Help Save the Standing Rock Garden!
  • Petitioned City Council of Kent, Ohio

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City Council of Kent, Ohio

Help Save the Standing Rock Garden!

    1. Lisa Regula Meyer
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Regula Meyer

      Kent, OH

For nearly twenty years, Standing Rock Cultural Arts has used the vacant lot directly south of their gallery on North Water Street for arts and culture programming like the New World Children's Theater, Lightning Bug dances, native plant rain gardens, free community gardens, and a solar panel installation. The local community, as well, has enjoyed this space- enhanced by the mural visible on the wall of Scribble's Coffee- for respite from the summer sun, a place for children to meet and play, and a place to simply exist while recharging our own solar-powered bodies and minds.

We- the friends of Standing Rock, members of TransPortage, citizens of Kent, and supporters of green space accessible to downtown residents and shoppers- want to see this space preserved and conserved for posterity, so that more generations may learn about nature, art, and themselves in this perfectly "Kent" spot.

Find out more about Standing Rock by visiting them on the web (http://www.standingrock.net/) or in person at 257 N. Water Street, or lend a helping hand by joining the group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/451099458247217/).

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Long Term Planning

      Lisa Regula Meyer
      Petition Organizer

      I'm happy to be able to tell everyone that thanks to Kent Cooperative Housing and Kent citizens, the funding to buy the Standing Rock Garden and the full 247 North Water Street lot, should the house not be moved to this space. We're not trying to deny the current owners of the site a sale, and we've been trying to help identify an alternate location for the Wells Sherman House. If the community pulls together, then we can find a win-win solution. That is the group's goal. If you'd like to help out or learn more, check out our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/451099458247217/) or send an email.

    2. City Finance Meeting Results

      Lisa Regula Meyer
      Petition Organizer

      At the special finance meeting Wednesday night, the city council was very strict in keeping all commenters to discussing the finances of the loan only. Discussion of the use of this site was not allowed. During questioning from the city council, the representative of Kent Wells Sherman House, Inc. (the group now proposing to place the house on the Standing Rock garden) admitted that the project could go forward without this money. We also found out that their contingency plan in case of not being able to put the house at 247 N. Water Street is "We'll wait and see what happens." This is to be an unsecured loan, with no collateral, meaning that the city has no recompense should the loan go into default. One council member went so far as to liken the project to a boat with a big hole in the bottom, throwing money into the boat. It was admitted by council that this was a fiscally irresponsible act.

      After keep citizens to only finances, council voted on all grounds except financial

    3. City Council meeting and finance meeting July 18th, 7PM

      Lisa Regula Meyer
      Petition Organizer

      Tonight at 7PM there will be a special finance committee meeting to discuss the loan from the city. Yesterday's decision by the Planning Commission was in part due to the community involvement and support for this green space. That means that the city is listening, so we have to go and speak. Bring questions, bring concerns, bring comments, bring a friend, and bring an idea for where to put the house instead. Thanks for all your help so far!

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Kent Patch Weighs In

      Lisa Regula Meyer
      Petition Organizer

      After (how many?) articles on the house, Kent Patch is now also covering the efforts to save the space. One correction from Matt's piece: the house is no longer a TransPortage project, but a Friends of the Wells Sherman House and Rick Hawksley project. A huge Thank You to TransPortage for staying true to their mission!

    6. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • benjamin patrick AKRON, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      i use the green space weekly and it is necessary to the health of this community

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    • Amanda Lindsay KENT, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      Saving the Sherman House may be a good thing for the city of Kent but should not encroach on currently beneficial green space. The supporters of house preservation should be willing to consider other location options.

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    • Jackie Strnad Gage N. ROYALTON, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      I have roots in Kent. What a lovely town. Family members have attended the school. A degree, magna cum laude. Love the community. Keep Kent Green!

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      • about 2 years ago

      Preserve positivity.

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    • Andrew Pitrone CLEVELAND, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      Standing Rock Gallery and also the space next door have been a large part of my life through the seven years I've been involved with Kent.

      That space is my favorite spot in Kent. Please lets not loose it.

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