Rainier Beach Be’er Sheva Planning Committee invites neighbors to celebrate the schematic design for Be’er Sheva Park

The Rainier Beach community is invited to the third meeting for the Be’er Sheva Park improvement project. Please join your neighbors and friends on June 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at Be’er Sheva Park, 8640 55th Ave. S to provide input on the schematic design for the park and to join in a celebratory party.

This community initiated project received Neighborhood Matching Funds to create a schematic design for improvements at Be’er Sheva Park. Possible improvements include better access to the park’s lakeside end at the S. Henderson St. corridor with greater shoreline access, walkways, and art installations.

The Rainier Beach Link2Lake Open Space Steering Committee hired a landscape architect to facilitate the community engagement process, develop the schematic design and investigate feasibility and permitting requirements. Thank you to everyone who attended the previous meetings in March and April.

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/link2beach

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Pam Kliment at 206-684-7556 or pamela.kliment@seattle.gov.



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Celebration for Broadway Hill Park

Please join Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre and the Friends of Broadway Hill Park at the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Broadway Hill Park. The event takes place on July 14, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. Broadway Hill Park is located at 500 Federal Ave. E. Join us for the ribbon cutting, music and refreshments.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the property at the corner of Federal Ave. E and E Republican St. in March 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy acquisition program. This acquisition helped fill an identified need for more open space in the Capitol Hill Urban Village area.

The community received a Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award and hired Site Workshop to work with the neighborhood to develop a design for the park. The preferred design, conceived as a “front porch” and a public yard for the neighborhood, features a large lawn area, varied seating and tables at the top of the site, a barbecue, a community garden, and landscaped planting, as well as opportunities for natural play and artwork. The community garden will be operated as part of the Department of Neighborhoods P-patch program.

In 2012, a neighbor submitted the name Broadway Hill Park to the Park Naming Committee, which unanimously recommended it for the site. The name provides a strong link to the history of the neighborhood and has community support. Both Cal Anderson Park and Bobby Morris Playfield used to have “Broadway” as a part of their names, but when they were renamed the historical references to the “Broadway Hill” neighborhood were removed.

For more information about the park please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/capitol_hill_uv/ or contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.