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Saturday morning, December 15, 2012, will be remembered as a very happy day in Brisbane...as it marks the day that Brisbane finally got its new playground! A project that has been in the works for the past 5 years, and picking up remarkable steam in 2012 thanks to the involvement of the Mothers of Brisbane with staff, along with the Playground Design Subcommittee of Commissioners Marmion and Bologoff, and of course, the Brisbane City Council who ultimately approved the project at their meeting of May 7, 2012.
For a playground which consisted of two phases - the expansion of the existing playbox and the build-out of a portion of the grassy area for the new, 3-bay swing set, funding was a major component for the project advancing forward. The total project cost ended up being approximately $229,000. Sixty-nine percent, or $158,000 of that was covered by Seton Medical Center Foundation, thanks to The Kennedy Trust, a fund which Frank and Mae Walch assumed custody over when Frank was on the Seton Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. Frank and Mae Walch were former Brisbane residents, and therefore ensured that what came to be known as the Brisbane Community Fund restricted account was only used on items that promoted health-related programs for the citizens of Brisbane. A proposal to use the remaining funds on a new community playground was approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
The next largest funding "bucket" is due to the efforts of Mothers of Brisbane 2012 Fundraising Chair Jennifer Bousquet and Founding Member, Jessica Aloft. Together they made presentations to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, wrote letters to Brisbane businesses, and tirelessly reached out to community members about buying a gold donor star. In total, $33,400 was raised as a result of their efforts!
Next, the State Recycling Grant monies that the City had remaining, $23,156.56, was allocated for the playground. This was done after verifying with the manufacturer that the plastic parts of the playground were made from recycled plastic, qualifying the usage of these funds.
The City also allocated it's Dedicated Park In-Lieu Fees account, totaling $25,899.63, to the playground. Only $14,443.44 needed to be used from that account to cover the total cost of the playground project. Therefore, approximately $11,000 is remaining for application towards the next project that takes place in town. And we can't wait to get started! But in the meantime, enjoy the photos from last Saturday's Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony; the smiles on those little faces indicate that this playground was one that was worth waiting for!
Administrative Management Analyst Caroline Cheung, who worked on the project in close conjunction with City Engineer Randy Breault and Administrative Services Director Stuart Schillinger, welcomed everyone that came out for the event.
Mayor Cliff Lentz gave the offical Thank You's to so all the hands that enabled the playground to become a reality - from the Brisbane Lions Club, local contractor Mike Glynn and Kessel Crockett, the Mothers of Brisbane, Ken Bousquet, former Parks and Recreation Director Jim Skeels, the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Seton Medical Center Foundation, and the Public Works Dept.
Tina Ahn, Vice President of Development for Seton Medical Center Foundation, and Sister William Eileen Dunn (Seton Medical Center Foundation is a member of the Daughters of Charity Health System) listen to the Mayor's remarks along with Police Chief Lisa Macias, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Cris Hart (second row), and Brisbane Lions Club Past President Ernie Filippo.
Next, it was a suprise Volunteer of the Year ceremony! Jessica Aloft, longtime volunteer in the Community, was awarded as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for her creation of the "Tiny Tots" play gym program, "Music with Andrew" program for young children, seeing a need for a support system for new moms in town which led to the founding of the Mothers of Brisbane, and of course, helping guide the playground project along through all the various steps of the public process. Congratulations, Jessica!
Next up, it was time to play and break in Brisbane's newest playground!
Lastly, a group shot of Mayor Lentz with the Mothers of Brisbane, all of whom couldn't have been more pleased on that day.
Remember all the sand that was at the former play structure? Well thanks to Public Works, a portion of it has been brought back to use in the sand pit area. So, kids will soon have the ability to dig, build, and play in the sand once again. FYI, the new green jug filler located in the sand area should be used for sand and water play...not the drinking fountains anymore. The landscaping company the city contracts with will be blowing all the fallen leaves away from the play structure, so that it looks its best for its grand debut. Staff will be on-hand tomorrow to make sure the playground is wiped down from the morning dew and that spiral slide doesn't have a puddle at the end of it! We look forward to the playground finally being dedicated to the Community - join Mayor Lentz and all the other playground supporters for this splendid occasion - coffee, pastris, and donuts will be on-hand.
The skies remained dry for the latter half of Sunday, December 2nd. It's been a tradition for the past 26 years to host the City's annual Festival of Lights on the first Sunday in December. Holiday carolers make their way down Visitacion Ave. towards the Community Park, Santa makes a stop in town to light the Festival Tree, and performances by Brisbane's talented youth entertain the many that have come to watch the festivities along San Francisco St. It really is a unique celebration, and one which Brisbane resident Christina Florkowski photographed, so that we can all remember the special feeling we felt that night when the Community came together. Thank you, Christina, for capturing these fabulous shots for all of us to enjoy.
Brisbane Women's Club
Senior's Holiday Brunch
Sat., Dec. 15, 10 am, 185 Visitacion
Free For All Brisbane Seniors
Brisbane Women's Club
Sat., Dec. 15th, 1 - 3 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Brisbane Lions Club
Sun., Dec. 16th, 1 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Free for All Brisbane Seniors
We've been seeing stars lately! Not just in the sense of the five-pointed shape, but in the people working at the playground to get the project done!
Public Works Crewmembers Ramiro Ibarra and Dustin Cohn assisted with pumping out rainwater from what will be the sand box area on Thursday morning.
With a more dry surface to work with, the contractors were able to start laying down the base mat layer for the rubber surfacing, which is made out of recycled tires.
The finished base mat for the swing area is ready to get its second layer applied.
But before the color is applied, the white stars are formed with a template.
It takes two people to get the job done most effectively.
So that the result is a perfect cookie-cutter like star!
Earlier this morning, local contractor Mike Glynn started applying the gold donor stars to the concrete seat wall with a heavy-duty expoxy. Kessel Crockett has been carefully mounting each of the 210 gold donor stars since then.
The contractor will be done applying the rubber surfacing on Monday, at which time it needs time to fully cure. So, the fence will still be up until the end of the week.
The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be taking place on Saturday, December 15th, starting at 10:00am. Make sure you come out to for the official dedication of Brisbane's newest playground!
Updated 12/12/12: Current pics of the playground after the rubber surfacing was installed by TotTurf.
City of Brisbane
Please Drop Off Your Holiday
Toy, Food and Warm Coat Donations
at City Hall, 50 Park Lane
Brisbane Lions Club
Annual Student Speaker Contest
Open to local high school students. Space limited
Register by Jan 18th
Info: 650.541.8433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brisbane School District
Re: Possible Merger of Bayshore and Brisbane
Tonight, 6 - 8:30 pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Water Bills are
Due December 5th
Brisbane Dance Workshop 3rd Annual
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
Sat., Dec. 8th, 11 am - 5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Featuring handmade items by local artists and craftpersons
In the spirit of giving this holiday season and giving back to the Community, Ann Lloyd of Lloyds Jewelry in Brisbane (located at 106 Old County Rd. in the Brisbane Village Shopping Center), will donate 10% of the amount of your purchases to the Community Club Or Organization of your choice. These donations will be made by Lloyds on behalf of the persons purchasing the merchandise. This offer will be going on through Christmas. Also, from now until Christmas, they will pay the sales tax!
Also, Lloyds will be having a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 22nd from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. The whole Community is invited.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday - Closed
Please call Ann at (415) 467-7375 or (415) 999-0748 for more information.
Ann hard at work, while customers browse her many custom pieces.