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Proposal for Labyrinth

Summary

The Mission Committee proposes that St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church install a medium-sized labyrinth on the church’s front lawn. The estimated cost will be $21,478 to $27,728, depending on the model selected. Most of the funding will come from the sale of gift bricks. If this proposal is approved, the project will begin in November 2021 and be completed by June 2022.

Benefits

This labyrinth will:

Size

The front lawn is approximately 102 feet by 92 feet (or 9348 square feet). We propose a round labyrinth that is between 22-26 feet in diameter (or 1521-2124 square feet), depending on the model selected. Thus, the labyrinth would cover approximately 16-23 percent of the lawn, leaving plenty of room on the lawn for other uses.[1]

Design

We propose building a labyrinth from a purpose-made kit of paving bricks sold by The Labyrinth Company. The final design and colors have not yet been selected. Below are several options for the design.

Classical Round
$8,900

Chelsea a la Chartres

$12,900

Abingdon a la Chartres

$14,900


Two contrasting colors will be chosen from the following options.

Layout

Below is a diagram of the labyrinth in the front yard of the church. The dimensions are approximate.

Installation

We will contract with a professional local team that specializes in pavers to install the kit.

Click here to watch an installation video.

Name

We propose naming it the Willie Bilancio Community Labyrinth, in honor of the first donor to the Labyrinth Fund.

Estimated Costs[2]

Classical Round

Chelsea a la Chartres

Abingdon a la Chartres

Paver Kit

$9,400

$12,900

$14,900

Shipping

$2,000

$2,000

$2,000

Installation

$7,000

$7,000

$7,000

Signage

$128

$128

$128

Seating (assumes 3 benches)

$2,655

$2,655

$2,655

Landscaping

$500

$500

$500

Literature

$100

$100

$100

Literature Holder

$100

$100

$100

TOTAL

$21,883

$25,383

$27,383

Potential Funding

Labyrinth Fund

$1,042

Sale of Gift Bricks (please see next section)

$26,942

TOTAL

$27,984


Fundraising & Marketing

We will raise most of the funds for the labyrinth by selling engraved bricks.[3] The vendor of the bricks will be Gift Bricks. This company will set up a website to collect orders.

An example of mixed, engraved, clay bricks

We will offer four sizes of bricks.

2

x

4

in

4

x

4

in

4

x

8

in

8

x

8

in

The vendor offers clay bricks in a variety of colors. The final selection of brick color will depend on the colors selected for the labyrinth.

The bricks will be used to construct a short walkway (approximately 8 ft x 4 ft) from the Liberty Street sidewalk to the entrance to the labyrinth.

We will market the opportunity to members and friends of our parish, members and friends of other churches in Bath, local businesses, and the general public. A complete marketing plan will be developed upon approval of this proposal.


Signage

We will post a 3’ x 4’ printed wooden sign at the entrance to the labyrinth. It will be purchased from Signs.com.

 

Sample wooden sign

Seating

We will purchase three benches from The Bench Factory and install them around the perimeter of the labyrinth. They will be constructed of recycled plastic. The cost varies depending on the model purchased. The model shown is $868.85 per bench. We can add memorial plaques for approximately $100 per plaque.

Sunshine Garden Bench

Landscaping

We will plant wildflowers along the perimeter of the labyrinth to support bees and butterflies.

Literature

We will write and print a brochure or booklet with background information and instructions. We will offer the brochure/booklet in a freestanding outdoor flyer holder (shown on the right).  

Education and Programming

In addition to the labyrinth being available “on demand” to individuals, we envision offering group labyrinth walks on a periodic basis. A complete program plan will be developed upon approval of this proposal.

Permits

The parish will need to obtain a building permit from the Village of Bath. An additional permit may be needed from the Liberty Street Historic District (if it is still operational).

Timeline

October 2021

  • Ask the Mission Committee to approve the proposal
  • Ask the Property Committee to approve the proposal
  • Ask the Vestry to approve the proposal

November 2021

  • Announce the plan to the parish
  • Develop the marketing plan and materials

December 2021

January 2022

  • Launch marketing campaign
  • Apply for and receive permits
  • Develop the education and programming plan

February 2022

March 2022

  • Order labyrinth kit
  • Order Gift Bricks
  • Identify an installer

April 2022

  • Receive labyrinth kit
  • Receive Gift Bricks

May 2022

  • Install labyrinth and gift brick path

June 2022

  • Bless labyrinth
  • Begin education and programming plan

Project Manager

John Clinton Bradley has volunteered to serve as the project manager. John has a master’s certificate in project management from the George Washington School of Business and has successfully managed many large projects.

Financial Oversight

The Finance Committee will provide oversight for all project income and expenditures.


Appendix A: Labyrinth Specifications

Classical Round

Chelsea a la Chartres

Abingdon a la Chartres

Plaza Diameter/Area

 25'-9.75" / 523 sq.ft.

 21'-0.75" / 349 sq.ft.

 23'-7.25" / 438 sq.ft.

 Labyrinth Diameter

 25'-1.5"

 20'-4.5"

 22'-11"

 Number of Circuits

 7

 5

 6

 Circuit Width

 15-1/8"

 15-1/8"

 15-1/8"

 Path Width

 12-3/8"

 12-3/8"

 12-3/8"

 Line Width

 2-3/4"

 2-3/4"

 2-3/4"

 Center Diameter

 7'-4"

 6'-5"

 6'-5"

 Path Length

 345 feet

 197 feet

 260 feet

 Round Trip Length

 691 feet = .13 mile

 394 feet = .07 mile

 520 feet = .10 mile

 Capacity

 6 - 10 Walkers

 4 - 8 Walkers

 6 - 8 Walkers

 Material

 Concrete Paver Bricks in 2 Colors

Concrete Paver Bricks in 2 Colors

Concrete Paver Bricks in 2 Colors

 Thickness

 2-3/8" = 6 cm

 2-3/8" = 6 cm

 2-3/8" = 6 cm

 Composition

 High Strength 8000 PSI Concrete

 High Strength 8000 PSI Concrete

 High Strength 8000 PSI Concrete

 Packaging & Weight

 8 Pallets - 19,400 pounds

 7 Pallets - 12,920 pounds

 8 Pallets - 14,550 pounds


Appendix B: Gift Bricks Profit/Loss Estimate

Length (inches)

Width (inches)

Area (square inches)

Wholesale Price

Retail Price

Number of Bricks

Surface Area (square inches)

Wholesale Cost

Retail Cost

Profit

2

4

8

$9.95

$50.00

0

0

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

4

4

16

$12.00

$100.00

0

0

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

4

8

32

$18.20

$200.00

50

1600

$910.00

$10,000.00

$9,090.00

8

8

64

$36.30

$400.00

50

3200

$1,815.00

$20,000.00

$18,185.00

100

4800

$2,725.00

$30,000.00

$27,275.00


[1] See Appendix A for detailed specifications.

[2] The cost of installation is approximate. Estimated have not been obtained.

[3] See Appendix B for a profit and loss estimate.