Community invited to learn about upcoming improvements for Ballard Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to learn about proposed improvements scheduled for Ballard Playfield.  Please join us on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW. Ballard Playfield is well used by the community, especially by youth leagues, and this improvement project will help us meet our city’s growing demand for recreational facilities. 

 The project includes installing two baseball synthetic turf infields, replacing the field lighting system, improving access to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other field enhancements. Ballard Playfield is located at 2644 NW 60th St.

 Seattle Parks and Recreation is investing in state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems that provide safe, playable and durable fields. Additionally, we are investing in high quality energy-efficient field lighting which minimizes light and glare impacts off the field while providing recreation light on the field.

 For more information please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/ballard-playground-athletic-field-improvements

 For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Libby Hudson at 206-256-5988 or Libby.hudson@seattle.gov.

 

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on design of new park in Little Saigon neighborhood

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is hosting a booth at the “Festi-Roll” event at 1025 S King St. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The design team will gather input from the community for the design of a new park. This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the project and provide input on the design of the future park located across from Lam’s Seafood Market at 1224 S King St. in the Little Saigon neighborhood.

After working closely with the community to identify possible new park locations, SPR purchased the .27-acre site in 2013 to provide the neighborhood access to more open space in this urban area. The design will provide a connection between King and Jackson streets and will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. SPR will work with the community on the design and encourages community participation. Fun activities and light refreshments will be served as we gather your input on the design. Please stop by our booth at Festi-Roll.

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the 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 provides funding to 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, provide 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/little-saigon-park-development

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.

Thank you to the Friends of Little Saigon and SCIDpda.

 

 

 

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Community invited to celebrate the new Yesler Terrace Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Housing Authority invite the community to celebrate the new Yesler Terrace Park on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This new park provides a much-needed outdoor community gathering place and is located at 835 Yesler Way, immediately adjacent to Yesler Community Center. At noon there will be an official dedication ceremony. Over the entire celebration Yesler Terrace Park will be filled with music, art, and food trucks. The Seattle Sounders’ RAVE Foundation will sponsor activities at the soccer field, and the Seattle University men’s basketball team will be hosting activities at the basketball court. Community-driven activities will continue until 7 p.m. with a neighborhood movie night at 8 p.m.

With sweeping views to downtown, Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier, Yesler Terrace Park is the new heart of the Yesler neighborhood. The park offers something for everyone in its two-acre footprint. An expansive plaza can accommodate community events, while providing a variety of smaller-scale spaces for gathering and play.

Taking advantage of the site’s topography, the playground below the plaza includes play structures that straddle the grade change and a slope for climbing up and sliding down. Sports amenities include a soccer field that was developed in partnership with the RAVE Foundation and a basketball court.

“We are so happy to be opening this new park that truly reflects our values of healthy people, healthy environment and strong communities. The design team collaborated closely with this diverse neighborhood and held many listening sessions to create a community-inspired park,” said Christopher Williams, Seattle Parks and Recreation Interim Superintendent. “We listened and heard that the community wanted small and large gathering areas plus active recreation spaces. Yesler Terrace Park delivers all this. This park is a great collaboration with the community and the Seattle Housing Authority.”

“Opening the new Yesler Terrace Park represents a major milestone in the redevelopment of Yesler into a model new mixed-income community with a significant increase in affordable and other housing for Seattle,” said Andrew Lofton, Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority. “The park will inspire and enable healthy living, and will provide an important civic gathering place for residents, neighbors from the surrounding areas and visitors from within and outside of Seattle to connect with each other. It is truly a jewel for the city.”

In addition, the multi-layered stone sculptures in the park by artist Christine Bourdette are inspired by the rich diversity of communities and cultural experience in the neighborhood. Towers of Burble, the spraypark sculptures in the central water feature, and Conversation Clusters the sculptural seating areas throughout the park, derive from the shapes of vessels, baskets, and stools from the cultural traditions of those who have migrated to this neighborhood. The artwork is funded by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 1% for Arts Funds and administered by the Office of Arts and Culture.

The new park is the result of a successful partnership with Seattle Housing Authority and public-private donations that include Seattle Parks Foundation, RAVE Foundation (the official charitable arm of the Seattle Sounders), Wyncote Foundation Northwest, Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation, The Community Parks Fund, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, and the Office of Arts and Culture. Local landscape architecture firm, Site Workshop, designed the project, and Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to Wyser Construction.

For more information about the project and event please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/yesler-terrace-park or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.

 

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to review Greenwood Park addition design

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to the final public meeting for the Greenwood Park addition project on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join us at the Greenwood Park addition, 8805 Fremont Ave. N.

The final schematic design is based on input we heard from our public process and responds to input from the three concepts presented in early June. The community is encouraged to attend the public meeting in the park to review the final schematic design. It is an opportunity to meet the design team, and provide final feedback.

SPR purchased this .1-acre site at 8805 Fremont Ave. N in 2013 to provide more open space for the growing neighborhood and expand the existing Greenwood Park. The property is surrounded by Greenwood Park. The acquisition of the property was identified in the Greenwood neighborhood plan and the 2009 Greenwood Park Master Plan.

The design of the new parcel builds upon several years of work and design from the community process led by Vision Greenwood. It will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and reflects the community input received.

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the 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 provides funding to 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, provide 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/greenwood-park-addition. For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Katie Bang at katie.bang@seattle.gov or 206-6844-9268. Thank you to the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club and Vision Greenwood for their partnership.

 

 

 

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Creative play for all at the Arts in Nature Festival, August 25 & 26

Art and music in the summer lushness of a beautiful park – you can’t beat the combo! Community members of all ages are invited to take part in the festivities at the 19th Annual Arts in Nature Festival on August 25 and 26 at Camp Long.

Presented by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, the Festival’s theme this year is “Convergence.” Artists and audience members are encouraged to participate with each other and with various art disciplines while enjoying the natural surroundings.

Of note this year is a performance on August 25th by Reverend Pat Wright’s Total Experience Gospel Choir, a must-see before the Reverend’s retirement. Music from artists Naomi Wachira, De Cajon, and Gamelan Pacifica, and others will also be presented over the weekend, along with poetry readings and visual installations by local artists. See the full schedule here.

Attendees can create their own works of art by participating in interactive, family-friendly activities, including performance by Northwest Puppet Center, linocuts, capoeira demonstrations & a labyrinth. Food trucks and a beer garden are also on hand to fuel the creativity.

The festival runs from noon to 9 pm on Saturday, August 25th, and from noon to 6 pm on and Sunday August 26th.  One-day tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day-of. Students/Seniors are $8 in advance or $10 day-of. Kids aged 10-17 are $5 advance, $6 day-of. Kids under 10 are free. Tickets can be purchased here. For scholarship information, please call 206-923-0917

Full weekend passes are also available, as well as the opportunity to sponsor a low-income youth to experience the festival who would not be able to attend otherwise. Sponsors receive a Full Weekend Pass, “Friend of the Festival” button, a special gift, and an exclusive invitation to our VIP Lodge Lounge event on Saturday, August 25.

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