Save Gossage Garden! Volunteer Work Party
Saturday at 10 AM – 2 PM
Gossage Garden, F St at Alabama St.
Calling all friends of the Lettered Streets! Due to various changes over the last several years to the stewardship agreement, volunteer requirements, city involvement and financial status, the grounds at our beloved Gossage Garden are in need of a major clean-up. The current state is so poor that the Parks & Recreation Department would like to take over what is left of the garden beds and convert them to low-maintenance basics and/or sod. Fortunately, they have offered us a chance to save our memorial garden and prove we can rehabilitate and maintain this unique and treasured pocket park for our neighbors to enjoy indefinitely.
Does Gossage Garden hold a special place in your memories? Does the thought of a tiny English garden wonderland hiding inside what was previously a barren traffic triangle make you smile? Do you just find it satisfying to pull weeds and trade stories with your neighbors? Come share in the revitalization of Gossage Garden, beginning Saturday, May 4th, when we will weed and clean up the garden beds. We will also have sign up sheets and idea boards for you to share your vision for the garden, as well as light refreshments. Gossage Garden’s 20+ year founding steward will be on hand to offer guidance and to generously regale us with stories of the pocket park and neighborhood history.
All volunteers should be prepared to sign a waiver and record time spent. Some tools and gloves will be provided by the Parks & Rec Department, but you are also encouraged to bring (and label!) your own tools for your comfort and to make sure we have enough for everybody. Parking at Gossage is extremely limited – please walk or use alternative transportation if possible, and reserve the garden parking spaces for folks carting extra tools and supplies or requiring accommodation.
RSVP or check for more info at the Facebook Event
Next Board Meeting:
Tuesday, May 14
First Congregational Church – 2401 Cornwall Ave.
Room 11 (basement classroom with stained-glass windows)
Please Note: There will be no programming at this meeting, just general board business. Interested members of the community are always welcome to attend and this is a great way to get involved! If you would like to present to our board, please email us in advance to request time on our agenda.
About the Lettered Streets Neighborhood
The Lettered Streets Neighborhood is situated on the Salish Sea and the ancestral territories of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. Early white settlers built sawmills near the mouth of Whatcom Creek in the 1850s and established the town of Whatcom, later incorporated into the City of Bellingham in 1903. Forming the first neighborhood in Bellingham, the Lettered Streets were built on bluffs overlooking the mudflats of Bellingham Bay and along the northern shore of Whatcom Creek. Today, the neighborhood has a mix of businesses and offices, schools, small parks, and single family homes and midsize apartment buildings housing over 800 households.
The Lettered Streets Neighborhood Association creates opportunities for shared learning and community building in this place we call home. We aim to build a sense of place and connection in our neighborhood. The board is composed of renters and homeowners spanning multiple generations. All residents within the boundaries of the Lettered Streets Neighborhood are considered members of the Association and are entitled to a voice and vote in organizational matters.
We welcome your participation in our informational meetings and social gatherings. Please contact us anytime at Lettered.Streets@gmail.com.