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Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is hosting a table at the Wedgwood Community Picnic at the Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave. NE on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the new park coming to the Wedgwood neighborhood, meet the design team and provide input on the design of the future park located at 8605 35th Ave. NE.
After working closely with the community to identify possible new park locations, SPR purchased the .33-acre site in 2014 to provide the neighborhood access to more open space in this urban area. SPR will work with the community on the design and encourages community participation. Fun activities and light refreshments will be served as we gather your input on the design. Please stop by our table and participate.
Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog for Seattle Parks and Recreation as well as other facilities including the Aquarium and Zoo. In addition, it provides funding to improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, provide programs for people of all ages and abilities, and acquire and develop new park land.
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For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Colin Campbell email@example.com or 206-256-5604.
Thank you to the Wedgwood Community Council for hosting this event.
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to learn about the major maintenance turf replacement project for Loyal Heights Playfield. Please join us on Monday, September 10, 2018 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St. Loyal Heights Playfield is well used by the community, especially by youth leagues, and this improvement project will improve access to the playfield and replace the existing turf installed in 2007 that has reached the end of its intended service life.
SPR is investing in state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems that provide safe, playable and durable fields. Loyal Heights Playfield is located at 2101 NW 77th St. Please take a quick survey to let us know how you use the field: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TurfLoyalHeightPlayField
Construction is anticipated to start in summer 2019. During construction the contractor will need to close the field and exterior restrooms at the Loyal Heights Playfield. SPR and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood.
For more information please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/loyal-heights-playfield-turf-replacement
For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Libby Hudson at 206-256-5988 or Libby.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City, in partnership with the Seattle Public School District, is preparing contingency plans for students and families in the event school does not start on September 5th as currently scheduled.
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Seattle’s demographics continue to evolve, and one of those changes is an increased population of African-born community members. Many reside in south Seattle, but the north end is also seeing big changes. Now Seattle Parks and Recreation has joined with Sound Generations, the Hunger Intervention Program (HIP), and Horn of Africa Services to offer the first meal and fitness program to serve the growing community of East African elders in north Seattle.
The program is a unique combination of place, people and services that brings an array of assistance to underserved populations. Sound Generations, a King County non-profit that provides services for older adults, their families and caregivers, supports people on their aging journey through community connections and accessible services. HIP will prepare and serve nutritious food that meets the unique cultural needs of the East African population, and Horn of Africa will provide multi-lingual and multicultural social work services onsite to help people connect with other services.
“We are dedicated to supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities,” says Christopher Williams, Interim Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation. “This new program helps us achieve all three of these goals by offering a culturally relevant gathering space for older adults to share a healthy meal and take part in associated recreational opportunities.”
This program launched on Tuesday, August 28th, and will be at the Northgate Community Center every Tuesday from 11 am to 2 pm with the meal service at noon. To find out more, visit the HIP blog.
Join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Camp Long for the fifth annual Camp Long Mountain Fest, a celebration of Seattle’s vibrant outdoor community and Camp Long’s place in mountaineering history. This free, family friendly event will take place at the Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave. SW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018.
All participants of Mountain Fest will enjoy a day of free access to rock climbing, rappelling, mountain-themed games and activities, and opportunities for nature-based learning. Event participants can develop outdoor living skills and experience an array of programs offered by Camp Long and other local organizations.
Mountain Fest activities will be made accessible to all people, regardless of their experience level, allowing beginners, intermediate, and advanced climbers and adventurers of all ages to enjoy the event*.
The goal of Mountain Fest is to continue the tradition started by Judge William G. Long and Clark Schurman, two of the founders of Camp Long, of providing access to outdoor recreation and education to all people, particularly underserved youth.
For more information about the event, please call 206-684-7415. Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Associated Recreation Council, Mountain Madness, Vertical World, 4-H, and the Falconer.
*Space for climbing and ropes course is limited, so we encourage early arrival to the festival and sign-up. Waivers are required for all climbing activities and will be available at the lodge. Participants need to wear closed-toed shoes. High ropes course is limited to height and weight that fit harnesses and to persons who have the physical ability to participate safely.
Yesler Terrace Park, Seattle’s newest park, officially opened on Aug. 25 with a community celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony. With sweeping views to downtown, Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier, Yesler Terrace Park is located next to the Yesler Community Center and offers something for everyone in its two-acre footprint.
An expansive plaza can accommodate community events and a variety of intimately scaled spaces for gathering and play. Sculptural installations by artist Christine Bourdette celebrate the community’s cultural heritage, and her centerpiece at the central plaza becomes a spraypark during the summer months. Taking advantage of the site’s topography, the playground below the plaza includes play structures that straddle the grade change, along with a slope for climbing up and sliding down. Active sports amenities include a basketball court and a soccer spot that was developed in partnership with the Seattle Sounder’s RAVE Foundation.
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The Friends of Piper’s Orchard invite the community to join them in celebrating Carkeek Park’s historic orchard on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events will include cider pressing and tasting, live music, an apple pie contest, activities for kids, guided tours of the historic orchard and more.
The event will take place at the Nancy Malmgren Environmental Center (950 NW Carkeek Park Road). Visitors are encouraged to park below the learning center; volunteers will be directing guests.
The event is free and open to the public. Activities will include:
- Apple pie contest: Bring a made-from-scratch contest entry by 10:00 a.m. and buy a piece of contest pie after the winners are announced.
- Fresh pressed cider: Visitors are encouraged to try out making cider the old-fashioned way, with a fresh cider press.
- Apple identification: Bring apples from your home orchard for variety identification.
- Homemade pie: Visitors are invited to donate homemade pies. Fresh warm cider and slices of pie will be available at Tillie’s Café for a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.
- Orchard tours: Expert volunteers who have painstakingly restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are going strong as well as younger trees and grape vines.
- Apple tasting: Visitors will have the chance to taste heirloom apple varieties from the orchard and other sources.
- Kids’ crafts: Little ones will enjoy organized arts and crafts activities.
- Live music: Talented musicians will provide live music during the festival.
- Master Gardener Clinic: Activities for adults and children.
- Carkeek Wildlife Habitat Garden tour: A tour of the gardens near the Environmental Learning Center will be offered.
The Friends of Piper’s Orchard is a group of dedicated volunteers who rescued the historic North Seattle orchard from invasive plants. The annual Festival of Fruit raises awareness and funds to help the volunteers ensure that the orchard, originally planted in the 1890s, will survive at least another 100 years.
The Festival is sponsored by Friends of Piper’s Orchard, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Tree Fruit Society and City Fruit.
Seattle was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of our commitment to effective urban forest management.
The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.
Seattle achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a nieghborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information can be found at arborday.org.
Flourish: Heaven & Earth 10 at Carkeek Park, August 20 – October 21
Guest-curated by ArtSite Ltd. Opening reception Saturday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Education Center Table / Individual Artist Stations in Park.
Since 2009, the Heaven & Earth exhibition series has served as a kind of incubator for experiments in environmental art that help artists begin careers in public art. Through generous support of the Carkeek Park Advisory Council and its parent organization Associated Recreation Council, as well as various granting agencies over the years (Seattle Arts & Culture, 4Culture), the series has distributed approximately $88,000 to more than 105 artists. For 2018, guest curator ArtSite Ltd. identified Flourish as a theme:
“Flourish” allowed a creative narrative with a beginning, middle and result – or any stage or gesture along the path. We invited artists to develop a temporary site specific art work for the Carkeek Park with the intention of visual interpretation of “Flourish”. The net result includes 8 art works with various interpretations of the theme with a concentration on the bold and unexpected through colorful expression, scale, or reimagining a common site within a park – a tree, burl, benches, a beacon for sailors, etc. Scattered throughout the park visitors can discover these each on their own.
On behalf of everyone involved, especially the artists, welcome to this year’s exhibition.
Comments: email@example.com; More info: http://heavenandearth.carkeekpark.org
Sean Carleton, carletonfw.com
Elise Koncsek, koncsek.com/public-art
Angie Hinojos Yusuf, mutinybaystudios.weeebly.com
Rebecca Jones, rebjones.com
Steven Markussen, stevenmarkussen.com
Robin Sanders, robinmsanders.com
Randi Ganulin, randiganulin.com
Abigail Maxey, cargocollective.com/AbigailKM