The Friends of Lewis Park will host the first design meeting for Lewis Park on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Branch library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. The Friends of Lewis Park have been actively leading the restoration of the 5-acre Lewis Park Natural Area located on North Beacon Hill since 2007.
From pulling ivy and blackberry in the rain and planting native plants to staffing outreach tables, the community has demonstrated its desire to shape the future of this unique park. Funding from Department of Neighborhoods, King County, and the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund have supported volunteer efforts by providing professional crews to restore the steep slopes and ravine area. As a result, native plants are blooming, new wildlife is discovering the natural area, and our community is enjoying the beautiful urban forest they have worked so hard to transform.
The Friends of Lewis Park are guiding restoration into the next phase, emphasizing design goals that include community stewardship to help prevent unwanted activity; to educate children, youth and adults about the benefits of a healthy urban forest; to broaden outreach efforts to connect more diverse populations; to strengthen existing community relationships; and to forge new relationships in the neighborhood.
The Lewis Park steering committee received a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple award to hire a landscape architect who will facilitate a public process. This will result in a landscape plan designed to meet the goals of fostering long-term community stewardship of Lewis Park Natural Area.
For more information on the project and to learn about work parties at the park please visit http://www.lewispark.org/ or contact Pam Kliment, Seattle Parks and Recreation, project planner at 206-684-7556 or Pamela.Kliment@seattle.gov.
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