Over 70 volunteers and 12 community groups rolled up their sleeves to clean up Rainier Beach and rebuild King Donuts, supporting the Rainier Beach Merchants Association project for Bridge to Beach Clean Up, and party at the Detective Cookie Pop-Up Chess Park Launch on April 25th.
The King Donuts effort under the direction of member D’Arcy Gholsten, attracted over 30 volunteers including the new South Precinct Captain Mike Washburn, and helps to meet a volunteer match for a facade improvement grant coming this summer. Additional improvements will likely involve an inspired new look that celebrates love for the community and the wonderful Hay sense of humor.
The afternoon was spent honoring Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin, with the dedication of a giant chess set for the “Detective Cookie Pop-up Chess Park.” Founder of the Rainier Beach based Detective Cookie Chess Club, Bouldin has been teaching strategy and consequences for actions to youth in the community crossing race, culture, ethnicity and gender barriers. Her love for the game is only surpassed by her students love for her.
We also enjoyed a live performance by Pico Blvd, which included jams from a couple of youth who came to check out the party. Additionally, with the help of Maya’s Mexican Fiesta Truck and King Donuts, we fed over 150 people (mostly local youth) almost 300 free tacos, fried rice, and egg rolls. Giant chess will be available for community play at the Rainier Beach Safeway, off 52nd Ave S., and also be available for community events.
Tremendous thanks goes to our fellow major sponsors for the event: Rainier Beach Safeway, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Southeast Seattle Tool Library, Seattle Police Department, and Rainier Beach Community Center. Thanks also to member Rainier Chamber for making Bridge to Beach Cleanup happen throughout the valley every year!!