Finding funding: A panel discussion

Do you have an idea for a great neighborhood or community project, dreams for a bit of green space or a new recreation program? Berkeley Partners for Parks wants to help you get started and find funding. Mark your calendar for our March 19 meeting, 7 pm at the Berkeley Public Works Green Room, 1326 Allston, Berkeley. A panel will discuss funding sources including the UC Chancellor’s Partnership Grants and Northern California Grassroots Fund. BPFP’s member citizens groups will offer information on topics such as forming partnerships and finding volunteers.

Directions: Take Sacramento two blocks south from University, then Allston two blocks west. Park in the large Berkeley Corporation Yard parking lot on the south side of Allston just before the street ends. The meeting room is on the west (right) side of the parking lot. By bus, take the 51 on University Avenue to Acton Street, walk south two blocks, then right on Allston.

Along those same lines, if you have an idea for a summer youth-recreation program, check out Northern California Grantmakers’ Summer Youth Projects, http://www.ncg.org/. The deadline is March 1 to apply for grants of up to $1,000.

“Re-Storying” fo the Common… by BPFP President John Steere: Dec 6

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Just as our communities are becoming more multi-cultural, our experience of public open space and urban “greening” is become more multi-dimensional and participatory, reflecting an appeal to many purposes and sensibilities. Could we be entering a new era of the commons?….a deepening of our collective perception of public space to encompass the environment and its renewal? In the past half-century, we’ve expanded its definition from city parks, plazas, and playgrounds to a more vitalizing field of wildlife and creek corridors, wetlands and habitat restoration, greenways and paths, and community gardens. Why has this shift occurred….and how is our understanding of the commons evolving? What does it mean to the experience of community? What are the implications for the future of public open space? The presenter will reflect on these questions in the context of the restoration and “re-storying” of the commons and will draw on examples from his own city, Berkeley, and others in the East Bay.

John Steere is an environmental planner whose 20-year career spans public, private, and non-profit sectors of land use and resource management planning. An environmental planning consultant, he is the author of the award-winning Restoring the Estuary and numerous articles on habitat partnerships. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard College and a joint Masters degree in city and regional planning and landscape architecture from University of California at Berkeley. Active in urban habitat, greening, and park issues, he has helped develop a couple parks in the community, is the founder of East Bay Citizens for Creek Restoration, and serves on the boards of Livable Berkeley and Berkeley Partners for Parks.

This talk is part of the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Colloquium (LD ARCH 253), taught by Georgia Silvera.

BPFP mailing party

Help us with our mailing, and enjoy pizza and homemade goodies.

A short board meeting will also occur.

Meet at 6:30 pm at Live Oak Park, Monday, November 20.