Keep Polston Public Fundraiser

We believe the community should be involved in designing the use of the Polston elementary property in Alamosa, Colorado.
Healthy Living Park
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Alamosa, Colorado
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Why Keep Polston Public?

Keep Polston Public believes that a private RV resort is not an equitable or sustainable use for the Polston property and its adjacent city-owned ranch land. The community should be involved in designing the use of this space – which could include micro-enterprise business development, a commercial kitchen, community education facilities, public park and amphitheater, community gardens, habitat conservation, and other projects which directly benefit the residents of the San Luis Valley.

Keep Polston Public supports a use for this property that directly serves the health, well-being, economic development, and educational opportunities for Alamosa and the greater San Luis Valley population.

What are we doing?

Alamosa, Colorado - On May 9th, 2013, the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) sold the 38.2 acre Polston elementary school property on the Rio Grande River for $255,000 less than its appraised value to a private RV resort developer instead of a Trust for Public Land project called the Healthy Living Park at the full appraisal value.  We were stunned.

So we formed a group called Keep Polston Public.  We researched the history of the decision, worked with legal consultants to warn the school board that their decision may be illegal on several counts, asked them to consider negotiation or mediation, and reached out to the community to inform them about the details and impact of this decision.  Without any success in communicating with the school district, we filed a lawsuit against the ABOE alleging:

  • ABOE violated Colorado Open Meeting Law
  • ABOE violated the Colorado Constitution prohibiting publicly-funded gifts to a private entity
  • ABOE violated the board's fiduciary responsibility to Alamosa school children
  • ABOE violated the Colorado Public Schools Act procedure for sale of real estate.

A visiting judge has granted a Temporary Restraining Order on the property to prevent any further alteration until our case is heard (no date set).

What could happen next?

    If we win the lawsuit and the ABOE is found to have made the sale illegally, we will work with the Trust for Public Land to purchase the property at its full appraisal value and proceed with the Healthy Living Park plan!

How can you help?

Your donations will help us to bring our case to victory, return the Polston property to public ownership, and fund the many important community initiatives found in the Healthy Living Park project!

We have already raised $15,000 for our legal efforts and our legal counsel has been extremely generous with their time and expertise.  We must raise at least an additional $15,000 in order to proceed with our research, presenting expert testimony, and ultimately hold our local school board accountable for their actions.

Any funds remaining will go toward the Healthy Living Park or, if we are not successful, will be donated to the SLV Local Foods Coalition to best serve the future of local agriculture in the San Luis Valley.

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raised by 132 people in 29 days
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This campaign ended on October 22, 2013
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  • $10USD
    KPP “E-High Five”

    We will email you a "thank you" for supporting our campaign!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    KPP bumper sticker

    Show your support for KPP anywhere you may go!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $35USD
    KPP bumper sticker and bread

    A KPP bumper sticker and a homemade loaf of bread by Jan Oen or Julie Mordecai. - SLV pickup only

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013

    Homemade soup

    Homemade Quart of Soup by Renee Mackey, made with local ingredients with love and affection. - SLV pickup only

    8 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    Sticker, button, lip balm

    Receive a KPP Bumper Sticker, Button and organic beeswax lip balm by SLV Wanna-Bee Keepers' Karen Lemke with a KPP label

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013

    3 pack of greeting cards

    Greet your friends with original greeting cards by SLV artist Lares Feliciano

    4 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013

    Original bracelet

    Receive a beautifully designed bracelet by SLV artist Luette Frost

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $75USD
    3 Acupuncture Sessions

    Receive an initial consultation and 3 acupuncture sessions at Open Skies Acupuncture in Alamosa with Tanner Fritschka, MSOM and licensed acupuncturist.

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Latin Dance class

    Take two Latin dancing classes for you and a friend by Alex Pipatone! - SLV location only, date TBA

    2 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Salve making class

    Take a salve making class on November 9th by Jan Oen! - SLV location only

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    Blog consulation/workshop

    Get a one-on-one blog consultation with Babette Reeves!

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Live music and local food

    Attend an exclusive springtime dance with local food and music by the SLV's own Sweet Radish, complete with wine and food pairings! - SLV only, date TBA

    6 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014

    Original necklace

    Receive a lovely hand designed necklace by SLV artist Luette Frost

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Custom video slideshow

    Customize your own video slideshow w/ music - provide your own photos and let filmmaker Danny Ledonne create a 5 minute video of your favorite memories.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Local video shoot

    Have filmmaker Abe Rosenberg cover your next live event - wedding, conference, presentation, graduation, or other special occasion. Editing not included. DVD or web output. - held in SLV only

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Your name here!

    Your name on the plaque as a founding member of the Healthy Living Park that will be placed at the Local Foods Coalition Office and at the Healthy Living Park (if the Park does become a reality)

    1 claimed
  • $750USD
    Portrait session

    Portrait Session with photographer Lares Feliciano. Up to 25 photographic images for your wedding announcement, bar mitzvah, graduation, musician promo photos or headshots. - 90 mile radius from Alamosa only, outdoor photo shoot only

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  • $750USD
    Filmmaking class

    Learn about digital filmmaking, what equipment to buy, and basic how-to’s from filmmaker Danny Ledonne. Half day, private one-on-one workshop. - SLV only

    0 out of 2 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Local foods dinner

    Enjoy a local foods dinner prepared by Julie Mordecai with live music at her house with you and 9 of your best friends. -date TBA

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  • $5,000USD
    Your VIP name here!

    Place your name on something significant at the park (the gazebo, a bench, the clamshell.) If the park does not become a reality, will be displayed by the Local Foods Coalition at some future site for local food production/distribution.

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