The City of Tumwater purchased the 20-acre Linwood Avenue property in 1989 to develop a stormwater treatment facility and a City park site. In May of 2014, Mayor Pete Kmet organized a meeting between the City, the Tumwater School District and GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) to explore a partnership for a youth-based agricultural program on City property.
During the past two years, the City, School District and GRuB have been working to develop a partnership, improve the Linwood site and initiate GRuB's first planting in the spring of 2016. As a local non-profit, GRuB has been developing agricultural based youth engagement programs since 1999. GRuB's youth program model greatly improves youths' self-esteem, leadership skills, and academic engagement while providing positive community outcomes. GRuB assisted the Tumwater School District in project planning and start-up and the ongoing program will be administered by the District.
The "Linwood Property" is now Isabella Bush Park
Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions to name the Linwood site. The Parks and Recreation Commission reviewed and considered all of the submissions and a new name was selected. The property is now officially Isabella Bush Park.
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What has happened at the site and what you can expect to see in the future:
Spring 2016: High school and college students, along with GRuB staff, established a small farm around the barn and front field.
Summer 2016: Twenty Tumwater School District high school students, under the supervision of two educators, worked at the garden four days a week. Youth grew food for the Tumwater School District summer nutrition program and also preserved food for the school year lunch program.
Fall 2016: Students continue to learn about plants, food, agriculture, hunger, sustainability and community development through hands-on experiences at the Linwood Farm.
Summer 2017: Tumwater School District high school students, under the supervision of two educators, continued to worked at the garden, growing food for the Tumwater School District summer nutrition program and providing food for seniors at the Old Town Center.
If you have questions about the site, program, or how you can become involved, contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at (360) 754-4160.