland Parks Foundation here
Q: What if I want to donate a custom amount?
A: Make a donation through our general donation page. Make sure to note in the "comments" section that you want your donation to go toward the Learning Garden.
Q: Is the design complete?
A: Not yet. Once funds are raised the design process will begin.
Q: Will there be a water supply close to the garden?
A: Yes. The garden will need a reasonable water source. The current thought is to build economical drip irrigation.
Q: What is the Bankcard Fee in the budget?
A: As we process donation given via credit card we pay a fee to the processing bank.
Q: When will the Learning Garden be completed?
A: If the fundraising goes as planned, it will likely be competed and in use by the Spring of 2016.
Q: What if the community does not come up with the funds necessary to complete the project?
A: If there are not sufficient funds, and the Learning Garden is not built, donors will be contacted by the Kirkland Parks Foundation and given the choice of either changing the designated use of the funds or receiving a 100% refund.