Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 5, 2013.

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      Creator Emily Wilson on July 29, 2013

      Hi mim!

      Yes, no bench yet :( The commemorative plaque is in production at the foundry and Parks should receive it early in September. Once they have the plaque the bench can be put in the installation queue and I hope it will be installed before the dry season ends. I'll keep you posted!

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      Creator mim zellnik on July 29, 2013

      I was just there today... no bench yet! Any word from parks? it's pretty annoying they are not clearer with a timeline!

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      Creator Emily Wilson on June 19, 2013

      Hi Mark!
      The bench has not been installed yet. The application has been submitted to the Portland Parks Department and its in process with them. I held off on my reply hoping to get some information about the timeline from Parks but didn't want to hold off any longer. I'll post more information when I've got it!

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      Creator Marc on June 13, 2013

      Has the bench been installed yet? Any final photo updates?

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      Creator Hope Leman on January 4, 2013

      Yay indeed. Thanks for the link to The Oregon Live article, Emily.

      And @Triana del Fuego the comments by Joe Martin were so inspiring that they got me to back the project, even though I don't even live in Portland. He is a model citizen and has really made a difference in quality of life for years to come. Thank you so much for recording his comments--I hope the footage you mention came be archived on the Web somewhere as an example and inspiration to others.

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      Creator Triana del Fuego (deleted) on January 4, 2013

      @Hope Leman Thanks for the kind words! It was so much fun meeting and filming everyone, especially Joe Martin, the founder of the park. I have about an hour of footage of him talking about his extremely interesting life from the swamps of Louisiana to the wilds of Portland to getting involved with the overgrown lot: now Two Plum Park. :)

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      Creator Michael Buchino on January 4, 2013

      Yay! You're getting a bench!

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      Creator Hope Leman on January 4, 2013

      Hey--looks like some highly generous people have put you over the top. Yay!

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      Creator Hope Leman on January 4, 2013

      @Triana Collins Are you indeed the person who made that utterly charming, touching video? That clinched my backing for the project. Well done! It really is a model for community improvement videos on Kickstarter and crowdfunding in general.

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      Creator Triana del Fuego (deleted) on January 4, 2013

      Thanks to everyone who pledged!! As the videographer (trianadelfuego.com), I first became involved when I saw a flier for the Two Plum Bench cause hanging in a local cafe. Something about it struck deep in my heart and I knew I just had to help. The bench has already turned neighbors into friends and it doesn't even exist yet.. :) We're so close!!!

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      Creator Jocelyn McAuley on January 4, 2013

      Just pledged- but I don't want the "extras". I just want a bench in our park. :)

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      Creator Hope Leman on January 3, 2013

      Hi, Emily. Oh my gosh. You are at $2,113 pledged of the $2,500 goal. Everybody might try tweeting the project page and think of creative hashtags to use in the tweet. I have used, #cities #PDX #Portland #neighborhood, etc. We'll see what happens. Good luck!

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      Creator Emily Wilson on January 3, 2013

      oooo flying fingers..... that's SUPPORT, not supprot, folks!

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      Creator Emily Wilson on January 3, 2013

      Thanks everyone for their supprot and kind words!

      Great question Doug! Everyone asks about the price of the bench and I've added it to the FAQ for the project!

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      Creator Scott Breon on January 3, 2013

      Good luck! I remember when this was first presented to the King Neighborhood Association 3 or 4 years ago. Thanks for sticking with it and making our neighborhood the great place that it is!

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      Creator Becky Pusch on January 3, 2013

      @ Doug - if you watch the video you will see that it is not just for the bench, it is for the bench, whatever costs go into installing the bench and making it accessible (probably needs a concrete pad under the bench), presumably something to keep someone from taking off with the bench, and a reserve for future repair costs. It is also a city program, so some costs for labor to plan, install and maintain the bench.

      a lot of the same detail here for those who would rather read... http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/07/two_plum_park_tiny_ne_portland.html

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      Creator Hope Leman on January 3, 2013

      What a nice bunch of people made comments--fingers crossed!

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      Creator Doug Anderson on January 3, 2013

      I feel badly for your community that the park district is making you pay $6000 for what is probably an $1100 bench (see, e..g http://www.belson.com/wccf1.htm). I am curious to know why this is.

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      Creator Becky Pusch on January 3, 2013

      I live in AZ but stumbles across this project and think it is a worthy goal. Fingers crossed that my $10 helps!

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      Creator Telmo Mendes Leal on January 3, 2013

      I'm from far far away (Portugal) and probably will never use that bench, but I loved the initiative and had to help !

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      Creator Michael Wild on January 1, 2013

      My first possible expense in 2013 is to help pay for a bench for a park. Happy 2013!

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      Creator Hope Leman on December 6, 2012

      What a charming, worthwhile project. What a delightful video--what nice people. I wish I had Joseph Martin's organizational abilities and determination. Good for you all for making such a difference in your community and for providing a model of a community improvement campaign on Kickstarter. I don't even live in Portland, Oregon but was impressed by the community spirit of you all and your eagerness to make your park an even more pleasant place. I hope you get your bench. You did such a marvelous showing how wonderful Two Plum Park is and why the bench is needed. All very straightforward and persuasive--and the title evokes beloved children's books of the past like Blueberries for Sal.

      Good for all of you! kudos, Emily--good luck on Kickstarter. I bet you meet your goal easily!

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