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'Art in Park' may happen despite lack of funding from city of Sunnyside

Jaclyn Kendall went before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night to get approval and hopefully funding for an Art in the Park program she plans to run on Tuesday mornings starting July 10 at South Hill Park.

Kendall talked about how she remembered a similar program as a child, and now she has time and desire to give back to the community.

Kendall, who will be running a "Mommy and Me boot camp" for toddlers and parents to get out in the park and exercise, brought her plan for Art in the Park to the parks and recreation commission members, who asked her to bring the request before the council.

Kendall estimated her costs would be $875 for the eight-week program and asked the council for approval.

Before the council could comment, Councilwoman Theresa Hancock personally pledged $250 to the program.

"I hate to be the bad guy," said City Manager Frank Sweet before explaining that the city doesn't have money for more programs. He suggested that Kendall approach Sunnyside's Promise to request funding.

Hancock then pledged to get the rest of the money. Kendall said she has no problem going out to businesses to get money for this program and other programs she hopes to conduct.

"I didn't expect you to have a checkbook, well, I kind of did," she said to laughter. "You don't, so I've let that go."

Kendall also described some of the other programs she has in mind to conduct.

Councilman Don Vlieger asked her if she'd considered scheduling conflicts with other groups in the park. Kendall replied that she's aware of the issues.

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