Seattle Parks invites the public for an open house welcoming the new Seacrest Boathouse concessionaire

Seattle Parks and Marination, the new Concessionaire for the Seacrest Boathouse Facility, are hosting an open house on March 27, 2012, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the boathouse, 1660 Harbor Avenue SW.

The public is invited to the open house for a question and answer session and to learn about Marination’s vision and plan for providing quality food services at Seacrest. Come and learn about:

• What types of food they will have on their menu
• What types of boating recreation, and amenities, new and old, will be provided
• What types of remodeling and enhancements to the facility that are being proposed

We look forward to seeing you. For more information, please call Charles Ng, Operations Manager, Magnuson Park and Business Resources, at 206-684-8001, or email him at charles.ng@seattle.gov.

Final public meeting coming up for Beaver Pond Natural Area on Thornton Creek

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the final public meeting for the Beaver Pond Natural Area on Thornton Creek, a community initiated restoration project, on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE..

The Watershed Company and Parks staff will present the final schematic plan for the restoration that was created based on community feedback from the first public meeting in January. At this meeting, Parks is seeking community input on priorities for restoration and natural area improvements.

This project modifies the existing park, refines and completes channel work in portions of the park by relocating two portions of Thornton Creek, removes invasive plants and restores native habitat.

Beaver Pond Natural Area on Thornton Creek consists of several contiguous parcels located near the Northgate Community Center, and continues northeasterly into the Maple Leaf neighborhood. It is bordered by NE 103rd St. and NE 107th St. to the south and north and by 5th Ave. NE to the west and Roosevelt Way NE to the east. The park includes the South Branch of Thornton Creek, wooded areas, wetlands, several trails, and a wide variety of wildlife including an active beaver pond. There are several major access points located at the south end of the park, on NE 105th St. and at the corner of NE 106th St. and 9th Ave. NE.

This project is one of 15 projects to receive funding through the first round of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. The Opportunity Fund provides $15 million in funding for community initiated park development or property acquisition projects. Please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/levy/opportunity.htm to view other projects that received funding.

For additional information about the project please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/thornton_creek/naturalize_northgate.htm
or contact Emily Lofstedt, Parks Planner at 206-684-7047or Emily.lofstedt@seattle.gov.