About The Dig Fund
Reinventing the commons for the common good
Pomegranate Center’s Dig Fund brings energy, assets and expertise to one community each year that’s ready to envision, design, build and steward a gathering place, but has limited resources to take the next step.
The Dig Fund isn’t just about a park – it’s an investment in the transformation of a whole community.
Our experience tells us that through our process of envisioning, designing, building and stewarding their own gathering place, communities learn how to care for their places and care for each other.
Our 2010 Dig Fund Project: Washington Park Gathering Place, Walla Walla, WA
Through a collaboration with Walla Walla-based nonprofit Commitment to Community (C2C), Pomegranate Center is working with residents of the Washington Park neighborhood in Walla Walla, WA, to transform a misused open space in their neighborhood.
This project comes on the heels of a similar, very successful project in Walla Walla’s Edith Carrie neighborhood, where we collaborated with Blue Mountain Action Council, Sherwood Trust and Commitment to Community to build a neighborhood gathering place in one week. That project received the 2009 Washington State Evergreen Award for groundbreaking collaboration.
On February 9, 2010, we held the first community meeting, and the initial ideas gave us a sense of the final project: walking paths, a stage for music and dancing, picnic shelters, benches and gateways.
Over the past few months we have held another community meeting and design workshop, in addition to an art workshop for children at Dios de los Ninos.
Next steps: An art workshop with neighborhood kids August 10-13, 2010. We’ll make banners that will hang from shelters and gateways in the park.
- Carve-a-Thon on August 21: This 12-hour woodcarving extravaganza will help raise the last $10,000 needed for the Washington Park Project. There are lots of ways to get involved! Learn more.
- Building Intensive: We’ll move on-site and build the gathering place from September 11-19, 2010. Volunteers are welcome. Contact Bree at 425-557-6412 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
We’ve received a tremendous amount of support for this powerful project from a number of generous donors, including:
- Sherwood Trust
- City of Walla Walla Parks Department
- Blue Mountain Community Foundation
- Robert B. McMillen Foundation
- J.L. Stubblefield Trust
- Clara & Art Bald Trust
- Mary Garner Esary Trust
To be considered for next year’s Dig Fund, contact Katya at (425) 557-6412 or email@example.com.