To give everyone more detailed information on the pavilion and picnic table campaign, I have copied out Cheryl Satterfield’s recent letter:
We are excited to share news about a pavilion for Baker Prairie! Through a grant from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, a 20-foot pavilion is being constructed this summer on the north side of the Harrison Middle School property on Goblin Drive. It will feature arched beams, a concrete floor, and a wide, curved, handicap accessible walk lead from the middle school parking lot.
Our vision is that the pavilion will be a focal point for visitors to the prairie who may be unsure where to park or how to access its trails. We especially hope the building will be used by school groups to provide lesson plans and tours. In addition, we anticipate the pavilion might be reserved by groups for select events.
We plan to furnish the pavilion with 6 picnic tables along with 2 benches and education signage about Baker Prairie. Funds are needed to purchase these items and this is where we need your help. You can help in one of the following ways:
- Sponsorship of tables for $725 (we need 6) with a recognition name plate attached to the item.
- General sponsorships that will go towards tables, benches, signage or trash receptacles. There will be a plaque inside the pavilion listing all our sponsors: Bronze $100, Silver $250 or Gold $500. Pavilion sponsors at the Silver or Gold levels will also receive lifetime membership in the Friends of Baker Prairie.
- Annual membership dues that will be used for scholarships, bird sanctuary restoration, and other activities. You can join Friends of Baker Prairie or renew your membership. Our membership dues are in the spring but if you join or renew now, your membership will be active until spring of 2019.
This collaboration between the community, the middle school and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be a great asset to your community and we hope you can be involved! Please stay tuned for our gala dedication ceremony in the autumn. IN the meantime, donations can be made through our website https://thefriendsofbakerprairie.org or mailed directly to us. We will, of course, send you a tax deductible receipt. For more information, please feel free to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.