Save Our Park! Pendleton King Park is in danger of being sold as a housing development.
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For 50 years, Pendleton King Park has been the center of a unique partnership between the City of Augusta and the Trustees of the Will of Henry Barclay King, which designates that the 64-acre bird sanctuary shall remain a park in perpetuity in memory of his son, John Pendleton King. This partnership has been supported by the Pendleton King Park Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to provide financial and other support for the preservation, maintenance, improvement, promotion, and beautification of the Park.
The City has been leasing the Park from the Trustees for $1 a year for 50 years while maintaining the ‘hardware’ support for the Park - repairs, labor, electrical and water maintenance, etc. The Foundation supports the ‘software’ – the gardens, the waterfalls, the trails, the disc golf course, the Wetlands, the Bark Park, the playground. The Foundation has served in this manner for decades with the understanding from the City and the Trustees, that the Park would always remain a Park for the citizens of our community. The Foundation has raised funds over the years to support Park improvements. This partnership is about to change.
Clarence Baronowski, a Trustee leading this change, has proposed selling the Park to the City for the approximate sum of $1 million. The City did not accept the offer. Mr. Baronowski has since found a developer who has plans drawn up to bulldoze the entire Park and create a housing development.
The Foundation is now seeking community support to petition the Commissioners of Augusta to rethink their decision, negotiate with the Trustees, and SAVE OUR PARK!
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