Parks seeks input on community-initiated park at Fremont Troll

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods and Harrison Design invite the community to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N.

At this meeting, participants can learn about the new community-initiated project at the Fremont Troll – Troll’s Knoll Park. It is an opportunity to review the site analysis and provide input on the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund design. The site is located in the right-of-way at the north end of the Aurora Avenue Bridge between 808 N 36th St. and 916 N 36th St.

The goal of the park project is to utilize existing public land to create a new park in the heart of Fremont. The park will be a model design of a sustainable park space. It will include a P-Patch community garden and provide a critical pedestrian link to the developing neighborhood business district in northern Fremont.

A second meeting will be held on July 16 to review the schematic design that will be developed from the Opportunity Fund design and additional community input at the first meeting.

For more information about the project, please click HERE. For special meeting accommodations or for questions concerning the project please contact Jeron Gates, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-0998 or jeron.gates@seattle.gov.

 

Community invited to contribute ideas and help shape the neighborhood park at Yesler Terrace

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Yesler Community Center.  This is an opportunity for the community to review basic park diagrams and participate in a discussion on park design for the new 1.7-acre park.  The new park is part of the redevelopment at Yesler Terrace.

The intent of the park is to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of the Yesler, First Hill and other surrounding neighborhoods.  The park design will be influenced by the outreach work done by the Seattle Housing Authority.

In 2008 neighbors expressed a desire for walking paths, open lawn, space for traditional cultural activities and sports, basketball and a covered space.  Parks recently attended a monthly Vietnamese Tea for seniors, an East African toddler storytelling session and an open house event in the First Hill neighborhood to gather additional input for the park design. The Yesler Community Center has been a critical partner in gathering community input. Current Yesler Terrace residents have called the new park the “heart” of the community.

The  Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $3 million for planning design and construction of the park and the Office of Arts and Culture will provide an $80,000 art budget  from 1% for the Arts program.

For each major development or renovation project, Seattle Parks and Recreation typically holds three meetings to ensure community involvement.  A second meeting will be held on June 26 and the third and final meeting on August 28, 2014.

The community is encouraged to be part of the process and provide input on the project.  Interpreters will be available for people who speak Somali, Vietnamese, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya and Cantonese.  Yesler Community Center is located at 917 E. Yesler Way, Seattle WA 98122.

For more information about the project visit, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/yesler_terrace_park/

If you have questions, please contact project planner, Pam Kliment, at pamela.kliment@seattle.gov or 684-7556.

Join us for Kinnear Park Celebration April 26

Celebrate the renovation of Lower Kinnear Park at the official  re-opening on April 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Lower Kinnear Park located at West Roy Street & 6th Avenue West.  Come enjoy the entertainment, speakers and a scavenger hunt!

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has supported Kinnear Park over the years with more than $100,000 in matching fund awards.  Congratulations to FOLKPark and the other neighborhood groups and neighbors who have worked over the years to renovate the park!