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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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Next design meeting for new park by Greenwood Library is Wednesday

November 10th, 2016 by Doree

The process for designing our neighborhood’s newest park is moving rapidly. The park at Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street, next to the Greenwood Library, will have another public design meeting at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 16, 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. The Nov. 15 meeting is sponsored by the group Friends of the Library Park to gather more public input before the next official Parks Department meeting 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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Design proposal meeting for new park at 81st & Greenwood is tonight

November 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the first community meeting on design proposals for the new park coming to Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street is from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7.

The design process will move quickly to keep up with the construction schedule, so this is your best chance for input. If you can’t make the meeting, you’ll be able to see the design option boards and comment sheets when they are posted at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, the Greenwood Library and on the project website after Nov. 2.

The two buildings on the east side of Greenwood at 81st will be demolished. The south part of the block (where the small strip mall of restaurants and convenience store was) will be developed in 2017 with funds from the Seattle Park District. The north parcel (where Bleachers Pub used to be) will be open lawn until more funding is received for development.

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Reminder: First design proposal meeting for new park at 81st & Greenwood is Wednesday

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the first community meeting on design proposals for the new park coming to Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street is from 6-7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7.

The two buildings on the east side of Greenwood at 81st will be demolished. The south part of the block (where the small strip mall of restaurants and convenience store was) will be developed in 2017 with funds from the Seattle Park District. The north parcel (where Bleachers Pub used to be) will be open lawn until more funding is received for development.

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If you can’t make the meeting, you’ll be able to see the design option boards and comment sheets when they are posted at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, the Greenwood Library and on the project website after Nov. 2.

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Public hearing on Park Board’s Community Center Strategic Plan is tomorrow

October 12th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s proposed Community Center Strategic Plan at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St.

The strategic plan will impact community centers throughout the city, including Green Lake, Loyal Heights and Ballard. The Board is looking at a variety of funding options, including private partnerships.

The Community Center Strategic Plan will lay the foundation for both operational and facility decision-making for the community center system in the future. The 2014 Parks Legacy Plan established two general goals for community centers:

  • Ensure community centers are the focal points in our neighborhoods and serve as places where people can connect, foster relationships, build community, and enhance their health and well-being by offering programs, activities, and events to Seattle’s changing population.
  • Ensure community centers are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places for individual enrichment and community growth.

The Board of Park Commissioners will receive oral and written testimony, and will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent based on the feedback they receive from the public. Those who want to give input on the plan but are not able to come to the public hearing can send written comments, which bear equal weight to oral testimony. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and there is work going on in every corner of the city. This year includes funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog, and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

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Public hearing on Seattle Parks’ Community Center Strategic Plan is Oct. 13

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s proposed Community Center Strategic Plan at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St. While that’s far from our neighborhood, this strategic plan will impact community centers throughout the city, including Green Lake, Loyal Heights and Ballard.

The Community Center Strategic Plan will lay the foundation for both operational and facility decision-making for the community center system in the future. The 2014 Parks Legacy Plan established two general goals for community centers:

  • Ensure community centers are the focal points in our neighborhoods and serve as places where people can connect, foster relationships, build community, and enhance their health and well-being by offering programs, activities, and events to Seattle’s changing population.
  • Ensure community centers are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places for individual enrichment and community growth.

The Board of Park Commissioners will receive oral and written testimony, and will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent based on the feedback they receive from the public. Those who want to give input on the plan but are not able to come to the public hearing can send written comments, which bear equal weight to oral testimony. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and there is work going on in every corner of the city. This year includes funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog, and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

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