Splash Pad News – October 2000

Editor’s note: This edition of the Splash Pad News was recovered from a back-up drive. 

In case you missed it, the Chalk Festival was a huge success. The art work was so well received we got permission from Caltrans to preserve
the six drawings that were done on pillars under the freeway. It really brightens up the space and illustrates the value of doing more art work
as part of the long range Splash Pad project.

Speaking of which, Danny Wan ( the new District 2 council member) is anxious to see the project underway as soon as possible. Representatives of the Splash Pad Forum will be meeting with him this week along with staff from the Life Enrichment Agency and the Department of Public Works. We hope to have an approximate time-line to report in the very near future. While we wait for work to begin, we’d like to do what we can do to temporarily spruce up the park and the areas immediately surrounding it.

We’ve scheduled a work party for Saturday, October 28th from 1 to 3:30. We’ll be cleaning the perimeter around Lakeview School including the front embankment and the Grand Avenue freeway offramp. If you can volunteer, please give me a call for further information.

We also need volunteers to help at the farmers market Halloween festival on the morning of the 28th. They’re planning a variety of activities including
pumpkin decorating and a contest to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin with a $100 prize. We’ve promised 4 to 6 SPNF members to help kids make
their very own scarecrows. The farmers market is providing the straw and all the other materials (except for the clothes) and we’re going to distribute flyers at Lakeview School.

P.S. One other note. The Lakeshore Merchants Association also has their annual Halloween parade for tiny tots in costume on the morning of the 28th. It begins at the corner of Lakeshore & Mandana. I believe the starting time is 9:00, but if you’re interested, please double-check with the posters on the Lakeshore store fronts.