We got on the agenda for Feb. 3!

Boulevard Woods was officially added to the agenda for a final Mayor and Commission vote on Feb. 3 at tonight’s agenda setting meeting.

This happened without objection—and is a positive sign (but no guarantee) for the likely outcome at the Mayor and Commission’s Feb. 3 regular session meeting.

We’ll have more updates coming soon, but mark your calendars! We’ll need supporters on hand at the next Mayor and Commission meeting—Tuesday, Feb. 3, at City Hall, starting at 7 pm.

Here’s a link to remarks made at the agenda setting meeting  in support of Boulevard Woods.

Boulevard Woods is coming up at agenda setting meeting

Next week, at the Mayor and Commission’s agenda setting meeting, Boulevard Woods will likely take another step closer to becoming a real park. At its Tuesday, Jan. 20  meeting, the Mayor and Commission will consider a motion to include Boulevard Woods in its regular session agenda for Feb. 3.

If Boulevard Woods does get on the agenda for the regular session—and that seems likely at this point—then the Mayor and Commission will vote Feb. 3 to give final approvals to the project.

A few project organizers will be present at the agenda setting meeting to speak briefly in support of the project and be on hand to answer any questions. It doesn’t seem necessary to flex lots of neighborhood and community muscle in support of the project at this meeting. But if you’re interested, please join us.

The agenda setting meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20 at City Hall. The meeting starts at 7 pm.

The fact that Boulevard Woods is coming up at the agenda setting meeting means that a lot of behind-the-scenes work has been accomplished since our fundraising efforts concluded successfully about three months ago in October.

Josh Koons and staff at Koons Environmental Design, Inc. have done lots of work in preparing final construction drawings. Staff in Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services, Planning, Transportation and Public Works departments and the Manager’s and Attorney’s Offices have also done much to finalize agreements and plans. ACC Commissioners Kelly Girtz and Jared Bailey and former Commissioner Kathy Hoard played key roles in keeping the project moving forward.

Athens Land Trust, Inc. provided lots of help during this phase, too—and are continuing to do so. The same is true for Boulevard Neighborhood Association’s steering committee.

We’ll keep you posted.

FYI, you can find the draft agenda report on Boulevard Woods here.

We’ve reached our goal!

$97,527 — what it will cost to build Boulevard Woods

$102,463.05 — what we’ve raised in total (less expenses)

$ 0— what we needed to raise by Friday, October 31, 2014 (our fundraising deadline)

$18,998.44— what we’ve raised since Wednesday, October 1, 2014*

4  — number of days ahead of schedule that we reached our goal

We’ve now achieved our fundraising goal. Actually, we’ve exceeded it a little. (It’s hard to suppress using capital letters, boldface and  lots of exclamation marks, so we won’t: YES!!!!!!!)

We won’t do a final reckoning of what we’ve raised until after October 31, which was our deadline for this last fundraising push. Some contributions may still be en route. But not to worry. Everyone who contributes before the end of the year will be listed as a contributor on this web site and on park signage, and all contributions will be used for the park.

Whatever we don’t or can’t spend to construct the basic park, will be reserved in a earmarked fund for Boulevard Woods at the Athens Land Trust, Inc. for use in the future for improvements such as a community-created mosaic or a terraced woodland gathering space.

Thanks to everyone who contributed. You did it, and you did it ahead of schedule!

Wow.

Just wow, everybody!!!

* — As some contributions are still coming in, we’ll update this number again soon.