Goal has been met for the Nist Playground Fundraiser! We've raised $45,000!
Hooray! The target goal of $45,000 has been met!
The Friends of Normandy Park Foundation has joined a community effort to help raise awareness (and funds) for park equipment including: swings, an in-ground slide, a horse sculpture and history signage at Nist Park. Please join us, and your community in helping to raise funds for play equipment at Nist!
Emmet J. Nist, a longtime resident of Normandy Park, directed in his 1996 will that he wanted his property at 242 SW Normandy Road to be given to the City of Normandy Park "so long as it used solely as a park." In August 2002 City Council accepted this remarkable gift from Emmet with the conditions of the will. An ad-hoc committee formed and worked to create E.J. Nist Family Park. The community gathered at a BBQ at the Park to celebrate in 2004 and honor and receive Emmet Nist's bequest.
The Parks Commission developed a community-based Master Plan in 2005-2006 and was awarded WA Recreation and Conservation (RCO) funding to further develop the Park. The community gathered again in 2016 for an official dedication with a memorial plaque, seating area, and special planting. A year later, the Parks Commission hosted a series of open house events to collect feedback from the community and gather ideas as they developed the Parks Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS). The PROS plan outlined amenities that community members requested for the E. J. Nist Park. The City of Normandy Park began receiving donations in July of this year, to realize the plans from the 2006 Master Plan and the 2018 PROS Plan and to begin building a playground in the Park.
The campaign is called "Celebrate the Children," and its goal is to install a swing set, an in-ground slide, and a history wall. Please contact City Hall if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation.
As a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our community, we rely on business sponsorships, and community donations to cover all of our operating and event expenses. We appreciate all of our business and community partners and would like to say thank you for helping us create awesome, festive events for the residents in Normandy Park and the broader region.