• The Eli's Park Project

Updated: Mar 23

Dear Mom,

I got my copy of A Home for Gnome in the mail today.

I love every aspect of this book. From the sweet story, to the beautiful illustrations, to the clever language, to the fact that you’re so generously giving 100% of proceeds to the Eli’s Park Project. It’s really amazing.

I have a favorite part though. I love that each character relies on the kindness and support of others, while also having something valuable to offer. It’s how I remember Eli. He needed support for some things that come naturally to many of us—walking, eating, talking. And at the same time, he was teaching us all about love and belonging.

I want to always remember this: Every one of us needs help and every one of us can help.

I’m so proud of you, Mom. Not just for writing such a beautiful story. The support for this Seattle-based park project from my hometown, all the way across the state, is a testament to the way you have lived your life in Wenatchee. It’s a reflection of the way you see the best in people and are always willing to lend a helping hand.

We're experiencing the powerful ripple effect of your lifetime of love for others. Thank you.

I love you, mom.


A Home for Gnome is available for purchase at:!

A heartfelt thanks to Rufus Woods of The Wenatchee World for featuring our project and Mom’s contribution in his column. We appreciate you, Rufus, and your commitment to reporting with compassion and supporting a more inclusive community.

  • The Eli's Park Project

Updated: Mar 23

One really exciting aspect of this park is the opportunity we have to connect people to nature while simultaneously restoring, protecting and preserving the land.

A low woodland understory of native and drought tolerant plantings add beauty, color and act as living mulch.

Open groves of closely planted trees with airy canopies create open groves, places for play and a nature-based experience while maintaining clear sightlines.

A sensory garden allows visitors to smell, taste, touch and gather for immersive and educational opportunities.

A bio retention area includes swales and snags which provides stormwater benefits and creates habitat and educational opportunities.

Stay tuned to see how our landscape architects are designing with meticulous attention to detail around accessibility to ensure all people can interact with nature and experience the health benefits it provides.

  • The Eli's Park Project

Updated: Mar 23

Have you ever hiked in the fall and seen a larch tree—it’s bright yellow needles standing proudly against a forest of green?

Have you ever gazed at the lake from the Center for Urban Horticulture, amazed to see turtles, ducks, geese and a great blue heron all in a single frame?

Have you ever come to an Eli’s Park Project community meeting and met people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities working together for a common goal?

There’s an age-old design concept of unity in variety. Finding commonalty in things that appear different is inherently beautiful.

We are wired to appreciate diversity.

The most beautiful part of our project is the unity and variety of our community. Every voice truly matters and the more unique voices, the better. In this time that we can’t come together physically, you can still help us reach more people!

Who do you know that has ideas and experiences we need to hear?

Who do you know that is already passionate about inclusion?

Who do you know that could benefit from joining our journey?

Please help us grow our community! Only together, is it possible to create a park for all.