Seattle Parks and Recreation and Vision Greenwood, a neighborhood organization that supports Greenwood Park, will hold a party in the park at 602 N 87th St. on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 1 – 4 p.m. to review alternatives for the park design and enjoy music and food.
Local restaurants including Mr. Gyro’s and Olive You are donating food. There will also be home-cooked barbecue donated by volunteers, and live music. Molly Moon’s will donate ice cream. The public is invited to attend.
Vision Greenwood is a group of neighbors working to improve and expand the park. After receiving a Neighborhood Matching Fund award, the group hired SiteWorkshop as landscape architect consultant. Vision Greenwood and SiteWorkshop have been talking with community groups, park users, neighbors and others about new ideas for the park expansion.
Based on feedback, they’ve developed a range of alternative designs for adding more features and activities to the park. The community is invited to see the range of plans and give feedback about the future.
Community volunteers have worked tirelessly in recent years to see the land purchased and the park developed. In 1999, Seattle Parks and Recreation first purchased 2.2 acres for the park, which was the former home to Otani Greenhouses. In 2000, the community applied for and received a Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund grant to develop a site plan for the park.
With the passage of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy came $1.2 million to implement the plan and build the park. In August 2003, the new park opened to rave reviews.
Also in 2003, with money from the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, Parks purchased an additional one-third of an acre to add to the park’s footprint. In November 2008, the community came together once again to develop a plan for the two most recently purchased parcels and formed Vision Greenwood.
In addition to the public meeting/party, there is an online questionnaire available to help visitors organize thoughts before the meeting, or to take in lieu of attending the event. Visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=nR9UYBXxnw6kROLxGCBh%2bQ%3d%3d
For more information, visit: groups.yahoo.com/group/VisionGreenwoodPark/.