On Sunday, October 2, the Old Northside Foundation hosted a reception at Great Oak Commons Park to thank its donors. Over the last three years, community members raised approximately $140,000 through private donation for improvements to Shawn Grove and Great Oak Commons Parks, art installations, and the Tinker Street Project.
In 2013, Joe Everhart and Ken Ramsay held a series of fundraisers at their residence on Park Street to kickstart the effort. ONS residents responded enthusiastically by annually pledging, on average, $1000 per household. Some of the campaign's highlights include new rubber mulch at Shawn Grove to protect children as they play, the repair and upkeep of the Victorian fountain in Great Oak Commons, and plantings on Tinker Street.
"The ONS Foundation plans to continue its fundraising efforts in order to create a trust to run the parks and provide upkeep in the neighborhood," says Foundation member Alisa Advani. "Before we moved forward, however, we felt it was important to wholeheartedly thank our donors. Without them, countless improvements wouldn't have happened. We also felt it necessary to especially thank Joe Everhart and Ken Ramsay for their tireless contributions to the neighborhood."