Fellow Neighbors and Friends,
It's a new year, with spring on the horizon. Time for review AND forward thinking!!
2017 was a year of festive gatherings and reflection for Redwood Heights Association. At popular community events, we asked neighbors what matters most to you in our shared community spaces, and you came through with ideas and priorities, thoughtfulness and heart, first at the Jordan Park Picnic in June, next at our booths during the Laurel Street Fair and Redwood Heights School’s Open House in August, again at the 39th Avenue Park Barbecue in September, and most meaningfully at the design thinking session during our Annual Meeting in October.
At each event, we gathered a trove of dreams and practical suggestions aimed at transforming our Community Center area into a modern nexus with new opportunities for learning, playing, socializing, and relaxing in a well-designed, welcoming environment. RHA closed out 2017 with a December Winterfest evening of games, crafts, music, sweets, and good company that brought neighbors together to celebrate the season and our strength in diversity, highlighting four popular winter traditions.
2018 begins with great plans for the year ahead. We want to see you at our upcoming Spring events, starting with our first annual plant and cuttings swap, this May at the Rec Center Park. Later this spring, join us for our 2nd annual RHA community picnic during the Jordan Road yard sale.
Most exciting, and with your ideas in mind, we're launching a $2.2 million community center conversion project, with events and fundraisers to support a preliminary design phase, essential for city approval, grants, and foundation funding.The Redwood Heights Community Center grounds are a regional asset overdue for revitalization, and improvements/upgrades to the property will offer opportunities for more outdoor activities, emerging technologies, and community enrichment for Redwood Heights and beyond. Right now, though the center and park are used daily, there are many underused, mostly dormant areas that could be transformed into new activity zones.
So what’s next? We’re kickstarting a fundraising effort to demonstrate community support for this project. We’ve listened to your ideas, and will be incorporating many into the design. Now, we ask you to partner with us again, as we crowdsource seed money to move this project to phase 2 of a 5-year initiative. We know that with your support, it can and will happen. Together, we’ll create a renewed community resource that everyone can celebrate, enjoy, and share with future generations. Let’s do this!
Donations gladly accepted online by PayPal, Credit or Debit, at RHAOakland.org/contribute.