At the Chavez Park Conservancy kiosk in the park on Sunday July 24, we collected 131 ink signatures on the petition to save our park. Added to the 460 signatures on the online petition so far plus the 40 plus 116 ink signatures yesterday, that brings us to 749 total signatures, well on the way toward our initial goal of 1,000 signatures. Conservancy volunteers Susan Black, Marty Nicolaus, and Sylvie Woog staffed the table today. We wore heavier jackets because of the stiff chilly breeze coming off the Bay.
Next weekend the kiosk will not be available, but that doesn’t mean petition gathering in the park has to pause. One of the most effective platforms for gathering signatures is the classic ironing board. The ironing board is more wind sensitive than the kiosk, so it will be necessary to find a wind-sheltered spot to work. That isn’t so difficult; there’s a number of spots in the park that offer relative calm and warmth.
One reader emailed to say it would be good to gather signatures at the Berkeley Bowls. Ironing boards would be a good option for those sites.
Additional brochures and petition blanks will be available by Wednesday. If you need some, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. An ironing board or two will also be available on loan. Park visitor response to the petitions has been strongly positive. More and more people have been telling us that they are aware of the issue and want to preserve the park free of commercial development.