Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks input on the design for Morgan Junction Park addition

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the West Seattle community to visit with SPR staff at our booth on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Morgan Junction Community Festival held in and around Morgan Junction Park, 6413 California Ave SW.  We look forward to gathering input from festival attendees on the design for the planned addition to the park. 

SPR purchased the property to the north of the existing park, 6311 California Ave. SW, in 2014 to provide additional open space for the West Seattle community. The design of the park will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide more open space within this high density urban village. Thank you to the Morgan Junction Community Association for hosting the festival and partnering on our Open House event.

The Seattle Park District funds the development of this parcel into a park. The voter-approved Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog for Seattle Parks and Recreation as well as other facilities including the Aquarium and Zoo. In addition, it will improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, increase programs for people of all ages and abilities, and acquire and develop new park land.

For more information or for meeting notification translations please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/morgan-junction-park-addition

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0063 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

 

 

 

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Levy provides funding for 5 new Parks properties

In the first half of 2014, Seattle Parks and Recreation has purchased five new properties with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. These new acquisitions add to our City’s greenspaces, expand existing parks and provide new neighborhood parks in areas identified in the 2006 Gap Analysis. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy funds the purchase of neighborhood park sites in densely populated urban villages that are deficient in green space as well as inholdings in our City’s Greenbelts and Natural Areas.

In January 2014, Seattle Parks purchased the former Morningside Substation, located at the NW corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 86th Street in the Wedgewood neighborhood. This .33-acre property was purchased for $1,120,000.

In West Seattle, Parks purchased two properties that will expand existing parks: Dakota Place Park and Morgan Junction Park. The City of Seattle has been working to acquire the .13-acre addition to Dakota Place Park for more than a decade. This property to the north of the recently renovated substation building was acquired for $715,000. The second purchase is a .28-acre site that will expand Morgan Junction Park. Parks acquired this site for $1,887,000; the property will require extensive clean-up due to previous uses.

In the Rainier Beach neighborhood, 5.16 acres in the Kubota Garden Greenspace was purchased for $1,300,000. The greenspace’s woodlands contain a number of large cedars as well as deciduous trees. The wetlands are the headwaters of Mapes Creek.  A large variety of bird species utilize the habitats in this greenspace including waterfowl and raptors such as Cooper’s Hawks. This property had permits to build over 30 residences, which would have had a lasting effect on Kubota Garden and Mapes Creek.

In northeast Seattle, a .39-acre purchase of La Villa Meadows Natural Area on Thornton Creek will consolidate City ownership of a stretch of the South Branch of Thornton Creek. This area is an important habitat for wildlife and a significant riparian woodland.

Seattle voters passed the six-year Parks and Green Spaces Levy in November 2008. The $146 million levy provides funding for new neighborhood park land acquisitions, development projects and allocates $15 million for community initiated Opportunity Fund projects. Since the beginning of the Levy Parks has purchased 21.5 acres of park land and received an additional 50 acres in transfer to Parks from other City departments or donations.

For more information about the acquisition program please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/acquisition.htm.

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