Parks/Open Space/Trails

The new adventure-themed Golden Gardens playground will be located directly to the east of the Golden Gardens Bathhouse and include a sailing ship climbing toy followed by a pod of spring-toy whales, a tower with a slide, a large net climbing dome and more.

During the third and final public meeting on the design of the new playground, which is replacing the old playground to the south of the current site, Seattle Parks and Recreation and HBB Landscape Architects presented the design that will be heading on to the construction phase with minor refinements.

During the Oct. 13 meeting, members of the public reiterated their satisfaction with the new playground location and expressed their appreciated for the thought and effort that went into the design of the playground in order to make it workable, said Virginia Hassinger, project manager for Parks.

She said the selection of playground equipment reflects the input of the community during the meetings in April and May, and the design reflects public's preference for the Bubbles concept – partial circles of play designated for different age groups and separated by central picnic tables – during the May meeting.

10/16/2010
New Golden Gardens playground design finalized
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Courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation, with input from the community, has settled on a final design for the new playground at Golden Gardens Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks system. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1, 2010.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout the city, according to a Parks press release.

Volunteers help Parks and Recreation staff and management in the work of the department and give valuable advice on important decisions. Volunteers pull ivy and plant native trees in our parks, coach children's sports, work as docents at selected parks and serve on various advisory councils and boards, according to the press release.

The name of the awards reflects the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment. David Denny donated land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1864.

Ballardite Lillian Riley was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at last year's Denny Awards for her volunteer work, including founding Groundswell NW and spearheading the creation of Webster Park.

10/07/2010

The Ballard Pool, Ballard Community Center and Loyal Heights Community Center, as well as all other city pools, community centers, environmental learning centers, business service centers and more, will be closed Oct. 8 as part of Seattle Parks and Recreation's furlough day.

City of Seattle employees are taking 10 days off without pay in 2010 to help fill the budget gap. Seattle Parks and Recreation has worked hard to schedule furlough days in a way that has the smallest possible impact on customers and that provides as much coverage as possible, according to a Parks press release.

These facilities and services are closed Oct. 8:

  • Grounds maintenance.
  • Community centers (except child care and late night programs, which will still operate).
  • Swimming pools.
  • Environmental Learning Centers.
  • Lifelong Recreation (except Food and Fitness programs, which will still operate).
  • Business Service Center.

These facilities and services are closed Oct. 11:

10/05/2010

Volunteers dug into the Greenwood Park community garden project Sept. 25 when they spent four hours on a warm Saturday tearing down old fences and readying the lot for a new garden for the park on North 87th Street between Evanston Avenue North and Fremont Avenue North.

The work party, organized by Vision Greenwood Park, consisted of 26 adults and children who pitched in to cut out overgrown bushes and weeds and dig out and take down fences bordering an existing lot that will soon become part of the park.

Vision Greenwood Park recently received a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to support construction of the community garden, which is designed to be universally accessible and create a space where teens from the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club can work next to members of the Greenwood Senior Center and neighbors can grow local, organic produce for themselves and the Greenwood Food Bank.

10/01/2010
Greenwood Park community garden project gets underway
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Jay Boynton

Volunteers clear the way for a new community garden at Greenwood Park Sept. 25.

On an unseasonably warm and sunny afternoon, Mayor Mike McGinn got an up-close and personal view of Crown Hill's problems and successes during a Sept. 25 walking tour of the neighborhood lead by a group of business and neighborhood representatives.

The tour started with introductions at the Crown Hill Center, located on Northwest 95th Street and 13th Avenue Northwest.

"I know a little bit about this neighborhood, living so close by," McGinn told members of the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association and the Crown Hill Business Association. "But, I'm looking forward to learning a lot more today."

One of the major stops early on the tour was the Holman Road pedestrian overpass for a view of the busy street below.

09/25/2010
Mayor gets view of Crown Hill's problems, successes on walking tour
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Michael Harthorne

Mayor Mike McGinn discusses activation of Baker Park with neighborhood representatives during a stop on his Sept. 25 walking tour of Crown Hill. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Transportation are working together to finish the minor structural improvements, cleaning and painting of the Carkeek Park Pedestrian Bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks on the west side of Carkeek Park.

The bridge, used to access the beach at Carkeek Park, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30.

The work done to the bridge was substantially completed in February 2010. But, final touch-up painting on the rails and deck needs to be completed before the project is considered finished, according to a Parks press release.

For additional information on the bridge painting project, click here.

09/23/2010

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, which owns and operates the Ballard's Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, is seeking public comments regarding a draft report on an evaluation and management proposal for the Corps’ property on the south side of the Locks near the fish ladder.

The draft South Entry Landscape Report is available online for review under the announcement section here or can be downloaded with the link at the beginning of this article. The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on the document through Oct. 15.

The Army Corps of Engineers initiated the study in response to the need for an evaluation and management proposal for the south entry landscape, according to an Army Corps of Engineers press release. The report provides a historic context for the property and will help guide decisions for managing the landscape features, according to the press release.

09/16/2010
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Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of updating the south entry landscape at the Ballard Locks for the first time since 1976 (seen here). CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Residents from all over Greenwood came to the second annual party in Greenwood Park Aug. 22 to support the planned expansion of the neighborhood park into two new lots along Fremont Avenue North.

“When I go around the city and see the parks and projects going on in the neighborhoods, they are driven by committed volunteers," Mayor Mike McGinn told the crowd. "Volunteers are what make neighborhoods great. It is all of your time and talents that will make this park and Greenwood one of the best in the city.”

The band Pickled Okra played lively blue grass tunes while partygoers enjoyed a barbecue featuring food donated from eight local restaurants and grocery stores.

The party in the park was organized by Vision Greenwood Park, a neighborhood group that has formed to lead the community effort to expand the park.

The events co-organizers Cassandra Allen and Joanna D’Asaro were supported by a crew of 12 volunteers, who procured donations, cooked burgers and hot dogs and staffed the event all afternoon.

The park expansion project includes a community garden, barbecue grills and a multi-sport courtyard for basketball, soccer, street hockey and skating.

08/23/2010
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Jay Boynton

Greenwood residents enjoy a community barbecue Aug. 22 while raising money for the expansion of Greenwood Park.

There's nothing like getting out of town, even for a day, and Magnolia resident Fiona O'Leary is trying to make it easier than ever for Seattleites to get out and explore their city's backyard.

This July, with the help of Fremont's Freelock Computing, O'Leary launched Cool Day Trips, a website dedicated to reviewing, rating and enabling the best day trips the city has to offer.

"The thing that makes Seattle truly unique is the high concentration of great day trips within the immediate area," said O'Leary, who spends many weekends taking trips.

O'Leary said she was inspired to create Cool Day Trips out of a desire to combine her passion for website development with her enthusiasm for exploring the local area.

"You come back to the city feeling rejuvenated," she said. "It's almost like taking a mini vacation."

Day trips can be a great way to relax and unwind, but it is often difficult to know where to go and if it the destination will be worth the trip, O'Leary said. said.

08/11/2010
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Courtesy of Fiona O'Leary

Fiona O'Leary, creator of Cool Day Trips, poses at Mt. Rainier during one of her many excursions into Seattle's backyard.

Vision Greenwood Park is one major step closer to bringing a 40-plot community garden to Greenwood Park after the Seattle City Council approved a $60,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects grant for the project Aug. 2.

"It's a huge success," said Michael Stringer, steering committee chair for Vision Greenwood Park. "We've been working toward this grant all year."

The $60,000 will be the major funding source for the P-Patch, and Stringer said it is a turning point in the move from planning to implementation.

The P-Patch will be created on one of two vacant lots along Fremont Avenue North that were acquired by the park, which lies between North 87th Street and North 89th Street.

08/05/2010
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Courtesy of Vision Greenwood Park

Vision Greenwood Park received a $60,000 city grant this week to bring a 40-plot P-Patch to Greenwood Park. For a better view of the plans for Greenwood Park, use the link at the top of the article.