This week I had the great opportunity to get a sneak peek of a space that was in the process of being restored. As we looked out from the Chehalem Ridge, someone made a joke about adding a zipline, and thus started the age-old question of whether to open land up to the public or to keep it a wild space for nature. As most would agree, there is a time and place for both. The opinion for this project in particular being that without giving people access to nature, they won’t feel the connection or a calling to be a steward of nature.
In front of me, a woman who was carrying her son, told him “yeah, it’s going to look much different when you’re older”. Okay, I really can’t quote the rest of this but then she said she mentioned how he would be able to carry his child ‘just like mommy is doing right now’ and it was pretty sweet to think about how the efforts that are made today will impact the future.
The interesting part for me, was learning about how the restoration project was made possible through many collaborations. After the walk, we were also given a tour of the Virginia Garcia Hospital and the Centro Cultural. They talked to us about how both of these the organizations started and how they serve the community. Then they told us of all the measures they are taking to green the buildings. Not only did they try to make sure that the project was kept local, such as by contracting the landscaping organizations Verde, but they also wanted to make sure that the efforts would be helpful for the community.
The symbol for Centro Cultural focuses on the families that came together to help themselves and their community. As different organizations that seemed unrelated worked together to give something to the community, I was reminded of the importance of partnerships and how much could be accomplished by working together.