Fields Of Amber What If Grassroots Full


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Fields Of Amber: A Wildflowers Living Memorial for our Taken, Missing and Lost Loved Ones

A grassroots beautification idea to keep child safety on the minds of our community, while enhancing our surroundings with living beauty. *Rough draft March 2010.

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  • April 28, 2010 By Barbara C. Benedict *Presented to the City of Escondido April 26, 2010
  • Fields of Amber would like to help promote the beautification of Harding Street east to Rose Street along the Creek Walk.
  • This presentation will enter the Creek Walk on the east end of town at Rose Street. Washington Park with the community pool is situated just a few steps north and covers the north/western corner at Rose and Washington Avenue.
  • This is the entry to the bike path –which in this section is on the southern side of the canal. This side is fully fenced for safety from the canal.
  • Along the first few steps heading west.
  • The first section from the southern side of the creek walk – just outside the fence at the parking lot of La Torterilla grocery to the south. Across the street to the south/east is Agrusa’s Deli in the Valley Plaza Shopping Center (with the big fabric store).
  • The most eastern side of the Rose Street entrance to Creek Walk, looking east. The Escondido Pregnancy and Family Care Clinic is in the parking lot to the south of the walk here. The clinic could encourage the women to get a healthy walk in after their visits.
  • A sample from my home (easement). The ice plant will crawl up the chain link nicely, creating a good fire barrier. I have “endless” donations to share of this particular ice plant which is very tough, and very drought tolerant. African Daisy’s, Spanish Lavender and various wildflowers seen in the background – also very tough and drought tolerant. I propagate (home gardener style) starter plants and seeds of these drought tolerant Wildflowers to share with the public too.
  • Some really pretty natural ideas.
  • More pretty ideas…
  • Some two by twelve inch wood beams and a few screws will make a nice, inexpensive, portable planter box for accent clusters. Just a simple four sided frame to hold in the top soil, no bottom needed.
  • The majority of the trails would be naturally arranged blooms from walking-by “Johnny Apple-seeders.”
  • The length of the walk lends itself to a grand scale of various Wild flowers and small decorative shurbs.
  • Ideas to add spots of polish and focus along the way.
  • Lightweight panels can be hung like picture frames to the chain link fence. Using nuts and bolts not screws for no destruction to fence. This would allow all pieces to be removable as needed. This allows the non-destructive removal of public art should more elaborate canal redevelopment take place in the the near or distant future.
  • This structure has a nice Latin and Native American feel, an homage to the ramadas of Rincon Indian Reservation in the 70’s at fiesta time. A celebration of our local history and culture.
  • When we take “ownership” of our neighborhoods in a POSTIVE way: - Seeding and sowing as we go, - The most beautiful side of our hidden valley appears, - The beauty of Escondido and our community reveal itself. - No money needed, just add people!
  • Created by: Barbara C. Benedict for Fields Of Amber, A Wildflowers Living Memorial for our Taken, Missing and Lost Loved Ones ©.
  • Fields Of Amber What If Grassroots Full

    1. 1. Fields of Amber © A Wildflowers Living Memorial for our Taken, Missing and Lost Loved Ones © Asks what if…
    2. 2. <ul><li>What if… </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>The community rolled up it’s sleeves… </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Put on a hat and a pair of gloves… </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Grabbed a hoe… </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>And headed out to the canal… </li></ul>
    7. 7. Escondido Creek (canal) Walk/Ride Harding Street  north/east to E. El Norte Pkwy.
    8. 8. A Sample block Trafalgar Square  east to Washington Park (Harding Street east towards Rose Street)
    9. 9. Escondido Creek @ N.Rose Street
    10. 10. Rose Street entrance at creek (Looking west back towards Harding)
    11. 11. Now, “before….”
    12. 12. Looking west from Rose
    13. 13. “ End cap” of Harding east to Rose St. (east side of Rose St.)
    14. 14. <ul><li>What if… </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>drought tolerant ice-plant and Wildflowers </li></ul><ul><li>sprung up in the Spring!.. . </li></ul>
    16. 19. free flowing Wildflowers sprung up along the path…
    17. 21. <ul><li>What if... </li></ul>
    18. 22. simple, portable public art <ul><li>attached to the chain-link fence!… </li></ul>
    19. 23. rustic gateway entries “skins” attached to existing chain-link structures!…
    20. 24. Oh what happy trails for you!
    21. 25. Fields of Amber © A Wildflowers Living Memorial for our Taken, Missing and Lost Loved Ones © Helping the grassroots take root! ©
    22. 26. For More information on how you can participate in creating Fields of Amber © See: and join us on Facebook: “ ” Tel . 760-846-2133 Email: [email_address]
    23. 27. Special Thanks to Sunset Magazine © “29 great garden paths”
    24. 28. <ul><li>Special Thanks! to Recording Artist Holly Near for writing her wonderful song </li></ul><ul><li>“ Kids Are Gonna Love” from her album “Edge” </li></ul>
    25. 29. <ul><li>In Living Memory </li></ul><ul><li>and dedication to our </li></ul><ul><li>Taken, Missing and Lost Loved Ones through Love and </li></ul><ul><li>Action! </li></ul>
    26. 30. In Loving Memory <ul><li>Chelsea King, 17 Feb. 25, 2010, Rancho Bernardo </li></ul><ul><li>Amber Leanne Dubois, 14 Feb. 13, 2009, Escondido </li></ul><ul><li>Danielle van Dam, 7, Feb. 2 2002 Sabre Springs/Poway </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Keever, 13, Mar. 27, 1993 Imperial Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan Sellers, 9, Mar. 27, 1993 Imperial Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda Leigh Gaeke, 9, Oct. 3, 1991, North Park </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Arroyo, 9, June 19, 1991 Chula Vista </li></ul><ul><li>Cara Knott, 20, Dec. 27, 1986 near Poway/Mira Mesa </li></ul><ul><li>Rickieann Blake, 14, Apr. 10, 1986, Chula Vista </li></ul><ul><li>John Mayeski, 16, July 5, 1978 from Mira Mesa </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Baker, 16, July 5, 1978 from Mira Mesa </li></ul><ul><li>Jose Luis Ramirez, 6, Feb. 6, 1977 Golden Hill </li></ul>
    27. 31. <ul><li>Still unsolved </li></ul>
    28. 32. Unsolved <ul><li>Mary Lou Olson, 10, Jan. 3, 1960 National City </li></ul><ul><li>Nikki Alexandra Benedict, 14, May 1, 1967 Poway </li></ul><ul><li>Patricia Lee Kuzara, 7, Sept. 28, 1974 Poway </li></ul><ul><li>Tammy Suzanne Johnson, 11, Feb. 17, 1975 Carlsbad </li></ul><ul><li>David Clinton Hobbs, 14, July 17, 1976 Golden Hill </li></ul><ul><li>Aleta Sue Grosenbach, 9, Aug. 14, 1976 from Bird Rock </li></ul><ul><li>Donald Whaley, 12, Sept. 25, 1976 El Cajon </li></ul><ul><li>Charitie Angelique Careins, 7, Aug. 5, 1988 Pacific Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Leticia Hernandez, 7, Dec. 16, 1989 Oceanside </li></ul><ul><li>Rasheeyda Wilson, 9 July 15, 1991, downtown San Diego </li></ul><ul><li>Jahi Turner, 2 April 25, 2002 Balboa Park </li></ul>
    29. 33. <ul><li>If you have any information </li></ul><ul><li>Please contact the San Diego Sheriff's </li></ul><ul><li>Cold Case Homicide Detail Office </li></ul><ul><li>Monday thru Friday </li></ul><ul><li>between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm </li></ul><ul><li>(858) 974-2321 </li></ul><ul><li>or by email </li></ul><ul><li>You may also call (858) 565-5200. </li></ul>
    30. 34. <ul><li>“ Unsolved” listed as reported at time of publication. </li></ul><ul><li>Sadly, these lists do not include all of our Taken, Missing and Lost Loved Ones. </li></ul><ul><li>If you would like Your Loved One added to one of these lists please contact </li></ul><ul><li>Fields Of Amber © </li></ul>
    31. 35. <ul><li>In dedication to all our </li></ul><ul><li>Taken, Missing and Lost Loved Ones </li></ul><ul><li>Loved and never forgotten </li></ul>
    32. 36. For More information on how you can participate in creating Fields of Amber © See: and join us on Facebook: “ ” Tel . 760-846-2133 Email: [email_address]