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Share your Commons Story with Us!


As Third Place Commons celebrates its 20th anniversary this year as your community nonprofit, we would love to hear about what the Commons and the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market have meant to YOU over the past two decades.

Whether you’re a lifetime local, or brand new to the neighborhood, we want to hear from you!

Tell us your Commons story in approximately 250 words or fewer. It may be featured on our website, on social media, or even at our annual community breakfast (and birthday party) on Thursday, March 5th!

Need help getting started? Here are some prompts that might help get your creative juices flowing:
• Write a love letter to Third Place Commons in honor of Valentine’s Day.
• Imagine your community without Third Place Commons or the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market. What would you miss most?
• Are you a long-time resident? Share your thoughts on the Town Center mall before Third Place Commons was here, and on how it has changed with the addition of Third Place Commons.
• Tell us about a time in your life when the community at Third Place Commons was especially important to you.
• Tell us about your favorite way to use Third Place Commons. Do you meet with friends? Come to dance? Bring the little ones for family programs? Shop the farmers market?
• Write a poem about Third Place Commons or the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market.

Choose one of these prompts or follow your own. Just write from the heart!

Please email all submissions to [email protected] by Wednesday, February 19th. Submissions may be in Word files, PDF, or in the body of the email. Be sure to include your full name and a good telephone phone number to contact you. (See below for the fine print.)

Photos to go with your stories are welcome!

Fine Print:
• By submitting your story and/or photos, you grant Friends of Third Place Commons (“Third Place Commons”) permission to use all submitted materials in any future communications whether online, in print, at public events, or via any hitherto unforeseen forum or method.
• Prior to publication or public sharing, stories may be edited for length or for standard spelling, grammar, and mechanics. They will not be altered for content or meaning.
• All stories must be submitted with author name and contact information. Stories or excerpts may be published anonymously at the author’s request, and at the discretion of representatives of Third Place Commons.
• All photos must be submitted by the original photographer (copyright holder) or submitted with express, written permission from the original photographer for use by Third Place Commons.
• All storytellers will be notified if their stories are or will be shared. When feasible, links to published stories will be provided to storytellers.