The Grove: Lease signed, ground broken

by Aimee Zygmonski, Managing Director       Posted April 5, 2016

It’s been a busy past few weeks here at Santa Cruz Shakespeare! I’m sure you’re wondering what we’ve been up to at DeLaveaga. We have signed a lease with the City of Santa Cruz. Currently, the lease is for two years, but we’re slated to renegotiate the terms of the lease again after this season to work out the details for a longer term lease. We also signed a construction contract with a local general contractor, Slatter Construction who is working with a variety of local sub-contractors to ready the site in a mere 12 weeks.

Artist rendering of The Grove.

Artist rendering of The Grove.

Part of the readying of the site also includes our habitat restoration: we are working with a local non-profit Groundswell to transplant native plants in the construction zone, with the intent to replant them elsewhere on the site this fall. Sunday, April 10 is a habitat work day at the site with Groundswell, and we’d love your volunteer hours from 10am-2pm to weed and remove invasive species. If you find yourself itching to help, sign up here for our upcoming work day, as well as other volunteer or in-kind opportunities at DeLaveaga.

We have been approved by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for a “PRI” – program related investment loan. With an extremely low interest rate, this bridge loan will help us cover this year’s expenses while pledge payments come in over the next two years. Do remember that in all this excitement, we still have 20% to go on our fundraising for DeLaveaga.

$82K Raised to date

The outpouring of monetary support has been amazing, and we know you can help us in the final push. We invite you to become a FOUNDING GROUNDLING for a donation of $50 or more.

Lastly, on Saturday, April 2, 2016, we held an official groundbreaking ceremony at the The Grove with the Santa Cruz City Council and other members of the City that helped bring this day to fruition! Check out the story that aired on KSBW and the photos below.

We hope to see you in our beautiful new home this summer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and our annual Fringe show: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando adapted by Sarah Ruhl. In the meantime, mark your calendars for when tickets go on sale: May 2 for SCS members, May 16 for general public.

See you in The Grove!