Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on design of new Lake City park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the Lake City community to an Open House on Thursday, July 28 for the design development of a new park in Lake City. Join SPR planner and ELM Environment’s designers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12501 28th Ave NE, just north of the Lake City branch library, or from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lake City Farmer’s Market, NE 125th St. & 28th Ave. NE, to learn about the new park and provide design input.

SPR purchased the property located at 12510 33rd Ave NE 98125 in 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, to provide additional open space for the Lake City community. The events on July 28 are an opportunity for the community to participate in the design and are the first public events for the new park. To provide additional feedback the community is encouraged to participate in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakeCityHUV

Funding for this park project is provided by Seattle Park District to preserve open space in urban areas throughout Seattle. Approved by 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.

2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog, improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities and programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults, develop new parks, and acquire new park land.

For more information or for meeting notification translation please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lake_city_uv/. For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at (206)233-0063 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents design for new waterfront park in the University District

Community invited to provide input

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to review the design for the development of a new park at 1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Bryant Building, 1117 NE Boat Street.  Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team from Walker Macy at 6:30 pm. Families, students, and neighbors are encouraged to attend and participate in the design.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team have incorporated community feedback from previous meetings into the design. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project and provide input on the final design.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014. The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and completed in 2018.

For more information about the Portage Bay park project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/portage_bay/ or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov.

 

 

 

Seattle Parks Seeks Names for New Park on Capitol Hill

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to submit potential names for a new park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Suggestions for names are due to the Park Naming Committee by Monday, December 12. 

Federal and Republican:  The property at the corner of Federal Avenue E and E Republican was purchased in March 2010. This acquisition helped fill a need for open space in the Capitol Hill Urban Village area.

In 2011, the Friends of Federal and Republican Park received a Neighborhood Matching Fund award and hired SiteWorkshop to work with the community in preparing a schematic design. Three public meetings were held, with the goal of designing and building a new neighborhood park that is welcoming for all neighbors. The preferred schematic has been developed. It has a large lawn area, seating at a “front porch” area at the top of the site and on a seat wall alongside the sidewalk. There will be community gardening (as part of the P-Patch program), opportunities for natural play and artwork.

The design development phase is underway. Details such as materials, artwork, natural play features, gardening and other particulars will be determined over the next few months.

Friends of Federal Republican Park won a $10,000 Build Your Block Challenge Award from Umpqua Bank. This will help with initial landscaping needs for the park. The community is working on additional grants and private fundraising with the hope of beginning construction in 2013.

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/capitol_hill_uv/

The Park Naming Committee is comprised of one representative designated by the Board of Park Commissioners, one by the Chair of the City Council Parks and Seattle Center Committee, and one by the Parks Superintendent. Criteria the committee considered in naming parks include: geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features. A park may be named for a person no longer living (deceased a minimum of three years) who made a significant contribution to parks and/or recreation. The Park Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to the Superintendent, who makes the final decision. 

Please submit suggestions for a park name in writing by December 12, 2011, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send suggestions to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Park Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to paula.hoff@seattle.gov. In keeping with Seattle’s “Paper Cuts” program, Parks encourages electronic submissions.

Public Meeting for New Park in Wedgwood Neighborhood

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Wedgwood Community Council are hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church to discuss a potential new park acquisition. The Wedgwood Presbyterian Church is located at 8008 35th Ave NE.  

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates funding for the acquisition of properties, such as this, in areas that have been identified in the Seattle Parks Department 2006 Development Plan and Gap Analysis as being deficient in open space.   

The site under consideration is the former Morningside substation located at 8605 35th Ave. NE.  The community is encouraged to come and learn more about the potential acquisition.  

Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by a 59% vote in November 2008. The $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. 

For more information, please contact Chip Nevins, Project Manager 206-233-3879 or chip.nevins@seattle.gov or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/wedgwood/ 

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Opening of Thomas C. Wales Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to stop in and explore the new park at the top of Dexter Avenue at 2401 6th Avenue N.  This Pro Parks Levy funded project developed a 1.3-acre piece of public owned property into a neighborhood park with an artistic element.   

The park will be opened for public access on Friday, October 29, 2010 and construction fencing will be completely removed by Tuesday, November 2, 2010.   Parks is planning a public celebration for the new park to be held in the spring 2011. 

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs identified this project in the Pro Parks Art Plan, which focuses on the creation of artworks that weave together art, nature and experience.  Parks selected SiteWorkshop Landscape Architects to design the site and collaborate with an artist to create a unified design which would support the artist’s work while addressing environmental issues.   

In June 2008, Parks and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs commissioned artist Adam Kuby to create an installation for the park. Kuby’s “Quarry Rings,” five raised gabion rings, create bird and bat nesting habitat in the park while reflecting the history of the site, which operated as a gravel pit in the early 1900s. 

In December 2007, the park, formerly Dexter Pit Park, was re-named Thomas C. Wales Park. The Queen Anne Community Council made the proposal to name the park in honor the late Assistant U.S. Attorney who lived on Queen Anne and was an active community member.  The Pro Parks Levy provided $745,185 for Thomas C. Wales Park development. 

Approved by Seattle voters in 2000, the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy funded more than 100 projects throughout the city over eight years.  Projects include improvements to athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and community centers and parks. Funding also increases green spaces, supports Zoo programs and enhances park maintenance. 

For more information, please contact Parks Project Manager Patrick Donohue at (206) 684-9286 or Patrick.Donohue@seattle.gov or visit http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/proparks/projects/wales.htm 

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Parks Presents Final Design for New Park in Central District

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the third, and final, meeting for the future park at 12th Avenue and E James Court in the Central District.   At this meeting, Parks staff and the project design team will present the innovative urban design and art plan for the new park and answer community questions. 

The meeting is Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at Seattle University Admissions and Alumni Building, 824 12th Ave. 

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with Hewitt Architects to design the 7,332-square-foot property at the southeast corner of 12th Avenue and E James Court.  This new park space was transferred to Seattle Parks from the Department of Neighborhoods in January 2008.  Planning, design and construction of this project is being funded through Pro Parks Levy. 

For additional information about the project please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/12thAve.htm or contact Susanne Rockwell, Parks Planner at 684-0902 or susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov

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Grand Opening of Seven Hills Park

The Capitol Hill neighborhood is invited to join Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Howell Collective P-Patch for an opening celebration at the new Seven Hills Park.   

The community potluck is Thursday, September 9, 2010, beginning at 6 p.m. at 1514 E. Howell. Both the acquisition and development of Seven Hills Park were funded by the Pro Parks Levy. What was once a parking lot is now a new community park. 

This new neighborhood gathering space features an open lawn bordered by the Howell Collective garden to the north and a crushed rock plaza and pathway lined with trees to the south. Other elements include barbeques, picnic tables, benches, and an art element. 

The art element, “Seven Hills of Seattle,” designed by Mithun Landscape Architects, includes a grouping of seven boulders for creative play and seating that represents the seven hills of Seattle, called out in an effort by early 20th century civic boosters to liken Seattle to Rome. 

Howell Collective is the newest addition to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ P-Patch Community Gardening program. At the Howell Collective, gardeners will not have individual plots, but, like at every P-Patch community garden, they collectively design, plant, maintain, and harvest together. For more information, please see Howellcollective.wordpress.com or www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/.

The lawn is fenced to protect the newly planted turf. It will be open to the public in the early spring when the grass has become fully established. 

Approved by Seattle voters in 2000, the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy funded more than 100 projects throughout the city over eight years.  Projects include improvements to athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and community centers and parks. Funding also increases green spaces, support Zoo programs and enhance park maintenance. 

For more information, please contact the Parks Project Manager at virginia.hassinger@seattle.gov or 206-233-7936.  For information on Howell Collective visit howellcollective.wordpress.com. 

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Second Design Meeting for New Park on 12th Avenue

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the second planning meeting for the future park at 12th Ave. and E James Court in the Central District. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at Seattle University Admissions and Alumni Building, 824 12th Ave.  

During this meeting Parks staff and the project design team will present several schematic designs for the new park, based on input from the community at a previous meeting held in May 2010. 

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with Hewitt Architects to design the 7,332 square-foot property at the southeast corner of 12th Ave. and E James Court. This new park space was transferred to Seattle Parks from the Department of Neighborhoods in January 2008. The Pro Parks Levy provides funding for the planning, design, and construction of this project. 

For additional information about the project, please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/12thAve.htm or contact Susanne Friedman, Parks Planner at 684-0902 or Susanne.friedman@seattle.gov.

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Seattle Parks to Acquire Property on Capitol Hill for New Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation has reached agreement with the owner of a 12,000 square foot property, located at the northeast corner of Federal Ave. E and E Republican St. on Capitol Hill, to purchase it for use as a park. 

The parcel was suggested for purchase several years ago, as the 2000 Pro Parks Levy was ending, but there were no funds available to buy the property at the time. 

A developer purchased the site, demolished the existing structures, and obtained permits to build townhomes. Voters approved the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy in November of 2008, and in the meantime the property changed hands again, to another real estate developer who intended to proceed with residential development. By this time the site’s potential as a public park were evident since it was now a vacant site. 

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy includes funds to purchase neighborhood park sites in densely populated urban villages with service gaps, including the northeast quadrant of the Capitol Hill Urban Center Village. 

Parks hosted a public meeting in early 2010 and invited the community to discuss the possibility of acquiring the property. More than 70 people attended and showed enthusiastic support for its purchase for a park. Though the developer was poised to proceed with development, successful negotiations led to an agreement on the City’s purchase of the property, and Parks expects the transaction to close later in June.

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Design Meeting for 12th Avenue Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in planning the future park at 12th Avenue and E James Court. The first public meeting is Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at Seattle University Admissions and Alumni Building, 824 12th Ave.   During this meeting Parks staff will outline the project scope and schedule, and listen to what the community priorities are for transforming this site into a neighborhood gathering space. 

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with Hewitt Architects to design the 7,332 square-foot property at the southeast corner of 12th Avenue and E James Court.  This new park space was transferred to Seattle Parks and Recreation from the Department of Neighborhoods in January 2008.  Parks removed a building from the site. 

Planning, design and construction of this project is being funded through a variety of City sources, including Seattle Department of Transportation and the Department of Neighborhoods. 

For additional information about the project please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/12thAve.htm or contact Susanne Friedman, Parks Planner at 684-0902 or Susanne.friedman@seattle.gov.

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