Important note: the following recommendation was approved by the Board of Supervisors on May 16, 2017:
DISTRICT 3 (Supervisor Don Horsley) FY 2016-17 Measure K Request
Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks Educational Programming Materials $8,500 Grant Agreement
This is a request to authorize a $8,500 grant to Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks (“Friends”) for educational programming enhancement materials. The request includes the design and purchase of materials to ensure the completion of the following three projects:
1) Replica Stones ($3,000 total one-time)
The replica stones are used during the Folger Stable School Program in an activity for 3rd and 4th grade students. The activity fosters critical thinking and engineering principles to collaboratively design a structure modeled by laborers who build the stone walls at Wunderlich Park. Replacing the replica stones will enhance the hands-on experience, which is projected to serve more than 1,250 students in academic year 2016-2017.
2) Redwood Logging Exhibit ($5,000 total one-time for paneling and production)
Friends operate the Folger Estate Museum providing education programs for school field trips and the general public to explore the local history of Woodside. The installation of a new exhibit on logging the redwoods will enhance the park visitor experience and allow additional programming on the new exhibit, including a speaker series and history hikes.
3) Huddart Hike Activity Center Upgrades ($500 total one-time)
The Huddart Park Nature Hikes program provides programming for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students, including activity centers highlighting birds, nests, mammals, and Ohlone traditions. Upgrades to enhance these centers include purchasing animal pelts made from humane synthetics and nature items for magnification.
Friends is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the local environmental and historical legacies of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks, located in Woodside, California. The Friends are a combination of volunteers, donors, paid staff, and board members all collaborating with County Parks to preserve and protect these special resources. The Parks Department is supportive of the program enhancements identified. Friends relies on donations and grants to create and implement programs that add value to the visitor experience in County Parks, draw new visitors, and increase support for and engagement with County resources.
The San Mateo County Parks Foundation has allocated funds to support the new museum exhibit and activity centers. In addition, the Strong Foundation and Save the Redwoods League have contributed funds for the Huddart Hike Activity Center Upgrades. The Friends are seeking $8,500 from the County in Measure K funds to complete the three programming enhancement projects.
• Purchase and installation of replica stones, redwood logging exhibit, and upgrades for the Huddart Hike Activity Center. Photographs of completed enhancements will be submitted to the County for documentation
• Number of students and visitors participating in replica stones activity, redwood logging exhibit, and Huddart Park Nature Hikes program in FY 2017-18.
The release of funds will be contingent on the execution of an agreement providing for the County’s confirmation of the expenditure of funds during FY 2016-2017 for the purposes stated herein.
Total Measure K Request: $8,500
Important note: this is a copy of the official report on the Board's agenda.