April 13, 2012 > Community Comes Together Despite Adversity
Community Comes Together Despite Adversity
Submitted By Christina Broadwin
Photos By Courtesy of Laura Fleming
On March 31st, Gusting winds and torrential downpours were no match for the spirit of the Kimber Park neighborhood, as residents staged a wildly successful community garage sale with more than 20 sites and over 50 families participating. Avid bargain hunters streamed through the neighborhood in search of treasures with all proceeds (over $5,000) going toward the community's Save Kimber Park effort, a grassroots group whose goal is to preserve the existing zoning on nearly 13 acres of open space in the middle of the neighborhood.
The community also hosted two information stations, where volunteers decked out in rain gear passed out neighborhood maps and gathered signatures for the Protect Fremont Open Space 2012 Initiative. The initiative, once passed in the November election, would let Fremont voters decide if open space that is privately owned can have its zoning changed to another use (such as residential). Kimber Park is a model for Fremont neighborhoods and includes diverse ethnicities and age groups. This unique community has joined hands in a unified stance to protect what makes this area special, a 12.7 acre parcel of land that is zoned as private open space, currently at risk of development from land speculators.
On Friday, before the garage sale, there was a flurry of activity as neighbors helped each other set-up, organize and price items. Everyone worked together borrowing canopies, tables and chairs. Many people baked or donated plant cuttings and fresh fruit to be distributed as a "thank you" to those who supported the Save Kimber Park effort. One could say that supporters who came to shop were not just getting bargains but were also taking "live" pieces of Kimber Park home with them.
Saturday arrived and so did the predicted rain storm but the "show must go on" so everyone persevered. Bargain hunters were not deterred and traffic was steady throughout the day due, in part, to a plethora of advertising. Many homes were also selling delicious baked goods which brought an old-fashioned, small town, community feel to the event. Although bargains were definitely the main attraction, there were also a number of very unique items, including life-sized cardboard cutouts of Yoda, Captain Kirk, and Xena Warrior Princess, all of which went for a song.
The unwavering commitment of this community and tireless energy of so many members should be an inspiration to all. It is clear that this event accomplished all its goals. Funds were raised, signatures were gathered and awareness of the Kimber Park and Open Space issue in Fremont spread. However, most importantly, the community continues to grow stronger and more bonded. A neighborhood like this is priceless and irreplaceable. There is a wonderful Kenyan proverb "Vijiti katika kifungu na ni madhubuti" or "Sticks in a bundle can not be broken." The Kimber Park neighborhood has come together in a special way and together they are not only stronger, but unbreakable. For more information please see: www.ProtectFremontOpenSpace.com and www.SaveKimberPark.com