Community Celebrates Opening of Myrtle Reservoir Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Myrtle Reservoir Park neighborhood celebrate the dedication of a recently opened Pro Parks Levy funded park on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Myrtle Reservoir Park is located at 6900 35th Ave. SW.

The morning is filled with music, dance, crafts and light refreshments. The Jacob Lakatue Quartet will entertain the community by playing jazz from Cole Porter, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. The band is comprised of Jacob Lakatua on saxophone, Greg Belisle-Chi on guitar, Jake Brady on drums. 

At 11:30 a.m., Capoeira Malês performs and spectators will have a chance to learn some of the basic movements and sequences of this exciting Afro-Brazilian art form that incorporates martial arts, dance and music together in a fun and accessible manner. 

Additionally, Associated Recreation Council (ARC) Summer Day Damp is sponsoring an arts and craft table.

The park, which was built on a recently lidded reservoir, opened to the public in late fall 2010. It includes a plaza, an open grass field for informal play, ADA accessible pathways, a new play area with picnic benches and general landscaping. Seating walls on the plaza highlight the seven hills of Seattle and orient the viewer to the highest points of our city. 

The park is built on and around the Myrtle Reservoir operated by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). The design incorporates recreational elements and ideas suggested by community members, Parks staff, Seattle Public Utilities, and the Seattle Design Commission.  

Approved by Seattle voters in 2000, the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy funded more than 100 projects throughout the city. Projects included improvements to athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and community centers and parks. Funding also increased green spaces, supported Zoo programs and enhanced park maintenance. This is one of the final projects for that Levy. 

If you can’t make it to the dedication and are interested in taking a capoeira class with Melissa Canfield, capoeira instructor or Alexsandra Frias, instructor of Capoeira Malês, sign up for a class at High Point Community Center. Classes are open to all fitness levels and ages — youth to adult. Students learn the fundamentals of this art form while experiencing increased flexibility, core muscle strength, coordination, confidence and much more

For more information, please contact Parks Project Manager, Virginia Hassinger at (206) 233-7936 or Virginia.Hassinger@seattle.gov or visit the website at http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/proparks/Projects/myrtle.htm

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Capitol Hill Celebrates Opening of Summit Slope Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Capitol Hill Community Council invite you to the dedication of Summit Slope Park and Unpaving Paradise P-Patch on May 1, 2011 at noon. This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and fellow P-Patchers, and to learn about the new Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund project. Summit Slope Park is located at 200 E. John Street.  

At the event, Dave Hannon, a high-energy, three-piece pop, rock and acoustic band will entertain participants, and light refreshments from our community partners — Starbucks and Umpqua Bank — will be served. Additionally, a Seattle Tilth Master Composter will lead a class on how to compost and build healthy soil. Class starts at 1:30 p.m. 

The project provides a new park in this urban neighborhood with the Unpaving Paradise P-Patch community garden, lawns, seating areas, a barbeque and a skate feature. Pro Parks Levy funding provided for the development of the park, and money from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy was allocated to the new P-Patch in the park.

Parks acquired the .22-acre park in 2007 with funding from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and King County Conservation Futures Tax revenues. Seattle Parks and Recreation hired Mithun Architects of Seattle as the consultant and worked with the community on the design of the park.

The P-Patch located in the park is named Unpaving Paradise P-Patch to reflect the fact that this park site used to be an urban parking lot, and to recognize the community group called Unpaving Paradise that was involved in the planning and fundraising for this park. Nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer work has been put in by the community to complete this project.  The P-Patch has 36 plots, one of which is a food bank plot that youth from Northwest School and Peace From the Streets, by Kids From the Streets will be gardening. 

The new P-Patch is supported by $150,000 from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy funding dedicated to P-Patch Community Garden development. 

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ P-Patch Community Gardening Program provides garden plots for more than 2,000 residents in Seattle, as well as opportunities for market gardening, youth gardening, and community food security. With demand for P-Patch community gardening space continuing to grow, the P-Patch Community Gardening Program is expanding and/or building 15 new gardens thanks to $2 million from the 2008 Levy. 

The Capitol Hill Community Council Open Space Committee, Unpaving Paradise, nominated the John Street Enhancement Project to receive Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. In April City Council approved Parks recommendations, and this project will receive $260,000 in funding to turn E. John Street into a green street. 

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold a briefing and public hearing on the skatedot feature in the park on May 12, 2011. The meeting is at 100 Dexter Ave at 7 – 9:30 p.m. The Board will then discuss and provide a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams. The Park Board is made up of citizen volunteers whose role is to gather public input on issues like this and provide recommendations to the Superintendent. While the Park Board doesn’t make the final decision, they do provide a forum for unbiased discussion and input. They will also take written comments via email or regular mail through Friday, May 20. 

May is National Foster Care month and all Capitol Hill Starbucks locations will be drop off locations for donations to Tree House. For more information contact Janet E Hutchings Assistant Store Manager at the Olive Way Starbucks, 206.568.5185.

For more information on the project please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/JohnSummitParkDevelopment.htm  or contact Project Manager Kelly Davidson 800 Maynard Ave S. 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 684-0998 kelly.davidson@seattle.gov. For information on the P-Patch Community Gardening Program’s levy-funded projects, contact Laura Raymond at (206) 615-1787; laura.raymond@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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Grand Opening for Junction Plaza Park

Join in the community celebration for the new Junction Plaza Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA), Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO), Seattle Parks Foundation, and Seattle Parks and Recreation are hosting a festive evening ribbon cutting event for this new gathering space that will include music, an official ribbon cutting and light refreshments. 

“This new park will provide opportunities for community gatherings, a place to meet friends, and a place for leisure in the heart of The Junction.  The Junction Association and neighborhood groups have been working towards this goal for almost 10 years, and it’s a pleasure to see it underway,” says WSJA Director Susan Melrose. 

Erica Karlovits, President of JuNO said, “We are so excited to be able to protect and use the limited green space we have left in our ever growing urban village.  The creation of Junction Plaza Park is an incredible addition to our vibrant community.” 

Junction Plaza Park, designed by landscape architect Karen Kiest, features a plaza, complete with brick and concrete seating; a lawn with decorative benches; and a central performance area. All plantings will be Northwest natives, including Vine Maple, Northwest Flowering Dogwood, Oregon Grape and Sword Fern. The new park is located at 4545 42nd Ave SW. The vacant 6,700- square-foot site has been transformed into an urban green space in the heart of the vibrant West Seattle Junction business district.  

The park represents a strong partnership between the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA) and the Junction Neighborhood Association (JuNO).  It is the result of incredible fund raising efforts by the community, Seattle Parks Foundation, and funding from the Pro Parks Levy and a Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Grant. 

“The fact that we were able to achieve our fundraising goals in such a poor economic climate is a strong testament to the local support for parks and green space,” said Karen Daubert, Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation.  “We are thankful to all the donors that helped provide this new public space for West Seattle.” 

For more information please visit:

http://seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/JunctionPlazaDev.htm

or contact Gary Gibbons, project manager at 206-386-1511  or gary.gibbons@seattle.gov

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Parking Lot to Close on Capitol Hill to Make Way for New Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation will permanently close the parking lot at 200 Summit Ave E. on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 3 p.m. to begin development of the new park for the west side of Capitol Hill. Construction fencing will be erected around the park on today, March 25, and will the area will be closed fully closed to vehicles on Friday at 3 p.m. 

The City purchased the .21-acre property in January of 2007 with funding from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy. At the time the City purchased the property, an agreement was put in place that allowed Diamond Parking Services to continue to manage the lot until the property became developed into a park. 

On March 24, Seattle Parks opened construction bids for the project, which will develop the lot into a community park with trees, plantings, a lawn, a picnic table, seating areas, terraced walkway and P-patch gardens. The low bidder will be awarded the construction bid in the coming weeks. Construction is anticipated to begin in early April, with a fall 2010 completion. 

 For more information, please visit: http://seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/JohnSummitParkDevelopment.htm

or contact Kelly Davidson,  project manager at 206-684-0998 or Kelly.davidson@seattle.gov

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Seattle Parks Hosts Meeting on Meadowbrook Playfield Renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a public meeting to discuss planned improvements to field #1 at Meadowbrook Playfield.  The meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. will be held at Meadowbrook Community Center located at 10517 35th Ave NE. 

The renovation to the field includes re-grading the outfield surface, resurfacing the infield, replacing the irrigation and drainage system, installing new seeded grass, and replacement of the existing backstop and some perimeter fencing. 

This project is funded through the 2000 Pro Parks Levy.  Construction is anticipated to begin in early summer 2010, with completion expected by summer 2011. 

For more information, please visit: http://seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/meadowbrookplayfield.htm  or contact Randy Robinson, Sr. Landscape Architect at (206) 684-7035 or randy.robinson@seattle.gov