What good IS a parking lot?
Imagine if you will - a semi truck off-loading construction materials. Or a cement truck bringing in a load of concrete for building foundations. Without a decent parking lot, and just a little bit of rain or snow, the truck drivers pull onto our property, and encounter classic South Dakota gumbo soil...and sink. A good parking lot means trucks are kept high and dry, we have happy drivers, and happy carpenters.
Imagine if you will - a family bringing an injured owl to the new Raptor Center, and pulling up on a gravel parking lot to bring their precious cargo in for medical help. Safe. Clean. For them and for the volunteers at the Center.
Imagine if you will - a class of children busting out the door of their school bus on the Raptor Center parking lot. The parking lot is their first physical contact with a special place for birds and children. They shouldn't have to think about jumping mud puddles, or getting shoes dirty. Instead, they will stay focused on their eagerness to learn about the role raptors have in the natural world.
What good is a parking lot? A well designed, well built one is a blessing for the next 50 years. Without it, none of the scenarios that end in a positive way can happen safely or easily.
To this end, both a matching gift effort called "Parking with Wild Abandon" and the Pampered Chef fundraiser we shared in our June newsletter were dedicated to our new parking lot. We brought in a total of $739 from these two efforts. To our Pampered Chef devotees, our thanks! Plus a huge thanks to Kimberly Crowe, Pampered Chef consultant from Hot Springs, who donated all her earnings from our fundraiser to our cause.
A parking lot is being built this month on our property. Check the website and our Facebook page to see current photos of the efforts.