The 5,037-square-foot space and garden, amphitheater-like seating area, maze and several playing grounds are intended to be gathering areas for the diverse community, and will aid businesses by providing a space for customers to enjoy meals. The lot is owned by Derrick Gilliam, who inherited it; his grandparents bought it in the 1940s. He has promised to let the residents use the space for at least five years. At the end of that time, BAME CDC and residents can take it apart and move it to another site if needed.
Over 400 people have donated their time, resources and passion to make this community space come to life. Funding has come from The San Diego Foundation, Supervisor Greg Cox, Councilmember David Alvarez, LISC San Diego, The Mission Continues, SDG&E and many other individual donors.
WHERE: Gilliam Family Community Space and Garden, 2835 Imperial Ave. San Diego, Calif. 92102
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Note: Best time to cover 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – program/ribbon-cutting
WHO: BAME Renaissance CDC (www.bamecdc.org), a nonprofit whose mission is aimed at improving and beautifying the Greater Logan Heights neighborhoods, has been the driving force behind the Gilliam Family Community Space and Garden. The organization believes through the addition of beautification projects as such, as well as business, community and economic development, they will strengthen and rebuild the fabric of the community.
WHY: Three aspects make the project unusual:
- Residents and children contributed the design concepts and the name.
- On private property, the community space is unfixed, so its furnishings and fixtures can be taken apart and moved.
- Aside from a small donation from the City Council, the city is not involved; it’s all the work of a nonprofit and local residents.
- The finalized and beautiful Gilliam Family Community Space and Garden
- Interview with Monte Jones, chief executive officer, BAME CDC
- Interview with the following confirmed elected officials:
- Supervisor Greg Cox
- Councilmember David Alvarez
- Interview with David Gilliam, the owner of the property the community space sits on.
- Interview with volunteers and residents (Spanish-speaking volunteers available)