The buzz of excitement around Oakbrook is growing! There’s definitely a sense of renewal, as friends and neighbors continue efforts to beautify our community, one project at a time!
As we wrapped up Phase 1 (excavation and wall), our neighborhood project received local media attention in the Sunday, August 4th edition of the Tacoma News Tribune. Check out the extensive coverage this article gave the project, at: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/04/2713122/oakbrook-residents-take-safety.html. KING 5 expressed interest in showing up at our next work day (scheduled for 8/24 at 9:00 a.m. at entrance) where Starbuck’s will be volunteering their support.
To date, the community response has been tremendous, with many residents, local businesses, and organizations expressing their support—and donations are still coming in. Keep Lakewood Beautiful recently provided a small works grant in the amount of $250! Special thanks, as well, to Power Effects Signs, Overhead Door, Tacoma Lock and Safe, Blue Ribbon Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, and Lakewood Appliance for their generous donations and/or services! 7th Edition Homeowner’s Association has expressed their support of our project as well.
A huge thank you is in order: THANK YOU to all of you, our Oakbrook friends and neighbors, who have contributed to the cause with your time, talents, ideas, and dollars!
With Phase 1 complete, Phase 2 is in the works. In just a few days, we should be receiving landscape design plans from Father Nature Landscape! (So exciting!) Thereafter, the permanent landscaping at the Oakbrook entrance at 87th and Onyx will be installed in the coming weeks, with the design and labor services being donated by Father Nature Landscapes! The funds our community has collectively raised will pay for the materials needed to beautify the corner with low-maintenance, indigenous plants.
Phase 3 will be close behind the landscape. We’re currently working on securing a sign company and a design for our community entrance sign! Once installed, the initial goal of Project Beautify will be fulfilled: to have an attractive, welcoming neighborhood entrance that truly reflects our great community!
Update on Fundraising: All totaled, nearly $7,000 has been raised! We have raised our goals because we of early overages on project costs. There are almost always overages when it comes to construction anyways, right?! Our fundraising will continue, with the goal to raise funds $10,000 or more. Whatever overages we have will go toward paying for ongoing maintenance of the entrance and perhaps further beautification projects.
Keep current on these and future developments on:
The project website @ http://oakbrookcommunity.org/
Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/OakbrookCommunity