Seattle Parks and Recreation acquires land to expand Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) purchased a 4,400 sq. ft. property at 4451 33rd Ave. W, expanding Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park in January 2017. The Seattle Park District provided $158,000 for the acquisition of this parcel which SPR has been trying to purchase since the mid-1990’s.

This property expands the protection of Kiwanis Ravine, which provides significant open space benefits including DSC06173wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and a buffer between the industrial and residential land-use. The Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park was once the home to the largest heron colony in the northwest. In May, 2013 due to extreme eagle predation, the Kiwanis Ravine heron colony moved to Commodore Park. For more information or to volunteer with Heron Habitat Helpers, visit http://www.heronhelpers.org/.

This is the first purchase funded by the Seattle Park District. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/kiwanis-memorial-preserve-park

Do you know your neighbor is a heron? Come learn about Project HeronWatch on Jan. 18

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Learn about Seattle’s official City bird, the Great Blue Heron during a free fun family event at Discover Park Visitor Center on Saturday January 18 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

View the new live streaming heron display and enjoy kids crafts, interactive exploring stations, habitat walks, and light refreshments. 

At 1 p.m., Chris Anderson, Washington State wildlife biologist, will offer an information session about the local heron colony, offering fun facts about this great bird and ways you can help protect this species for generations to come.