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Help activate the new Greenwood Library Park

October 5th, 2017 by Doree

The volunteer group Friends of Greenwood Library Park is inviting neighbors to the park Greenwood Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, to come up with ideas to activate the space over the next six months before construction starts.

The park is currently open lawn with some log benches. Construction is scheduled to begin next spring and be completed sometime during the summer. The park will have a nature discovery trail, plaza with picnic tables, and dog “comfort stations,” among other elements.

The park takes up the entire east side of the block of Greenwood Avenue North between 81st and 82nd streets, directly north of the Greenwood Library. It will be connected to the library with an elevated crosswalk over 81st Street.

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New park by Greenwood Library opening to the public Friday evening until final construction begins next spring, Friends of Library Park meeting is tonight

September 5th, 2017 by Doree

The new park across from the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue North between North 81st and 82nd streets is just rolling lawn right now, but it will open to the public in time for Friday night’s monthly Art Up Artwalk.

A group of artists will be there during the Artwalk for an “artists in the park” event. Artists are invited to bring their own supplies and create something on the spot, and musicians are asked to bring their instruments too. Seattle ReCreative also will host a kids art table.

The open lawn will be available to the community until park construction begins in spring 2018, which will add natural play elements, nature discovery trail, plaza with picnic tables, a loop path, and dog “comfort stations.” The park is expected to be complete by late summer 2018. Seattle Department of Transportation will build an elevated crosswalk across 81st between the park and library.

Tonight (Tuesday), The Friends of Library Park is hosting a meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the library to talk about ways to activate the space. And they’re hosting a picnic in the park starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Apply by Aug. 18 to create your own mini-park for annual PARK(ing) Day

July 20th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is accepting applications to create temporary mini-parks in on-street parking spaces for the 11th annual PARK(ing) Day on Sept. 15.

Applicants could be a business that wants to create a “streatery” out front, or a neighborhood group with a great idea for a “parklet” that activates the space.

New this year, community groups can apply for a Small Sparks Neighborhood Matching Fund of up to $5,000 to create a PARK(ing) Day park. Applications to the Small Sparks Fund are due by Aug. 7.

You don’t have to be a professional architect or drafter to create a PARK(ing) Day spot. Just a simple sketch on the application will do.

If you need inspiration, check out the PARK(ing) Day Gallery of past installations.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation wins $20,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ grant for Carkeek Park project

May 18th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s “Connecting Kids to Nature” program at Carkeek Park has won a $20,000 grant from the “Meet Me at the Park” campaign by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company.

The $20,000 grant will help restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the salmon-bearing creek in Carkeek Park and the Viewlands Elementary School that sits adjacent to the park. The project will connect kids to nature by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community.

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More murals painted at future park site by Greenwood Library

March 20th, 2017 by Doree

Mural artists were back out at the new park site by the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue and North 81st Street this past week, making the empty buildings look nicer until they’re demolished sometime in April for park construction.

Thanks to artists Robert Bellm, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Desiree, Debbie Palmer, Tia Gibson, Tony Danger Dibble, Brandy Tomlin, Mallory Milke and Travis Meloche.

These murals will be saved and hung on the temporary fencing until the park opens in mid-2018.

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Seattle Parks unveils final design for new park by Greenwood Library

February 3rd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation has unveiled its final design for the new park coming to the block directly north of the Greenwood Library.

After several community meetings and input through online surveys, the final design provides natural play spaces for children (including a nature trail), picnic seating, digging area, reading nook, dog “stations” and an elevated crosswalk to connect it to the Greenwood Library.

Total cost for development of the site, which takes the entire east side of the block of Greenwood Avenue North between North 81st and 82nd streets, is $1,073,285. But it will be done in two phases. The Parks Department originally acquired the south parcel (where a small strip mall contained several businesses), then later acquired the north parcel (where Bleacher’s Pub was). Parks currently has enough money to develop the south parcel (estimated construction costs of $573,285) but not the north parcel (estimated construction costs of $500,00). The north parcel will have primarily lawn for the time being, until more funding is acquired.

Seattle Department of Transportation will provide $65,906 for the raised crosswalk across North 81st Street to connect it to the library. The raised crosswalk is essentially a large speed bump.

All buildings on the site will be demolished between March and May this year. Construction will take place from January through May 2018.

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Reminder: Design review meeting for new park by Greenwood Library is Wednesday

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the final design review meeting for the new park to be constructed by the Greenwood Library is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

The park will be directly north of the Greenwood Library, taking over the entire east side of Greenwood Avenue between North 81st and 82nd streets.

Seattle Parks and Recreation presented three concepts at its Nov. 2 meeting. At Wednesday’s meeting, Cascade Design Collaborative designers will present their current design and gather feedback.

The design elements include natural play elements, an open lawn, a gathering/ plaza space with seating, a loop path, and planted areas. The project also includes low-impact design strategies featuring amended soils, porous concrete, and increased infiltration created by the new open space. Street improvements as well as a raised crosswalk connecting the Greenwood branch library to the park are proposed and will provide better community connections. All of these elements were identified by the community during the design phase of this project.

SPR purchased two property sites between N 81st and N 82nd on the east side of Greenwood to develop a park (the mini-mart site purchased in Nov. 2012 and the pub property immediately north, which was purchased in July 2015). The two buildings will be demolished in mid to late March. SPR anticipates demolition to be complete by the end of May 2017.

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Final design review meeting on new park by Greenwood Library is Feb. 1

January 17th, 2017 by Doree

The final design review meeting for the new park to be constructed by the Greenwood Library is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Seattle Parks and Recreation presented three concepts at its Nov. 2 meeting, and collected feedback from meeting attendees and through an online survey. At the Feb. 1 meeting, Cascade Design Collaborative designers will present their current design and gather feedback.

According to the park development website, the timeline has been pushed back a bit because of permitting delays for demolishing the old Bleacher’s Pub and commercial building (they were originally scheduled to be demolished last fall).

The park will fill the entire east side of the Greenwood Avenue block between North 81st and 82nd streets. Funding comes from the Seattle Park District.

A park stewardship group, Friends of Greenwood Library Park, has started a Facebook page.

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Community input meeting on new park by Greenwood Library is tonight

November 16th, 2016 by Doree

The all-volunteer group Friends of the Library Park is hosting a meeting tonight to get more community input on the new park coming to the east side Greenwood Avenue North between NW 81st and 82nd avenues, adjacent to the Greenwood Library.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

More than 100 people gave their input at the first public meeting on Nov. 2. Seattle Parks and Recreation presented three concepts that were different arrangements of similar functions: play, open space, seating, gathering spaces and landscaping. Another Parks Department meeting will come sometime in January (date to be determined).

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See the project website for larger versions of each concept. You can take an online survey about which concept you prefer.

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