#HowSeattleRiots: $26,000 for Pergola Repair Comes Together In A Week

It’s been a week since the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Eight days, to be exact. And according to a press release from Karen O’Connor, the acting communications strategic advisor of Seattle Parks and Recreation, that’s how long it took for Seattle (thanks to a healthy contribution from the Western Washington Honda Dealers Association) to come up with the money to pay for repairs to Pioneer Square’s Pergola.

As you’ll recall, the Pergola was damaged in the aftermath of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory - resulting in a $25,000 price tag for repairs. As is typical of Seattle, a GoFundMe.com campaign was quickly launched to foot the bill, with locals Amanda Gallagher Quinn and Shana Pennington-Baird taking the lead.

Well, tomorrow at 9 a.m. Quinn and Pennington-Baird will present the Seattle Parks Foundation with a check for $16,000, money rounded up via the GoFundMe.com campaign. And to seal the deal, the Western Washington Honda Dealers Association will also be on hand, kicking in a check for $10,000.

As my colleague Kelton Sears noted last week, this, indeed, is #HowSeattleRiots.

Check the press release below:

Community donates funding for Pergola repairs

Seattle Parks Foundation receives checks Tuesday Feb. 11, 9 a.m.

Western Washington Honda Dealers Association and Gofundme #HowSeattleRiots creators will present donations of $10,000 and $16,000 respectfully to the Seattle Parks Foundation at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Pioneer Square, 100 Yesler Way.

The donations will fund needed repairs for the historic landmark Pergola that was damaged after the Super Bowl championship. Honda association representatives, and crowd-sourcing organizers Amanda Gallagher Quinn and Shana Pennington-Baird will present oversized checks to Seattle Parks Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation officials. The event will take place in Pioneer Square on the north side of the Pergola. Public attendance is encouraged.

“As we celebrate our big win in Seattle, we need to recognize and respect the Pergola as a national historic landmark,” said Western Washington Honda Dealers President Jason Courter. “The week’s celebration is settling down and we as a community need to come together to help with the cleanup. The Western Washington Honda Dealers family is comprised of so many Seahawks fans and in the famous words of our quarterback Russell Wilson we said, ‘Why not us?’”

Courter was inspired by the community’s crowd-sourcing efforts started by Quinn and Baird. The site raised more than $16,000 in less than 24 hours.

Repairs are currently underway. The City contracted with Herzog Glass and Seattle Parks and Recreation plans to use left-over funding for Pioneer Square parks and green spaces improvements.

The Pergola was commissioned for construction in 1909 to be the covering to an underground comfort station, said to be the most ornate west of the Mississippi River. When local media told the public about the $25,000 price tag, there was some community resistance. Then-Park Board Executive Ferdinand Schmitz was so certain of the future popularity of the Pergola and underground restroom that he promised to repay the City in full if people objected to it. He never had to make good on his promise. The comfort station closed in the 1940s.

On Jan. 15, 2001, the Pergola was hit by a truck and shattered. The thousands of shards of cast iron were painstakingly pieced together by the century-old, family-owned Seidelhuber Iron & Bronze Works in South Park. The refurbished Pergola is now supported by an internal skeleton of 20 tons of structural steel.

The Pergola and the Tlingit Totem Pole in Pioneer Square Park, as well as the adjacent Pioneer Building are all National Historic Landmarks.

Western Washington Honda Dealers Association is a group of 18 Washington State Honda Dealerships employing hundreds of Washington residents and servicing Seattle and surrounding communities since 2008. The association is dedicated to providing exceptional service and economic development for the Western Washington region. Visit http://www.westernwashingtonhondadealers.com/ for more details.

Seattle Parks Foundation is a Pioneer Square based nonprofit organization that advocates and raises funds for community-led public space projects in Seattle. The Foundation works with donors, civic and neighborhood groups, government agencies, and colleague institutions to support a shared vision of a city connected through great parks, trails, and natural areas. Visit http://seattleparksfoundation.org/ to learn how to get involved.

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