Peter Schuyler via Crowdrise
November 16, 2011
BENEFITING: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
ORGANIZER: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2011
I remember playing on a bridge over a creek in Mission Canyon (as well as hopping on boulders and playing in the water!) when I was only a few feet tall. Well, that bridge, the Campbell Bridge, burned two years ago when the Jesusita Fire swept through the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and left only ashes.
In much of the Garden, the plants are resprouting and growing anew and seeds are germinating. But the bridge will only come back if we take action and rebuild it. I say "we" - not necessarily because I am actually going to pound nails (although who knows? - I might!) but because as a new member of the Botanic Garden Board of Trustees I have joined a group of fellow board members, staff, Garden friends, community members and visitors who want to make it happen. Please JOIN us!
This isn’t just any bridge. It is not only a physical bridge that connects opposite sides of the Garden by allowing the non-boulder hopping folks equal opportunity to reach the other side, it is also an opportunity to build a healing bridge – one that can help bring the Santa Barbara community and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden back together after recent years of discord, hard words and hard feelings.
The Campbell Bridge, designed by Lockwood de Forest Jr. and designated by the County of Santa Barbara as a historic landmark, links our present to our past and allows our community to experience the essence and heart of the Garden. Back in 1941, when Ina Therese Campbell made a donation to build the bridge to allow everyone to explore the Garden, she may never have envisioned the hundreds of thousands of visitors who have since crossed the bridge to experience some of California’s many habitats including a riparian canyon, a redwood forest, a colorful meadow and a desert. Let’s build on that legacy and restore the Garden to a complete whole once again.
When flames swept through the canyon, the bridge burned. Gone. We have the plans, the permits and a timetable to rebuild the bridge. However, to make it actually once again span Mission Creek we need your help. We are asking as many people as we know to make a gift (whether it be small, medium or large – all are gratefully appreciated and are tax deductible) so the bridge can be open for crossing by December 31, 2012. We need to raise $80,000 and are well over a third of the way there already. You can donate on line now by clicking on the orange button (above to the right) or you can mail a contribution (Please write 'Campbell Bridge/Peter’ in the memo line) to:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
As the garden starts to approach its 100 year anniversary in the community (we are a vibrant 85 right now!) your demonstration of support for rebuilding the bridge and reengaging with the Garden is as equally important as the amount of any gift you may be able to make. I personally think the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is one of the gems of our community (which is blessed with innumerable cultural and natural treasures!) and I want to help ensure a strong and dynamic future for the Garden, in whatever way I can. Looking forward to wandering on the Campbell Bridge with you next year!
THANK YOU! - Peter