project leader
Main Street Homer
location
419 West Main Street
(Downtown Homer)
latest update rss
Greenspace Workday on 2/4/18

the project

Help Main Street Homer create this . . .

. . . from this.

The lot on the corner of West Main and South 2nd Street (across from the fire station) is currently overrun with weeds and is a prominent eyesore as you enter our historic downtown square.  Jeane K. Judges is donating the land to Main Street Homer to beautify this space and return it to public use as a park.

The park design will be an open use space that will allow it to serve many functions including:

·      Event space for art and music festivals and other occasions.

·      Daily use as a green space park. 

·      Picnic venue.  An area will be provided for food truck vendors to operate.   Picnic tables will be placed under trees so patrons may eat in the park.

Hard surfaces will be added for pathway access, a sitting area, and a raised stage under the tree canopy.  The tree canopy combined with the downward slope of the property from east to west will create a natural amphitheater ideal to enjoy musical and other performances from a blanket on the lawn. 

the steps

The funds raised will be used to clear and grade the land, trim the large oak trees, install lighting, electrical outlets, irrigation, sodding, and hard surfaces for pathways and a stage area.  

why we're doing it

The new park will be a catalyst to advance Main Street Homer’s mission to revitalize downtown Homer through economic and cultural development, historic preservation, and advancement of the arts.   This park will greatly improve the look of our downtown by transforming a previous blighted lot into a beautiful park.  The open plan of the park will allow for daily use by the community to get away for a picnic meal or gather with friends in an inviting outdoor space with plenty of shade and sunshine.  Main Street Homer will manage the event use of the park and plans to host regular art and music festivals.  Downtown based events will help support a market for local artists to sell their creations and a place for musicians to perform thus fostering art-based businesses.  All these activities will make the park a place where people will regularly gather.  Where people gather – businesses prosper.  The regular flow of people to activities and events in the park will help support existing downtown businesses as park patrons shop and dine in the area.   In addition, the flow of people will draw new businesses to downtown to occupy and restore empty and neglected buildings thus preserving our historic downtown.

budget

Revised Budget 1.12.18

Brush Clearing, Grading, and Tree Trimming $4,000.00

Sodding & Irrigation $7,500.00

Electrical and Lighting $9,000.00

Pathways and Other Hard Surface Gathering Areas $11,000.00 

less funding received ($14,800)

Subtotal = $16,700

ioby Platform Fee $35

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $501

Total to raise = $17,236

 

Revised Budget 12.27.17

Brush Clearing, Grading, and Tree Trimming $4,000.00

Sodding & Irrigation $7,500.00

Electrical and Lighting $9,000.00

Pathways and Other Hard Surface Gathering Areas $11,000.00 

less funding received ($12,500) 

Subtotal = 19,000

ioby Platform Fee $35

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $570

Total to raise = $19,605

 

Revised Budget

Brush Clearing, Grading, and Tree Trimming $4,000.00

Sodding & Irrigation $7,500.00

Electrical and Lighting $9,000.00

Pathways and Other Hard Surface Gathering Areas $11,000.00 

less grant received ($10,000) 

Subtotal = 21,500

ioby Platform Fee $35

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $645

Total to raise = $22,180

 

Original Budget

Brush Clearing, Grading, and Tree Trimming $4,000.00

Sodding & Irrigation $7,500.00

Electrical and Lighting $9,000.00

Pathways and Other Hard Surface Gathering Areas $11,000.00 

Subtotal = $31,500

ioby Platform Fee $35

Donation Processing Fee of 3% $945

Total to raise = $32,480

 

updates

Greenspace Workday on 2/4/18

We had a great volunteer workday on Saturday 2/4/18 as we burned all of the brush piles and cleaned out all of the remaining underbrush on the lot. It's time to get the heavy equipment on site next and start the dirt work! 

Donate Now to Earn New Matching Grant Funds

Donations made February 1st through 15th will be matched dollar for dollar by the National Main Street organization.  Don't wait - we are in competition with other projects for these funds on a first-come, first-serve basis!

Check out the photo gallery to see early progress made with volunteer time and equipment.

The lot is already beginning to look much better with some volunteer time provided by Main Street Homer (thanks Jimmy Hand!) and the Town of Homer (thanks Lee Wells!) to clear some of the brush and remove the old chain link fence.

Our crowdfunding campaign is just started.

Help us make this fund raising drive a big success by donating now and sharing the link with all your friends.

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Joel T.
  • Linda A. McKenzie
  • Paula T. Crow
  • Vivian Hall
  • Marion Hall
  • Helen Hall
  • Levi Hall
  • Helen and 'Hamburger' Austin
  • Mark Crenshaw
  • Anonymous
  • Anita Clawson
  • The Personal Touch Hair Salon
  • Rusty Billings State Farm
  • Brandon Rich
  • Anna
  • Pat and Christy Gladney
  • Sadie F.
  • TR
  • Mary Hamil
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Turf and Landscape Solutions
  • Susan Tabor Herring
  • Jimmy & April Hand
  • Anonymous
  • Earlean Howard
  • Blair M.
  • Steven & Margaret K.
  • Jack Hightower
  • Anonymous
  • Devin Owens
  • Drake and Courtney Owens
  • Anonymous
  • Becky
  • Kimberly Butler
  • Band C Solutions - websites
  • Tommy Sanders
  • Maria and Scott Haynes
  • Billytusmc
  • Erin M
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Kevin and Deb Michael
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Pat and Christy Gladney
  • Mayor Roy Lewis
  • Mary W.
  • Amy L.
  • Susan Tabor Herring
  • Phil & Patricia (Michael) Schenck
  • Bill & Janice Copeland
  • John and Mary Louise Eaves
  • Orvell & Suzan Bryant
  • Mary Hand Kannard
  • David Michael
  • Angie Hand-Kline
  • Billy Hall
  • Hudson & Claire (Collier) M.
  • Brandon Rich
  • Bob & Debby Coffman
  • The Guardian-Journal
  • Ros Long
  • Joellyn and Gary Lewis
  • June McClure
  • Dogita Farms-Athens
  • Carrie Michael Bubenzer
  • JR
  • Michael Joe E
  • Mary Hamil
  • Ronald Day
  • Afton Owens Johnston
  • Dane O.
  • Dr. Bill and Denice Owens
  • Anonymous
  • Brian and Jeanne Flynn
  • Christy Hall
  • Florene Williamson (Houston)
  • Claudia Williamson
  • Debbie Barber
  • Anonymous
  • Karen Lee
  • Jimmy & April Hand

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