Live in an apartment? Grow food with Seattle Tilth!

Enjoy free classes on composting and container gardening at downtown parks this summer

This summer, Seattle Tilth will teach apartment and condominium dwellers how to grow salad greens, herbs and vegetables in containers and how to compost food waste indoors or on balconies or patios. Great for beginning and experienced gardeners, these classes provide new ideas and will help troubleshoot site challenges. Seattle Tilth garden experts will show innovative ways to grow food organically with limited space and reduce food waste for people who don’t have a yard or garden plot.

New classes this year include, “Grow Great Tomatoes in Containers” and “Grow Edible & Ornamental Flowers in Containers.” Classes are free and sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Freeway Park Association and Pike Place Market. The schedule is as follows:

Free Classes by Location:

FREEWAY PARK
700 Seneca St., Seattle, WA 98101
Thursdays from noon–1:30 p.m.
June 19 Grow Great Tomatoes in Containers
July 10 Herb Gardening in Containers

Thursdays from 5:30–7 p.m.
June 26 Grow Salad in Containers

VICTOR STEINBRUECK PARK 2000 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Tuesdays from 5:30–7 p.m.
July 15 Composting for Apartment Dwellers
July 29 Grow Salad in Containers
Aug. 5 Herb Gardening in Containers
Aug. 19 Composting for Apartment Dwellers

Wednesdays from 5:30–7 p.m.
July 9 Summer Vegetable Gardening in Containers
July 23 Fall and Winter Gardening in Containers
Aug. 13 Grow Edible & Ornamental Flowers in Containers

About Seattle Tilth Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. Programs in Seattle and King County include environmental, farm, garden and cooking education, plus food distribution, volunteer opportunities and community events.

For more information, please visit www.seattletilth.org or call 206-633-0451 ext. 128.

 

2nd Annual Downtown Night Out Against Crime Held at Bell Street Park

The Seattle Police Foundation in partnership with Target, the Downtown Seattle Association, the Seattle Hotel Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods, the Belltown Community Council and the Belltown Business Association will be hosting a community Night Out event to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our community.

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013 the Downtown community will unite once again for the Second Annual Downtown Night Out at Bell Street Park from 5- 8 p.m. Night Out is an opportunity for residents to come together in support of public safety and safer neighborhoods. This community event will provide residents with crime prevention tips and an opportunity to meet their neighbors over free food, games and live music, as well as an opportunity to meet the Seattle Police Department’s specialty units including K-9, mounted patrol and more. 

The community is also celebrating the completion of the first block (1st – 2nd Avenue) of Bell Street Park . The entire park will run from 1st and 5th Avenues on Bell Street and will open in December 2013. Construction is underway on block 2 and 3 from 3rd – 5th and construction on the final block from 2nd – 3rd will begin after Labor Day.

This is the second year that a Night Out event is taking place in Downtown Seattle, providing an opportunity for Downtown’s growing residential community to get to know their neighbors and learn more about public safety. Bell Street Park was selected as the ideal location for Downtown Night Out as upon completion it will be a unique park for Seattle, providing much needed community open space for the high density Belltown neighborhood.  The project converts one traffic lane and reconfigures parking to create a park-like corridor through the heart of Belltown on Bell Street.

Night Out is a national event and Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out. The program has been growing every year, with more than 1,200 neighborhoods participating in 2012. Night Out is a unique opportunity to bring neighborhoods together to talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and have a great time while doing it.

With crime rates at near record lows for Seattle, we want to celebrate our success and continue our efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe. If you have a neighborhood that has seen a decrease in crime, it is a time to celebrate your achievements. If you have ongoing crime problems you are working on, it is a chance to renew your focus, start a Block Watch if you haven’t already, and take a public stand against crime in your neighborhood.

The Seattle Police Foundation is joining Target, Downtown Seattle Association, Seattle Hotel Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Department of Neighborhoods, Belltown Community Council, and the Belltown Business Association to make this event possible.

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 For more information on the Night Out, the Seattle Police Foundation, Target, the Downtown Seattle Association, the Seattle Hotel Association and Bell Street Park:

http://www.seattlepolicefoundation.org

www.target.com

http://downtownseattle.com/

http://www.seattlehotelassociation.org/

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/bell_street/boulevard_park.htm

http://www.seattle.gov/spd/nightout/

 

 

Construction begins on Bell Street Park

Construction on Bell Street Park begins Thursday, March 21, 2013. Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to AGR Construction Inc.

The project will be divided into phases with each block being constructed individually to minimize disruption to local residents and business. The completed park will run between 1st – 5th avenues on Bell Street. AGR Construction will begin phase one between 1st to 2nd avenues with completion anticipated by the end of May 2013.

Seattle Parks is providing safe access to all businesses and residents along this portion of Bell Street during construction.  Parks appreciates the neighborhood’s consideration and cooperation during construction and encourages residents to contact Project Manager Patrick Donohue with construction concerns.

Bell Street Park will be a unique park for Seattle, providing much needed community open space for the high density Belltown neighborhood. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy project provides the funding to convert one traffic lane and reconfigures parking to create a park-like corridor through the heart of Belltown on Bell Street.

The project was first envisioned in the 1998 Belltown/Denny Triangle Neighborhood Plan with leadership from the Belltown Housing and Land Use Committee. Subsequently, the Belltown Community Council, Belltown Business Association and other community groups requested that the City develop the project as a response to inadequate open space facilities in the neighborhood and the difficulty in purchasing property for such uses.

For more information please contact Patrick Donohue, project manager, at 206-684-9286 or patrick.donohue@seattle.gov or visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/bell_street/boulevard_park.htm.

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Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting January 10

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 10, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny. The meeting agenda includes:

Park Safety and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Parks and Seattle Police Department staff will brief the board on the department’s efforts to incorporate CPTED principals when planning and designing parks.

Downtown Parks Initiative. Seattle Parks and Recreation Center City Parks Initiative Strategic Advisor Victoria Schoenburg update the board on efforts to maintain vibrancy in our urban parks.

Park Board Business.

  • Coal terminals. The Board will finalize a letter expressing concerns about any expansion of coal terminals that would result in more trains traveling through Seattle parks.
  • Committee reports.

Associated Recreation Council – Commissioners Angulo

Central Waterfront – Commissioner Kincaid

Discovery Park Mitigation Fund – Commissioner Barber

Seattle Parks Foundation – Commissioner Maryman

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program (http://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp). Current members are Antoinette Angulo, John Barber, Megan Heahlke, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Caitlin McKee, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or email her at sandy.brooks@seattle.gov.

This press release is available on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s blog, Parkways.

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Park Board to Hold Regular Meeting March 24

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in the Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N at the corner of Dexter and Denny. 

The meeting agenda includes:

Discussion and recommendation on proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines for downtown parks.

This item was originally scheduled for a Board discussion and recommendation at the February 24 meeting, which was cancelled because of the weather. 

These guidelines will provide direction on the activities that will promote a mix of active and passive use for the workers, residents, and visitors who use the parks. The policy covers City Hall Park, Freeway Park, Hing Hay Park, Occidental Square, Piers 62/63, Victor Steinbrueck Park, Waterfront Park, and Westlake Park. It encourages park uses consistent with Parks’ new direction for downtown parks, based on the work of the Center City Task Force: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/downtown.asp. Parks is working to provide for more positive activities and entertainment in these parks to make them feel safer and more inviting. The policy would supersede old supplemental use guidelines for Market (Steinbrueck) Park, Freeway Park, Occidental Park, and Waterfront Park. 

The Board heard a staff briefing on these proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines at its January 27 meeting and held a public hearing at its February 10 meeting. 

The Supplemental Use Guidelines briefing paper is available online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/.

Associated Recreation Council (ARC) Update.

Bill Keller, Executive Director of the Associated Recreation Council, will brief the board on ARC’s latest activities. Seattle Parks and Recreation partners with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to offer a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities.

ARC, incorporated in 1975 as an independent nonprofit organization, supports this work through the ARC Board of Directors and a system of 38 advisory councils. Citizen volunteers on the board and advisory councils help carry out Parks’ mission by providing a connection to the community and advocating for the success of recreation services citywide. The current agreement with ARC will be reviewed in 2028. This partnership continues to be an excellent example of a public/private partnership serving the best interests of the people of Seattle. For more information, please see http://www.arcseattle.org/

Parks Planning and Development Division.

Planning and Development Division Director Kevin Stoops will brief the board on the recent activity of the division, which comprises property acquisition, engineering, planning, and capital projects funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, the City’s major maintenance fund, the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and other sources.  A briefing paper will be available here by Friday, March 18: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a seven-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council;

three members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is appointed by the Park Board. The Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to advise the

Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please contact Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or sandy.brooks@seattle.gov

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Park Board to Hold Regular Meeting on January 27

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 27 in the Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N at the corner of Dexter and Denny. 

The meeting agenda includes:

Overview of the YMCA’s Get Engaged Program: proposal to change selection method for 7th Board member: Parks staff will brief the Board on the YWCA’s Get Engaged Program, whose purpose is to get young people aged 18 to 29 placed on City boards and commissions that advise departments, help shape policy decisions, make recommendations, and provide opportunities to have a voice in city government. Parks is proposing a partnership with Get Engaged to identify a seventh member of the Board of Park Commissioners. Current City ordinance calls for nomination of three members by the Mayor, three by the City Council, and one by the other six. The selection of the seventh member has proven to be a cumbersome process, and Parks proposes to ask the City Council to amend the ordinance to provide for this method of selection. For more information, please see http://www.seattleymca.org/files/97/2008%20Get%20Engaged%20Overview%20Final3.pdf 

Briefing on Seattle Public Utilities’ Genesee Area Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) projects: Parks and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) staff will brief the Board on CSO projects in the Genesee area. Under the 2010 CSO Reduction Plan Amendment, an update to the City of Seattle’s plan for reducing overflows from the combined sewer system into surrounding surface waters, SPU aims to identify projects or programs that will limit untreated overflows at each CSO outfall to an average of no more than one per year, a performance standard established in the City’s CSO National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. When complete, the projects will enable the City to capture 99% of combined sewer volume from the combined sewer system during storm events. SPU has identified some Parks properties as possible sites for CSO projects in the Genesee Basins. The briefing will focus on the Genesee projects, which involve use of park land at two locations on Lake Washington Boulevard.  For more information, please see: http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Drainage_&_Sewer/Keep_Water_Safe_&_Clean/CSO/CSOReductionProjects/GeneseeBasin/index.htm.

Briefing on proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines for downtown parks: Parks staff will brief the Board on proposed new Supplemental Use Guidelines for downtown parks. The guidelines will provide direction on what activities will provide a mix of active and passive use for the workers, residents, and visitors who use the parks. The policy covers City Hall Park, Freeway Park, Hing Hay Park, Occidental Square, Piers 62/63, Victor Steinbrueck Park, Waterfront Park, and Westlake Park. It encourages park uses consistent with Parks’ new direction for downtown parks, based on the work of the Center City Task Force: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/downtown.asp. Parks is working to provide for more positive activities and entertainment in these parks to make them feel safer and more inviting. The policy would supersede old supplemental use guidelines for Market (Steinbrueck) Park, Freeway Park, Occidental Park, and Waterfront Park. 

The Board will hold a public hearing on these proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines for Downtown Parks at its February 10 meeting, followed by a discussion and recommendation to the Superintendent at its February 24 meeting. 

Briefing papers on each of these three topics will be available online as of Friday, January 21: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/

The Board of Park Commissioners is a seven-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; three members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is appointed by the Park Board. The Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please contact Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or sandy.brooks@seattle.gov

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