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Steamboat Alley is already marking progress following Toledo’s BIG Community meeting. Jamie Cummings says:
So here's where Steamboat Alley stands after the Big Community Meeting...
Rachel Phillips has donated two chair and table bench sets that I'm going to repaint, recover with outdoor upholstery, and use as temporary seating in the alley with information about the future plans for Steamboat Alley and how to get involved sealed on the table tops.
Sheila Richardson has offered to print pamphlets with the same information for people to take with them, but I don't have anything to display them. So that's the first thing we're looking for: a weather-resistant pamphlet display of some sort. It can be free-standing or we can attach it to a chair or table, but people need to be able to get dry pamphlets out of it.
Joh Jones has offered her pavers, and Bob Severson has offered sand, so as soon as the city has finished repairing the sewer line, we're set with supplies to install a floor.
Rick and Tonya Lovell have offered a ship's wheel for the entryway and pallets that we can use to build bench seats and replica shipping crates.
Gary and Kathy Whiteside have offered four large smokestack crown pieces that were built for the steamboat used in the 1994 film, Maverick. They weren't in the plans, but they're really cool, so we're going to figure out a way to integrate them.
Paola Suculima de la Concha has offered her expertise as a muralist with Colectivo Tomate (www.colectivotomate.com) to do something interesting with the plaster wall on the northwest side of the alley.
That brings us to the second thing we can use in the shorter term: exterior paint and brushes. This is less pressing, as we don't have a design yet, but it's something that can happen before the city is finished with the sewer line, and it would really spruce up a sizable part of downtown, as more than two thirds of the wall is visible from Ramsey Way, and it currently looks less than awesome.
For a preliminary design idea, I'd like to see the wall tell the story of Toledo's founding as a river town, starting with the bateaux and canoes of the Cowlitz Indians and fur traders and leading to the steamboat era expanded upon in the alley itself. This is a VERY rough idea though, so please let me know if you have ideas that we can integrate.
We have offers of labor from a bunch of people, and while I think they meant building things, what we need right now is research and contacts. (We'll need physical labor, too, just not quite yet.) We have some amazing offers of supplies, but we're still looking for barrels of all kinds, crates, rope, lumber, hardware, plywood, potting soil, plants, planters, sheet metal, metal tubing, and steamboat parts. If you know anyone who might be willing to donate something to this project, please talk to them, or let me know and I'll contact them.
That said, I don't think we're going to find people to donate all the supplies the project will need, so we're also looking for sources of money. If you come across potential funding for parks or historical displays or anything we can reasonably ascribe to this project, please let me know. Likewise, if you have any experience with grant proposals or know someone who does that would be willing to help us out, please contact me.
Should you or anyone you know choose to make one, tax-deductible donations via check or money order can be sent to Vision:Toledo, P.O. Box 874, Toledo, WA 98591. Specify Steamboat Alley in the memo line on the check, and include a note if you need a donation letter to claim it on your taxes.
We're off to an excellent start, and I'm so grateful for the enthusiasm the community has shown for this project so far. I'll try not to bombard you with emails, but feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, ideas, requests, or generous offers of goods and services.
Thanks again for your generosity, Jamie Cummings
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