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Steilacoom group seeks extension for park donation

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on Jan. 8, 2013 at 11:34 am with No Comments »
January 8, 2013 2:14 pm

A group of Steilacoom residents is asking town leaders for more time to purchase land that they in turn would donate to the town for use as a small park.

The Town Council passed a resolution in 2011 stating the town’s intent to accept the donation of the property near the corner of Galloway and Lexington streets from the Harlock Place Park Stewardship Committee.

The resolution expired last week with the committee still short of its fundraising goal. The committee is requesting the town council approve a new resolution extending the deadline until Dec. 31. The council will consider the request Jan. 15.

For the last two years, committee members have sought donations at the town’s summer farmers market and at conventions and other meetings. Area businesses also have donated to the cause.

“This is grassroots,” committee chairwoman Sally Jacky said. “I think this is exciting.”

The committee has raised $25,600 so far from donations. The owner has offered to sell a half-acre parcel at a discounted price of $47,000.

The committee also would like to acquire an adjacent parcel that’s a third of an acre in size. The listed, non-discounted price: $67,200.

The resolution stipulates that no town money will be used to buy the property.

Jacky said the proposed park would offer a place for residents to find some peace and learn about native plants and conservation. Two groups of children already have toured the property. The area around the property is proposed to be developed into houses.

Ray and Izzy Harlock purchased the original 2.2-acre site in the late 1930s and operated a small farm. Ray Harlock managed the water system for the prison on McNeil Island.

Their daughter, Sylvia, owned the property until she passed away in September 2011. Her husband, Kris Kauffman, has voiced support for the effort. He helped with efforts to incorporate Lakewood into a city.

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