taken from The New Mexican
• Did you know that the public debut of the 12-acre Railyard Park and Plaza on Sept. 13 and 14 is only the first step of an important relationship between Santa Feans and their new park and plaza? In an effort to nurture this relationship, the Trust for Public Land has formed the Railyard Park Stewards, an all-volunteer group whose mission is to provide community stewardship and advocacy for the future care and programming of the Railyard Park and Plaza.
• Did you know that the Railyard Park and Plaza is a wonderful example of a public-private partnership between the city of Santa Fe, Trust for Public Land and Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation? The Railyard Park and Plaza Stewards will continue this vital partnership to help maintain the park and plaza as a vibrant, beautiful, popular and safe community gathering place that represents the history, values and aspirations of the people of Santa Fe.
• Did you know that this volunteer project evolved out of a committee of dedicated local advocates who helped design, fund and build the Railyard Park and Plaza? Their work on this new program is modeled after such successful stewards groups as the private, nonprofit Central Park Conservancy in New York, Houston’s Hermann Park Conservancy and Pioneer Square in Portland.
• Did you know that Santa Fe’s Messengers of Healing Winds Foundation has just contributed $50,000 to support the Railyard Park and Plaza Stewards? The Foundation will match all community gifts between Oct. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009, to The Trust for Public Land to support the new stewardship program.
• Did you know that the Railyard Park and Plaza Stewards will help develop the community’s experience at the park and plaza by helping to care for the new plants, trees, trails and other places where Santa Feans will gather? The stewards will also plan educational public programs and special events at the park and plaza that will foster community involvement and ideals of fun, safety, and accessibility for all. Finally, they will help raise funds to support future improvements on the property.
• Did you know that you can volunteer now to become a part of the Railyard Park and Plaza Stewards? Your involvement will help inspire a sense of community ownership in the city’s newest and most unique public spaces. For information, visit the Railyard Park and Plaza Stewards booth during the Sept. 13-14 Railyard grand opening. Or call The Trust for Public Land at 988-5922.
• Did you know that you can apply to be the Railyard Park and Plaza Stewards new executive director? Visit www.railyardpark.org for a detailed job description. Or send a résumé to Park Stewards ED, The Trust for Public Land, 1600 Lena St., Suite C, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3891.