On Saturday, Oct. 18, Seattle City Councilmembers Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen joined City Fruit, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and other community volunteers for a harvest celebration at Amy Yee Tennis Center Orchard to unveil a new sign that honors Amy Yee and provides a detailed map of the orchard’s fruit trees.
The site was named for Amy Yee, who taught tennis in the Beacon Hill and South Seattle Communities for more than 30 years and had a passion for gardening. Yee offered free tennis clinics in Seattle schools and public parks. She taught people of all ages, including two future mayors.
The indoor and outdoor tennis center shares its site with more than 30 fruit trees, mostly apple with some pear trees and a quince graft. For the celebration, 33 volunteers endured the rain to help harvest apples for food banks, meal programs and homeless shelters and cleaned up fallen apples and invasive species.
The new sign was made possible by funding from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and by support from Seattle Parks and Recreation.