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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Graton News, Updates & Events

Sometimes a window opens and opportunity slips in. This time it’s an opportunity for Graton and it’s wearing a Holiday smile.

How much would you pay for a park in downtown Graton? Especially, how much would you pay if, in addition, you could give those on your Holiday gift list a part of the park that will be theirs for generations?

Imagine: That your children will go to the park to see their names there, - and that their children will go to see those names, and that the children of those children will see the names of their grandparents in the park.

That's the kind of lasting legacy you can leave for yourself and all your loved ones.
You might want to commemorate your grandparents (do they really want another book or some perfume - wouldn’t they rather be remembered in Graton Park?) or your favorite club, sports team or alma mater. As do the bricks on the sidewalks downtown, you could leave a spiritual blessing from you to the universe.

(Ms. Zula Bryson, a 92-year old transplanted from Texas to Forestville, purchased a brick to celebrate her beloved alma mater, Texas A&M. Out here in West County, there will always be a "Go Aggies!" shout out.)

On this page is ordering information for the purchase of a lazer engraved brick for prices starting at $50 each. The bricks will be used for the pathways in the new park. Please contact me for more order forms, or pick up order forms at Mr. Ryder’s Antiques downtown Graton. Take a look at the proposed park design while you’re there!

With the funds raised from the sale of the bricks, we will be able to secure matching funds from local organizations like the Community Foundation and Open Space. There are some Holiday angels out there who will match what we raise that season. Let’s show what Grateronians can do! (Grateronians are those within and without Graton environs who love community.)
We each need to do our part to create the Graton Park Plaza. When we all buy a brick, we’ll be well on our way!

Thank you so much for your generosity and community spirit!
We can do this! Together, we can build a park in Graton.

Some Facts about the park project: The Graton Green Group, organized in early 2008 has been working with Graton Fire District to purchase their property at the corner of Graton and Ross Roads when they leave for their new facility to be built north on Highway 116. The Graton Labor Center is acting as the fiscal agent for fund-raising for the park.

For more information, contact me at To provide suggestions for the park design, contact Cricket Seagull at To view the proposed design for the park, visit To be added to the web group, contact Robyn Bramhall at

Saturday, December 14th, Santa will be at the Graton Community Club from 1 to 5 p.m. Tell Santa you want a park!

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