Bricks on SMILE Station's new front path now 'on sale'
"Give the gift of eternity! – By having an engraved brick in the new SMILE Station front path," encouraged SMILE Board President Joel Leib, trying out a marketing slogan for the new fundraising program on September 5.
As the old Sellwood Bridge's railing fragment was installed in front of the meeting house owned by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association, Leib told THE BEE that a suggestion was made to add a brick pathway, leading from the sidewalk on S.E. 13th Avenue at Tenino Street, up the front lawn to the monument, and continuing to the front steps.
"It took a year to happen, because some people were not initially for it," Leib told THE BEE. "But now, the path has been installed, and the next step is to start the fundraiser, encouraging people to 'buy a brick' and have it engraved."
The funds raised will help liquidate the cost of the project; excess funds that might be generated will be used for other neighborhood needs, according to Leib. More than 500 bricks can be thus memorialized, as well as about 40 larger 12" x 12" pavers.
"We're offering the bricks and pavers for 10% discount through the end of 2017; $90 for regular size brick, and the larger pavers go for $450 each, Leib said. The bricks are to be engraved without removing them by "On the Rocks Engraving" of Milwaukie, in April or May of next year.
For complete information, including how to purchase, after the first of October visit the new website at – www.getasmilebrick.com; or after October 1 go to – www.SellwoodMoreland.org, and look for the "Buy a Brick" link.