Live music, games and a scavenger hunt will greet the public at a celebration Saturday, April 26, to mark the completion of the first part of a major park improvement project in Lower Kinnear Park in Queen Anne.
The ribbon cutting and community event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the park at 601 W. Roy St. on the southwest edge of Queen Anne. The celebration is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark).
Activities reflecting the nature of the restored urban forest will include a talk on native birds and a hike on a restored trail. Guided walks will afford a look at native specimens like a copper beech tree, named a City of Seattle Tree of Significance because of its environmental contributions. (This tree, saved during the renovation, intercepts more than 3,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year, officials say.)
“Tennis fun” will be offered on a newly refurbished tennis/pickle ball court. Dog owners and their pets will enjoy a tour of a renovated off-leash dog area at the west end of the park at 904 Elliott Ave. W.
One of five madrone forests in Seattle, the city-landmarked Kinnear Park is a 10-acre, sustainable forest retreat in a dense urban environment. FOLKpark helped raise nearly $1 million for improvements including widened pathways, removal of many invasive plants and expanded views into the interior of the park. HBB Landscape Architecture designed the park renewal. Funding came from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, Department of Neighborhood Matching Fund, contributions from individual and business supporters and a variety of fundraising efforts.
George and Angie Kinnear, early land owners on Queen Anne hill, donated land for Kinnear Park to the City in 1887.Today, the restored Lower Kinnear Park connects the upper slopes of Queen Anne hill to Elliott Bay via the Amgen Helix Bridge.
FOLKpark encourages attendees at the April 26 event to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Queen Anne Food Bank. FOLKpark and Seattle Parks and Recreation thank Metropolitan Market, HBB Landscape Architecture, and Queen Anne Historical Society for their support and sponsorship of the event.