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Cortona SAYS:
Hello Parklet Supporters! I…
Hello Parklet Supporters!

I hope all is well with each of you as the summer begins to fade. We have some exciting news to share, including our upcoming grand opening!

Project Updates

We Met Our Fundraising Goal!
Our project is absolutely, completely, 100% fully funded!!! We were able to raise $15,000 for the project through the generosity of folks like you. That's exactly the amount we needed to guarantee the parklet would happen. Holy cow! A HUGE thanks to each of you for contributing and sending positive vibes our way.

We Got a Grant!
We were recently awarded a Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The funds will serve as a great financial cushion for the project, and have allowed us to make some strategic design upgrades.

We've Broken Ground!
SDOT issued us a building permit in mid-August and construction started up almost immediately! Drive/walk/bike/rollerskate/skip past the site at 25th & Union over the next few weeks and see our incredible building team from Ten Penny Studio hard at work. Say hi and give them a thumbs up if you feel inspired.

Save The Date!

Community Art Event
Join us this coming Sunday, 9/14 as we gather at Cortona for a community art event for the parklet. Stop by between 2-5pm to paint a piece of glass tile that will be incorporated into a centerpiece mosaic. Big thanks to the folks at Pratt Fine Arts Center for supporting this community art project! Bring a friend! Bring your kids! Become a permanent piece of the parklet!

Grand Opening Party!
Help us make it official at our grand opening event on Sunday, 9/28 from 4-7pm. We'll have all the usual suspects--music, food, drinks, and an immense amount of parklet enthusiasm. Join our parklet team and the folks like you who have been an integral part of this project from the start to relax, celebrate, and cut some sort of giant red ribbon. Cortona Cafe - 25th Ave & E Union St in Seattle's Central District. 9/28, 4-7pm.

Once again, we cannot thank you enough for all of your support, encouragement and interest in this project since we started down this road six months ago. We are thrilled to be reaching the finish line, and to have such an incredible group of people along side us.

In gratitude and celebration,

The Whole Parklet Team
25th & Union Parklet

(PS, we owe some of you rewards for your donations. More information forthcoming!)
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Cortona SAYS:
Hi Parklet supporters! Than…
Hi Parklet supporters!

Thanks again for your donations to our parklet campaign! We officially hit our 50% mark this past week! We also submitted our street permit application to SDOT! Yahoo!

We'd like to take a quick second to express how impressed and grateful our parklet team has been by the support and encouragement from the local community, as well as folks that are sending positive vibes and donations from afar.
When we set out to build this project we knew that we'd need more than just financial support to make it happen. We would need a community of people who saw the opportunity and possibility, and who were willing to take action to do something truly great. We are delighted that you've chosen to be part of that community!

There is still more work to do!
If you live in the area, we encourage you to come out to our Fundraising Party tomorrow, Sunday, June 1st from 4-8pm at Cortona Cafe (25th & Union) in Seattle's Central District. We'll be having an art auction with some great pieces from local artists. In addition, there'll be music, bbq, drinks, a raffle and hopscotch for the kids! Join us for a lovely evening of community, fundraising and fun! And feel free to invite or bring others!

We hope to see you there, if nothing else to give you a big hug for your support thus far.

With much gratitude (and an equal amount of enthusiasm),

The 25th & Union Parklet Team
(Ice, Foxy, Jason, Amanda, Karen, Perry, Kelly, Christina, Danyale & Eric)

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Steve, Thank you for your i…

Thank you for your incredibly generous contribution of $100 to the 25th & Union Parklet!

Due in part to your donation, we've been able to raise over $2,800 in the first few days of our campaign! That means we're 26% toward our goal of raising $11,000 by June 1st. Think of all the framing lumber, brackets, pathway gravel and planter pots we can buy with that kind of money!

Your Rewards
Based on your donation level, we are happy to offer you a limited print of the final parklet design from our architect at Ten Penny Studio. Ten penny is a small, local design/build firm who also thinks the parklet is the bee's knees and has offered to do much of our design and construction pro bono. If you'd like to claim this reward, please send us your preferred mailing address at: We'll send you the print after our parklet opens in late July/early August.

Have you ever been into our cafe before? We're happy to also offer you the opportunity to come into Cortona for one free cup of coffee. Enjoy your twelve-ounce cup of drip either hot or iced (any time the shop's open) after June 1st. We'll keep a list of coffee-getters on-hand at the cafe and may even give you a hug or a high five for your generosity when you come in.

There's More to Do!
Our campaign runs through the end of May and we're going to have to work hard to maintain this incredible momentum to make sure we hit our goal. Know anyone who writes for an online publication? Are you part of a local community group? Please continue to help spread the word about our project and let us know if you think we should make a "pitch" to anyone.

Party Time
Please expect more information about our Fundraising Party in a few weeks. Until then, we invite you to save the date (June 1st, 4-8pm at Cortona) and start dreaming of bbq, white wine and fine art. Please also cross-your-fingers and get ready for an email in July about a Parklet Opening Party later this summer. (Eek!)

Thanks again for your donation, but even more-so for your belief in our project and your confidence in us as champions and stewards of this public space. We feel so blessed to be part of such a loving, giving community and look forward to hanging out together in the parklet as we strengthen the ties between the residents in our incredible neighborhood.

Warm wishes,

Ice, Foxy and Jason
+ the whole Parklet Team

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Steve Ghan
Richland, WA United States
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