🍂FriendsGiving: Give Today and Enjoy Activities in the Park Tomorrow🍂

It is Week 5 of our FriendsGiving: Give Today for Tomorrow donation drive.  We're up to $4,700 toward our $7,500 donation goal!   Can you help us raise $2,800 in the next week?

A generous donor has offered a 1-for-1 match, up to $500, in our final week.  So if you give now, your donation will be doubled!

Visitor Counts - Activities

What is the best activity to do in the park?  It depends on who you ask! Here is another quick highlight from our visitor count data:

The top three activities are walking, hanging out with your dog, and relaxing on the benches.  On weekends, visitors have more time to engage in a variety of other activities. 

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🍂FriendsGiving: Give Today for a Park That Welcomes Visitors🍂

It is Week 4 of our FriendsGiving: Give Today for Tomorrow donation drive.  We've raised $3,800 toward our $7,500 donation goal so far!   We're more than half way to our goal....and we only have 2 more weeks to raise $3,700.  Can you give today?

Your donation will help the park look its best for everyone who uses the park daily, as well as those who visit less frequently.

Have you seen a Friends volunteer out in the park with a clipboard? They are part of the dedicated group that has been counting visitors since 2021.  Thanks to their efforts, we are learning more about how many people visit the park daily, and what they do while here.  Visitor estimates help us justify funding to restore and improve the park, both with the National Park Service and potential grantors.

 

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🍂FriendsGiving: Give Today for a Better Southwest Community🍂

Join us TODAY

The Southwest BID is hosting a Spook-tacular Halloween from 4:30 - 6:30 pm today at Lansburgh Park.  Come see us there!  We'll have a game and goodies for the kids, and of course Titanic-themed costumes.

This is a rain or shine event, so don't let a few raindrops scare you away!

 

 

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🍂FriendsGiving: Give Today for Tomorrow's Ambitious and Exciting Projects!🍂

Welcome to Week 2 of our FriendsGiving: Give Today for Tomorrow donation drive.  We raised $1,325 toward our $7,500 donation goal in the first week, a great start!  Thank you to everyone who donated early.  This week we will share some ambitious and exciting new projects coming to Titanic Memorial Park. 

Concrete Restoration

At our 110th Anniversary Gala, Superintendent Jeff Reinbold announced National Park Service plans to fund major restoration of the concrete sidewalks throughout Titanic Memorial Park.  Following commitment of project funds (expected in 2023), it will take two years for design and construction of the restoration project.  Restoration will include improved stormwater management and care of trees.

The Friends will provide funding for companion projects like improved landscaping, water spigots, and a drinking fountain. Estimates for these companion projects is $50,000 - $100,000.

 

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🍂FriendsGiving: Give Today for Tomorrow🍂

It's October, which means it's time for our annual FriendsGiving donation drive.  Our theme this year is: Give Today for Tomorrow, and our donation goal is $7,500.  We have a bright future ahead for Titanic Memorial Park and some exciting new projects. 

First, though, let's look back on all we've accomplished in the past year.  Through generous donations, amazing work by our volunteers, and ongoing support from our great partner, the National Park Service, we achieved a lot!

 

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🍂As Promised: Fall Painting Party Now Scheduled🍂

We have scheduled our fall Work Party!  And, we have a few additional updates to share:

Save the Date!

Love to Paint? Want to celebrate National Public Lands Day?  Interested in connecting with other Friends? Join us at our annual bench painting on:

Saturday, September 24

9:00am - 12:00 noon

Non-painters welcome too! We'll probably have some fall landscape maintenance in addition to bench painting.  Please sign up on our Events page to join us!

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🎇🎆🎇Don't Forget: Independence Day Cleanup

Just a quick reminder that our Independence Day Cleanup will be next week:

Tuesday, July 5, 9:00am

We'll clean up after the Independence Day revelers, and also have a bit of light landscape maintenance, including:

  • Dead-heading rose bushes
  • Planting replacement Mountain Mint in the Demonstration Garden

The cleanup and landscape maintenance should take an hour or less.  Sign up on our Events page to join us!

 


🌞🌞It's Getting Better All the Time 🌞🌞

Summer is officially here, and the park is looking better each day!  We have a few updates to share as we head into Jul:

Independence Day Cleanup July 5th

We're excited that July 4th celebrations will seem a bit more normal after two years of COVID restrictions.  Of course, we also expect that the Park will look a little worse for wear after the festivities conclude.  We will hold our annual Independence Day Cleanup as usual:

Tuesday, July 5, 9:00am

We'll clean up after the Independence Day revelers, and may do a bit of light landscape maintenance.  The cleanup should take an hour or less.  Sign up on our Events page to join us!

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🌿The Next 5 Years...🌿

How quickly April has ended and May has begun!  With this email, we are kicking off the next five years of partnership with the National Park Service.  As promised, here is a recap of the Titanic 110th Anniversary, plus other timely information for May.

Highlights from the Titanic 110th Anniversary

Big Announcements
The National Park Service and the Friends unveiled new and exciting plans for the Park at our Gala & Tribute:

The Park Service is planning to begin design of the concrete sidewalk restoration in 2024, with construction start in 2025.  The concrete restoration will maintain the historic aggregate pattern in the park, and will address stormwater management and care of trees.  

The Friends will raise funds for wayfinding and interpretive signs, and these signs can be installed in advance of the concrete restoration.  Proceeds from the Gala put us well on our way to being able to purchase the first sign for the Park.  We'll be working with the Park Service to understand design, placement, and cost options.  (The image shown is just a conceptual image.) More to come!

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😯2 Events We Might Have Shared Earlier....🐞

  • Wow, what a wonderful weekend we had, commemorating the 110th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and celebrating 5 years of partnership with the National Park Service!  We will share information in the next week or so about how many visitors we reached, how much money we raised for the Park, and exciting news we heard about restoration plans in a few years.

    Today, I'd like to share a few things we might have told you about earlier, if only we weren't so focused on the Anniversary.  Read on to learn about:

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