Seattle Parks and Recreation will host three public meetings to plan and design the new 9th Avenue NW Park development. The first meeting will be on Thursday, November 19, 2009 and the second meeting will be on Thursday, December 17, 2009.
Parks encourages the neighborhood to participate in the first meeting, when the design team will explore the hopes and dreams of the community for this new park. The third meeting will be in early 2010; all meetings will be from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Whittier Elementary School located at 1320 NW 75th St.
This 39,000 square foot property was purchased with funding from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy, and now is being developed into a park with $800,000 from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.
At the first meeting, Parks will gather community input and learn what design elements fit best in this community. At the second meeting in December, the design team will present initial design concepts and the community can provide further input and direction. At the third, the team will present a preferred design developed from community input.
Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by an impressive 59% vote in November 2008. The new $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. Recognizing the importance of creating vibrant and engaging green spaces for Seattle as it grows, Seattle Parks and Recreation moved quickly into action and by November 2009, just one year after the passage of the Levy, will have added 2.53 acres to the park system and brought eight new development Levy projects to completion, will have four projects in construction, and will have 21 projects in the planning and design phase.
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