Memorial Service in February for Vickie Powell, Who Fought to Keep Wingspread a Park

Memorial notice for Vickie Powell, at her beloved Wingspread
Memorial notice for Vickie Powell, at her beloved Wingspread
Taped up in the Aptos park area known as Porter-Sesnon, or Wingspread, is a memorial notice for Vickie Powell, one of the people who fought against developing the beautiful cliffside park.

There will be a memorial for Powell Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Corralitos Grange. You can get more information by writing to vickiememorial@gmail.com.
Powell was born in Detroit and moved to Santa Cruz in the 1980s. She was a business consultant and the CEO of Bizquests, a consulting group that specialized in environmental businesses. She won the Sierra Club's Environmentalist of the Year award. 

Powell died Nov. 5, months after her husband Jim Murray, who died July 19. 

Here is a comment about her fight posted on wikimapia.org:

  •  occardog (guest) Credit is due to Vickie Powell, who spearheaded the fight for over 17 years to stop the inappropriate development of this prime oceanfront property. She formed the Friends of Porter-Sesnon, wrote the winning ballot measure to stop the development (winning by a 2/3rd majority) and co-authored with Senator Henry Mello, the legislation that acquired the property for a state park. For her work on this issue the California Sierra Club presented her with their Environmentalist of Year Award. Also in recognition of her efforts, the California State Parks Department system placed a bronze plaque at the park entrance, dedicating the park to Ms. Powell and Senator Mello.


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