Steve Heuring (pictured on the right) with Club President Earl Murray Jr., was our guest speaker at this morning's meeting. Steve is on the Board of Directors as the President of the Vandenberg Village Association.
 

Steve talked to the members about the Vandenberg Village Park & Playground Coalition Project.

A long-term goal of the Vandenberg Village Association (VVA) has been to build a small playground specifically for the 1 – 6 year olds here in the Village. We referred to this play area as a “Tot-Lot”. Finding a small piece of property that was centrally located here in Vandenberg Village proved to be rather illusive.

In 2013, we became aware that the Alexander property was up "For Sale". It is located between our Shopping Center and the Coast Hills Credit Union. Their sign stated that Churches, Non-profits, and government entities would be given a good deal. Hoping that we could acquire a small piece of this property, we solicited the help of our 3rd District Supervisor, asking if Santa Barbara County would look into purchasing a piece of this property. After a bit of negotiation, the Reid Alexander Family trust donated 1.5 acres to Santa Barbara County (SBC) and in-turn to the residents of Vandenberg Village for the purpose of building a Park and Playground.

This was quite a bit larger than we (VVA) were looking for, but it was decided to not look a gift horse in the mouth. However, before the donation would be accepted by SB County, they needed assurances that the residents of Vandenberg Village would step up to fund the construction of this new park. To facilitate this effort the VVA reached out to other community organizations (Village Lions, Village Rotary Club, plus others) to form the Vandenberg Village Park & Playground Coalition.

Over the last four years, we have incorporated as a 501.c.3 non-profit organization, raised awareness of our effort, solicited in-put from Village residents and had some success raising funds. In 2016, we were able to acquire a topographical survey which was essential to begin the park design phase.

In January of 2017 we hired Firma, a Landscape Architectural company to help us with a preliminary design of our park. In November, after several iterations we were able to developed the final Concept Design and a cost estimate. We still have some fine detail design and engineering work that needs to be accomplished, but the attached drawing gives a very good indication has to how our park and playground will look when completed.

Your generous donation is absolutely imperative to ensure the successful completion of this new addition to our community. Your donations will go directly to the cost of construction, playground equipment and park amenities.

The park will accommodate the needs of all residents – benefitting the young and old residents alike. We hope to incorporate the latest in ADA playground equipment and other park amenities.

Our initial fund raising effort of $75,000 is to cover the cost of site preparation, additional landscape design, engineering, and biological services.

Of course none of this will be possible unless we raise sufficient funds to pay for it. We are working on grant applications from various organizations - but it is highly unlikely that those will cover the full cost of building our park and playground. When need your help!

Your generous donation is absolutely imperative to ensure the succesfull completion of this new addition to our community. Your donations will go directly to the cost of construction, playground equipment and park amenities.

Your generous donation is absolutely imperative to ensure the successful completion of this new addition to our community. Your donations will go directly to the cost of construction, playground equipment and park amenities.

In 2013, we became aware that the Alexander property was up "For Sale". It is located between our Shopping Center and the Coast Hills Credit Union. Their sign stated that Churches, Non-profits, and government entities would be given a good deal. Hoping that we could acquire a small piece of this property, we solicited the help of our 3rd District Supervisor, asking if Santa Barbara County would look into purchasing a piece of this property. After a bit of negotiation, the Reid Alexander Family trust donated 1.5 acres to Santa Barbara County (SBC) and in-turn to the residents of Vandenberg Village for the purpose of building a Park and Playground.

For additional details and information please visit our web site at www.vvppc.org.

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village members would like to thank Steve for an informative update about the Park & Playground project.

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