Community encouraged to participate in Kubota Garden Master Plan Update

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the Kubota Garden Foundation encourage the community to participate in the future of Kubota Garden. Please attend the Kubota Master Plan Update meeting on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Community Club, 6038 S Pilgrim St. This is an opportunity to learn about the history of the garden and provide input on its future.

Located in South Seattle, Kubota Garden is a stunning 20-acre landscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. The city acquired the property, which is an historic landmark, in 1987 from the estate of master landscaper Fujitaro Kubota.

There have been many changes to Kubota Garden since its master plan was put into place almost 30 years ago. This Master Plan Update will guide garden programs and maintenance for the next 20 to 30 years and look for ways to better meet the needs of the community into the future. The update will help preserve the garden and its passive recreation use, while defining future improvements such as buildings, parking, pathways and security. The Master Plan Update will also include assessments for the garden’s existing creek, as well as vegetation and wildlife, along with recommendations for their protection.

The Kubota Garden Foundation received a funding match from the Seattle Park District’s Major Projects Challenge Fund for the planning process and plan update. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to Seattle Parks and Recreation for 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: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/kubota-garden-improvements. For special meeting accommodations please contact Karimah Edwards at karimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063. For more information about Kubota Garden and the Kubota Garden Foundation please visit: http://www.kubotagarden.org/.