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Joy Ave Pathway and Edible Forest Garden


Joy Ave Pathway Dedication

Thank you to everyone who helped dedicate the pathway and garden in June, 2013!  Above: Peter Guttchen (L) and Mike Dexel (R) unveiling the Joy Ave Interpretive Sign. .
 
 
Pictured above, clockwise from the top left: John Abbot, Jack Horton, Chuck Schultz, one of the 'kids', Mark Lally, Aidan Lally, Peter Guttchen, Fergus Fuess watching Retro and Ding Dong (baby goats), and a mom & daughter watching the grazing goats nibble on blackberry bushes

Your neighbors have turned an empty lot into a beautiful walking path and garden!

Key Project Proposals

* Build a 6 foot wide gravel path connecting Bethel Street NE to Tullis Street NE along the Joy Avenue right of way.

* Bring in goats (yes goats!) from Rick Mansfield and his "kids" to eradicate the blackberries. 

* Remove dead wood and trash from the site.

* Install new native plants/trees.

Your Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA) has partnered with the City of Olympia over the last ten years to dramatically improve the walkability of our neighborhood. This has helped us make significant progress toward realizing the City’s community mobility goals and NENA’s vision of transforming our neighborhood into a beautiful and safe place for folks to get active and stay connected.

With the help of a generous grant from the City of Olympia's matching grant program, we are transforming this overgrown city-owned property into a functional connector pathway and safe walking route between Quince Street (a key feeder street for Reeves Middle School), and Bethel Street (a key feeder street for Roosevelt School). This path will encourage students to walk to school and provide a new option for folks to get around our neighborhood easier and safer.   Expected completion: November 2011

We Need Your Help!

This project is heavily reliant on people like you to pitch in and make this path a reality. While the city has provided funding for pathway materials and such, the labor is 100% volunteer efforts from the very people that you call your neighbors. Please join us for a Saturday morning or afternoon this summer and help make this pathway a reality. Check back regularly to learn about upcoming work parties or visit our kiosk at the SF Bakery.

If you have any comments or wish to provide feedback on our planting plan for this site, please email Mike Dexel, NENA President, at nenapresident@gmail.com

Click this link to see the front page article from The Olympian that appeared July 5, 2011:

 
To stay informed about this project, you can join the Joy Ave. Pathway Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/joyavepathway


Thank you for bringing joy to Joy!

Thank you to the more than 50 people who came out to help at the Joy Avenue Pathway and Edible Forest Garden work party on Saturday, June 10!  Together we laid down a mountain of cardboard and chips and busted a bevy of blackberries, grass, and other weeds.  A special and raucous round of applause and bravos are in the order for the following folks:

- The boys and staff from Touchstone and the students from Olympia High School for their hard work!
- The City of Olympia Parks Department and Jack Horton for loaning us their equipment!
- All the people that donated cardboard!
- Shawn White with White's Tree Care, and Ronnie with Olympia Tree Care for donating the chips!
- Pat Rasmussen and Derrick Rose for spending hours in the rain on Friday to get a head start on cutting back brush and laying down cardboard!

You can check out photos of the work party on our Facebook page. The pathway and garden links Bethel to Tullis Streets along the Joy Avenue right-of-way in 1600 block of Bethel Street  - about 1.5 blocks north of the SF bakery. To learn more, check out the pathway web page  There you'll find our Garden of Eatin' Plant List  which includes detailed descriptions and photos of the more than 250 edible plants you'll find along the trail. 

PROJECT BACKGROUND

This project, funded in part by a generous grant from the City of Olympia's 2011 neighborhood matching grant program, will make it safer and easier for students to walk and bike to Roosevelt and Reeves, and will help all of us get active and stay connected. 
 
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the project, please send a note to the Joy Ave. pathway Google Group at joyavepathway@googlegroups.com.

We forward to seeing you on the trail at our next event!

 
 
 
 
 
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