We share the beautiful Magnuson Park with many great organizations, but perhaps our favorite neighbor is Solid Ground’s Sandpoint Family Housing, a transitional housing facility located in converted Naval buildings just down the road from our office. Solid Ground provides homes for formerly homeless people and works with residents to build better futures for themselves and their families.
Cascade runs a Scraper Bike program that gives kids living in the housing facility the opportunity to learn bike maintenance skills on donated BMX bikes, while customizing and decorating the same bike. It’s fun to see the kids riding their finished bikes with personalized paint jobs around the park. Sadly, the current bike parking situation is poor, and many bikes are stolen or rust over the winter.
The AmeriCorps volunteers at Cascade are spearheading a project to construct an awesome new covered bike shelter and community space. Jonathan Sirois, an architect from S2 architecture + design, put together a plan, and we need your help to make it a reality. The design currently features a green roof, rain barrels for the nearby garden and benches for resting. This is just the first stage of the project, and we’re open to any ideas.
We will need all kinds of volunteers as the project progresses, but right now we need the expertise of any engineers or folks with construction experience who love bikes. If this is you or anyone you know, please email me to get involved.
We would also appreciate donations of materials, money, time and ideas. The project relies on donations and volunteers so everything helps!
More photos of the current site and the bike shelter design after the jump…