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Community garden gets surprise money, govt. support

  • Subject: [cg] Community garden gets surprise money, govt. support
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005 11:09:32 -0800 (PST)

Sonoma, California, Index-Tribune

Council pledges money for garden

By Joshua Coman Index-Tribune Staff Writer

01.28.05 - In a surprise to supporters of the Sonoma
Garden Park, members of the Sonoma City Council at
their meeting on Jan. 19 vowed to give the nonprofit
group leasing the city-owned park $18,000 during the
upcoming year.

According to Mayor Larry Barnett, councilmembers
"unofficially" committed to giving the Sonoma Ecology
Center money to support the programs at the park,
which is located on Seventh Street East between
MacArthur Street and Denmark Street.

Barnett said that while councilmembers are comfortable
in providing the group with funding, the decision that
was made was to provide money for only one year.

The cash will be given to the group after a new
two-year budget is in place, Barnett said.

"Unless something new comes out of the woodwork - I
expect that commitment will be (honored)," Barnett

The vow to give the nonprofit leasing the park money
came during discussions on the proposed "Master Plan"
for the development of the property.

Councilmembers were asked whether they wanted to
include in the lease with the Sonoma Ecology Center a
house that is also on the property.

The request that the house, currently being rented to
a city employee, be placed under the control of the
Sonoma Ecology Center was denied.

Talks also focused on what type of sanitary facilities
the group would be allowed to install at the park and
the number of events and activities the group has
planned for the property.

The Sonoma Garden Park, formerly known as the Pauline
Bond Community Garden, occupies five of the six acres
of land that were willed to the city in 1979 by
Pauline Bond.

Bond gave the city the land with the requirement that
it be preserved as a public park.

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