Community invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Jefferson Park community club house and Jefferson Park Golf Course centennial

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the centennial celebration and grand opening of the new golf and community facility at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us for the ribbon-cutting event at 10:30 followed by an 18-hole golf tournament and other golf activities, music, giveaways and light refreshments as we honor 100 years of sport and diversity on Beacon Hill. Seattle’s first golf course, Jefferson Park, is located at 4101 Beacon Ave. S.


The community is invited to enter a free putting contest, get a quick golf lesson, register for the tournament, tour the new building, visit the Beacon Grill and learn about FootGolf. The recent City investment in Jefferson Park includes the Beacon Grill with indoor and outdoor facilities, a double-decked and covered driving range, banquet and meeting rooms, increased parking and new putting greens.

Jefferson Park Golf Course opened on May 12,1915. The original clubhouse at Jefferson Park burned down in 1919, and was rebuilt and then expanded in 1936. Frank S. Chin, quoted at, describes Jefferson Park’s public golf course as having been “open to anybody” from the beginning. continues “African Americans, Asian Americans, and other minorities were welcome to play on the course. Women were also afforded the same privileges as men at the golf course.” Jefferson is the home course for the nation’s second-oldest African American golf club, the Fir State Golf Club and home to the Cascade Golf Club formed in 1951 by Chinese Americans.

The recent improvements at Jefferson Park Golf Course were guided by community input and the 2009 Master Golf Plan. Seattle Parks and Recreation worked with the community to prioritize goals for Jefferson Park Golf Course and Bassetti Architects designed the project. All Seattle municipal courses are maintained by the City of Seattle and managed by Premier Golf Centers LLC. Premier Golf will offer golf activities throughout the day.

For more information about the project and ribbon-cutting event please visit or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’ or 206-233-7929.

For information about golf events or to register for the golf tournament please visit or contact Premier Golf, at or 206-762-4513.

Jefferson Park Golf Course opens new clubhouse and driving range

Jefferson Park Golf Course’s new clubhouse and driving range open April 11.

Grab your clubs rain or shine and head to Jefferson Park Golf Course because the new driving range opens April 11, and it’s ready to be broken in.

Guided by the 2009 Golf Master Plan, the Jefferson Park Golf Course renovation is substantially complete and the new clubhouse and driving range will open this Saturday, April 11.

The $8.7 investment includes a new clubhouse facility, new putting greens and parking improvements. The clubhouse facility includes a two-story covered and heated driving range, an enlarged and improved food and beverage operation with indoor and outdoor facilities, banquet and meeting rooms, and a large pro shop with club repair and teaching areas.

The new facility was built by CE&C and designed by Bassetti Architects.

On April 11, the driving range will be open, but the new cafe will still be undergoing final maintenance. For hours and to learn about special April deals, visit

An official grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting is planned for Saturday, May 16. Jefferson Park Golf Course is managed by Premier Golf Centers.

Seattle Parks’ commitment to environmental stewardship often starts in the greenhouse

Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages all citizens to be good stewards of the environment, and it’s our job to lead by example. Our department has a long history of enhancing the beauty and sustainability of public forests and parks by using diverse and adaptable plants in city landscapes to promote the conservation of native plant and wildlife habitat.

Planting season is upon us, and we’re gearing up to put more than 15,000 plants in the ground.

So where do our plants come from? And how do we make sure the plants are healthy?  The answers lie in the Jefferson Park Horticulture facility on Beacon Hill. Parks’ greenhouse and nursery grow more than 250,000 annual and woody plants each year. The plants are cultivated and then strategically placed in parks and greenspaces where they will thrive.

Johan Schorer is a senior gardener at the greenhouse and every day he’s charged with keeping parks’ precious plants flourishing. “No one day is the same,” Schorer said. “My work changes with the seasons. I focus on watering, transplanting, checking for disease and insect problems.”

And spreadsheets. The gardening staff have spreadsheets that note the number of plants they need to secure each season, the park they will be located in and the pests that commonly affect those plants. Schorer gets plant requests from each of the park crew chiefs. Some of the plants require only a few months to grow in the greenhouse while others may be there for a few years.

It’s safe to say, the gardeners know their plants. Schorer has Devil’s Club germinating in a refrigerator because it’s good for native restoration. And rows and rows of sword fern are growing in the cold frame behind the greenhouse because it’s in high demand. “The sword fern is one of the most-requested plants for our parks,” Schorer said. “It’s nearly indestructible. It’s evergreen. And it grows well in the sun or shade. It’s perfect for the Pacific Northwest.”

The snowbelle is also popular, but mainly with the bees.  Schorer goes to great lengths not to disturb the pollinators as he goes about his daily tasks. “Bees go crazy for snowbelles, and I worry about them when I water,” Schorer said. “Usually I’ll just lightly mist the plant beforehand to give the bees a warning. I don’t want to knock them to the ground. I don’t want to get them all soggy.”

The greenhouse is divided into sections by native plants, bare roots, winter annuals, plants for the Home and Garden show and others. In fact, there’s even a sectioned-off plant hospital.

Inside the greenhouse near the windowsill stand a variety of different plant species. Schorer points out one plant that arrived from Kubota Garden and another one that came from a Seattle City Councilmember’s office. “We take in plants that aren’t doing so well, rehabilitate them and give them back to their owners,” Schorer said. “We help out when where we can.”

This fall when you’re walking on a Parks’ trail and spot a young tree or when you’re admiring the greenery along Bell Street Park, you’ll know the plants probably started as a request on a spreadsheet, grew up in the greenhouse and a senior gardener probably referred to them as “my babies” once or twice.

It’s all part of our commitment to environmental stewardship.

Community invited to Jefferson Park Jubilee on Sept. 13

The third annual Jefferson Park Jubilee is on Saturday, September 13, 2014. This popular community festival organized by the Beacon Hill Merchants Association will begin at noon and run until the park closes. Jefferson Park is located at 3801 Beacon Ave S, a 10-minute walk from the Beacon Hill light rail station.

This year the Jubilee is proud to collaborate with the Beacon Food Forest’s Opening Celebration, marking the creation of permaculture gardens in Jefferson Park. The combined events will feature a world music stage, community dance groups, food trucks and booths, craft vendors, informational tables, speakers and tours, and kids’ projects and games. Attendance is expected to be between 3,000 and 5,000 people.

A partial list of performers includes the Seattle Midori Taiko Ensemble, Danca Brasil, Latin folk duo Correo Aereo, and the reggae/hip hop sounds of Unite One. At nightfall there will be an outdoor cinema showing “The Avengers” sponsored by the Jefferson Advisory Council. The main stage schedule is as follows:

12:30 p.m.       Seattle Midori Taiko
1:00 p.m.         Betsuin Obon Dancers
2:00 p.m.         Dança Brasil
3:15 p.m.         Correo Aereo
4:20 p.m.         Katrina Ji and Culture Shakti
5:00 p.m.         Mochima
6:05 p.m.         Unite One
8:00 p.m.         Outdoor Cinema:  “The Avengers”

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Seattle to unveil ‘skateable’ public art at Jefferson Park on June 21

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Red Bull, 4Culture and professional skateboarder Torey Pudwill are excited to unveil a permanent art sculpture that is “skateable” by skateboards in the northeast corner of Jefferson Park, which is located at 3801 Beacon Ave S, Seattle 98108.

The Red Bull Skate Space, designed for the City of Seattle, will be opened in Jefferson Park on International Go Skateboarding Day, June 21, 2014, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Pro skateboarders Torey Pudwill, Ryan Sheckler, Felipe Gustavo, Tom Schaar, Alex Midler, Ryan Decenzo and Joey Brezinski will attend the unveiling.

In the summer of 2013, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 4Culture and Red Bull conducted a call for artists to create a public art piece that would accommodate skateboarding. Forty artists applied and after an extensive interview process Oregon-based artist C.J. Rench was chosen to produce the skateable art piece.

C.J. Rench began designing, sculpting and fabricating metal sculpture full-time in 2005, working mainly with large-scale abstract design that reveals his dimensionality. His work, primarily in stainless and mild steel, is diverse, ranging from small tabletop hand-painted sculpture to monumental public installations.

He and Torey Pudwill began designing and fabricating the Red Bull Skate Space together in early 2013 and will officially begin installation in Jefferson Park on June 18, 2014. “Working with Torey and Red Bull to create art that invites interaction and participation has been a dream project,” Rench says.

“This project is a true collaboration with art and skateboarding, and Seattle is the perfect city to host this innovative work of art,” says Pudwill.

Red Bull Skate Space will be permanently located in Seattle’s Jefferson Park. Considered by many as one of Seattle’s most enjoyable destinations, Jefferson Park is the sixth largest park in the city and offers unparalleled views of the Duwamish River, downtown and the Olympic Mountains. Jefferson Park is a designated District Skatepark location in Seattle’s Citywide Skatepark Plan The Citywide Skatepark Plan identifies a network of safe, legal places throughout the city that can begin to change the way people think about and experience skateboarding in Seattle.

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