Jeremy's Notebook

Possible Playground

April 29, 2013

Earlier this month, an anonymous donor threw some money on the table in hopes of sparking some generosity to fund a playground at the Community Maritime Park.

During the April 17 meeting of the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees, attorney Eric Stevenson presented his client’s offer. The anonymous donor offered up $25,000, with the stipulation that the gift be paired with an additional $250,000 in community contributions.

“The donor wishes to remain anonymous,” the attorney told the CMPA board. “As you well know, there’s been some well-meaning philanthropists in this town that have been run through the wringer.”

Stevenson informed the park board that the offer was good for 120 days. He also said his client wanted the naming-rights to the playground reserved for the highest contributor.

“Is the donor in this room?” asked CMPA Chairman Collier Merrill.

“I’m not allowed to say if the donor is in this room or in the Galapagos Islands,” the attorney replied.

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  • Tiffany May 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I am nor sure that I am comfortable with the idea of “cloaked” or anonymous donors where public interests are concerned. It flies in the face of a transparent government.

  • Jim May 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Eric is very atriculate young man; must have had some excellent English teachers!

  • Ames May 1, 2013 at 5:05 am

    My personal opinion is that all charitable donations should be made anonymously. When someone makes a public announcement about a contribution that donor is stepping into a spotlight to make the contribution about themselves and is shameless self-promotion. And when they have a ribbon cutting to add some flare to their beaming spotlight they leave no doubt who it is about.

  • Westsider April 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Shame the benefactor is anonymous. Now the CMP haters won’t know who to pelt with their tomatoes.

  • Ames April 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Well no, this is not a matter of what “the CMPA is reduced to”, it is an offer made by someone who considers a playground on the property a good idea. Or perhaps the persons intent is to entertain us with whimsical irony. Whatever the intent, it brings attention to the fact that the CMPA has not marketed the opportunities broadly. Thus far they seem to have only had offers from people/business interests/organization that the CMPA is ready and willing to give e exemptions, discounts, or exclusive offers.

  • Whip it April 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Is this what the CMPA is now reduced to – considering random unsolicited proposals for park property? If you have no idea where you want to go any road will take you there. Meanwhile the debt clock is ticking and set to explode in 2014.

  • Ames April 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    It’s not often that I read about an anonomous, charitable or philanthropic donation here in the Panhandle and I would like to express my respect and appreciation for the selfless gesture.