Lewis Park Natural Area Opportunity Fund construction begins

Lewis Park Natural Area

Thank you to the Friends of Lewis Park for their stewardship

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce that W.S. Contractors will begin construction for the new trail through Lewis Park Natural Area (1120 15th Ave. S.) in late September 2016. The weather dependent work is expected to last approximately six months.

This community-initiated project includes a new trail that will run north to south on the ground and across elevated structures through the natural area. The project will bring visitors across a large area currently inaccessible due to the steepness of the terrain. The trail will improve pedestrian circulation, provide better accessibility for people with disabilities, and create better access for site restoration. 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 and will use the trail for their ongoing stewardship and educational activities.

This project is funded through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.

For more information on this project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/lewis-park-improvements or contact Garrett Farrell, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-233-7921 or Garrett.Farrell@Seattle.gov.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to learn about the Lewis Park Natural Area Improvements

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting for the Lewis Park Natural Area Improvement Opportunity Fund project on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center. Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Avenue S.

This project adds trails and improves access that allows for a picnic area, views and gathering spaces. The Friends of Lewis Park selected Hafs Epstein landscape architects to create the conceptual design for the project located on North Beacon Hill at 1120 15th Ave. S.  The meeting will be an opportunity for the community to learn about the project and provide input.

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 Green Seattle Partnership supported these volunteer efforts by providing professional crews to restore the steep slopes and ravine area. As a result of this collaborative process native plants are blooming, new wildlife is discovering the natural area, and the community received this $700,000 Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund to move the project forward.

The community is encouraged to attend this next step in the improvement project and provide feedback on this project.

For more information on the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lewis_park/ or  contact Garrett Farrell at 233-7921 or garrett.farrell@seattle.gov.