Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation and Feet First collaborate on Safe Routes to School project

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Representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, and the Beacon Hill community cut the ribbon on an improved sidewalk and route to school for Asa Mercer International Middle School on Dec. 1, 2015.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, and the Beacon Hill community cut the ribbon on an improved sidewalk and route to school for Asa Mercer International Middle School on Dec. 1, 2015. The project improved the sidewalk, drainage, and parking along 16th Ave. S between S Dakota St. and S Nevada St., just west of the Jefferson Playfield. The new improvements were in response to access and safety concerns to increase safety and walkability for the students as well as the community.

The walkway is one of the main routes to school for many Asa Mercer International Middle School students and prior to this project was often unusable due to puddling and mud from the adjacent hill. This improved sidewalk joins with the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway, improving the connection for residents to the school and Jefferson Park. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to learn about the Lewis Park Natural Area Improvements

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting for the Lewis Park Natural Area Improvement Opportunity Fund project on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center. Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Avenue S.

This project adds trails and improves access that allows for a picnic area, views and gathering spaces. The Friends of Lewis Park selected Hafs Epstein landscape architects to create the conceptual design for the project located on North Beacon Hill at 1120 15th Ave. S.  The meeting will be an opportunity for the community to learn about the project and provide input.

From pulling ivy and blackberry in the rain and planting native plants, to staffing outreach tables, the community has demonstrated its desire to shape the future of this unique park. Funding from Department of Neighborhoods, King County, and the Green Seattle Partnership supported these volunteer efforts by providing professional crews to restore the steep slopes and ravine area. As a result of this collaborative process native plants are blooming, new wildlife is discovering the natural area, and the community received this $700,000 Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund to move the project forward.

The community is encouraged to attend this next step in the improvement project and provide feedback on this project.

For more information on the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lewis_park/ or  contact Garrett Farrell at 233-7921 or garrett.farrell@seattle.gov.

Construction starting at Jefferson Golf Course

Work on Jefferson Park Golf Course is set to begin mid-November 2013. The project includes a new clubhouse and improvements to golf services, and provides community space for non-golfers. Seattle Parks and Recreation expects work to be complete December 2014.

The course will remain open throughout construction and Seattle Parks will continue to offer as many services and amenities as possible. Temporary facilities for the pro shop and food service will be located across Beacon Ave., behind the existing first tee.  Efforts are being made to keep the driving range partially useable.

Jefferson Park Golf Course’s new two-story clubhouse will include a banquet hall, a café with outdoor dining, a pro-shop, and teaching space. A double-deck driving range will be built. Improvements will be made to paths, the cart bard, and parking.

The $7 million Jefferson Golf Course improvement project is part of the Golf Master Plan. In 2006, Seattle’s City Council adopted Golf Financial Policies (Resolution 30926) which call for golf revenues to be used to support operations and maintenance of the courses, transfer 3.5% of gross revenue to the Park fund to support overhead costs, and set aside the remainder for golf capital improvements. 

Built in 1915, Jefferson Park Golf Course is situated in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, just south of downtown. The course, measures over 6,200 yards and features vistas of the city’s skyline and Mount Rainier. It is maintained by the City of Seattle and managed by Premier Golf Centers LLC. Jefferson Park includes an 18-hole and a 9-hole golf course, a restaurant with banquet facilities, and a driving range. Instruction is available for golfers at all levels.

For more information on the Jefferson Park Golf Course improvements, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/jefferson_golf/.

For more information on the Golf Master Plan, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/athletics/golfcrse.htm#plan.

If you have questions about the project, please contact project manager Toby Ressler at toby.ressler@seattle.gov.

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Van Asselt Community Center offers new toddler drop-in times

Seattle Parks and Recreation now offers drop-in Toddler Gym time, adding new programming to the Van Asselt/New Holly/South Beacon Hill community.

Starting Jan 9, Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St., will host an open toddler time on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $3 per child.

Toddler gym is designed for kids ages 5 and younger, and the toys are most appropriate for toddlers who have learned to walk. The room includes cars, trikes, mats, games, occasionally a bounce house, and more. Come check it out and bring a young friend!

Become a fan of Van Asselt Community Center at facebook.com/VanAsseltCC. Want to get involved? If you want to volunteer, we welcome you!

For more information, please call Carl Bergquist 206-386-1921 or e-mail him at carl.bergquist@seattle.gov.

The Friends of Lewis Park invite the community to first public design meeting

The Friends of Lewis Park will host the first design meeting for Lewis Park on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Branch library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. The Friends of Lewis Park have been actively leading the restoration of the 5-acre Lewis Park Natural Area located on North Beacon Hill since 2007.

From pulling ivy and blackberry in the rain and planting native plants to staffing outreach tables, the community has demonstrated its desire to shape the future of this unique park. Funding from Department of Neighborhoods, King County, and the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund have supported volunteer efforts by providing professional crews to restore the steep slopes and ravine area. As a result, native plants are blooming, new wildlife is discovering the natural area, and our community is enjoying the beautiful urban forest they have worked so hard to transform.

The Friends of Lewis Park are guiding restoration into the next phase, emphasizing design goals that include community stewardship to help prevent unwanted activity; to educate children, youth and adults about the benefits of a healthy urban forest; to broaden outreach efforts to connect more diverse populations; to strengthen existing community relationships; and to forge new relationships in the neighborhood.

The Lewis Park steering committee received a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple award to hire a landscape architect who will facilitate a public process. This will result in a landscape plan designed to meet the goals of fostering long-term community stewardship of Lewis Park Natural Area.

For more information on the project and to learn about work parties at the park please visit http://www.lewispark.org/ or contact Pam Kliment, Seattle Parks and Recreation, project planner at 206-684-7556 or Pamela.Kliment@seattle.gov.

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Parks to Hold Meeting for Beacon Hill Playground Renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a community meeting for the Beacon Hill Playground site renovations on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Jefferson Park Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S. The project will make site improvements to enhance use and safety at the play area and access improvements to facilitate use by all users. 

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $180,000 for the planning, design and construction of the renovation. Beacon Hill Playground is located at 1902 13th Ave S. 

Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by a 59% vote in November 2008. The new $146 million Levy provides acquisition funding for new neighborhood parks and green spaces and development funding for projects such as improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, renovated playgrounds, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities. Recognizing the importance of creating vibrant and engaging green spaces for Seattle as it grows, Seattle Parks and Recreation moved quickly into action, and by December 2009 — just one year after the passage of the Levy — will have added 2.53 acres to the park system and completed eight new development projects, will have six projects in construction, and another 20 projects in the planning and design phase. 

For more information, please contact Kelly Davidson, Project Manager 206-684-0998 or kelly.davdison@seattle.gov or visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/beacon_hill/playground.htm 

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