The park’s schematic. Now it’s time to find out how things fleshed out. View Larger Diagram
- After years of acquisition, community leadership and good old grassroots action, final design is ready to be unveiled:
This week you have two opportunities to do a HUGE favor to the development of Broadway Hill Park, the new park to be built at the corner of Federal and Republican. There are two presentations coming up, to be held at the park space, where landscape architects from Site Workshop will be presenting the final finished design and you can come by and see it. If you can make it, your time will be recorded as a contribution to the park, in the form of demonstrating community involvement in its development, and match for the grant funding this project.
Right now Friends of Broadway Hill Park’s main aim is fundraising to get the park built as soon as possible. Attending one (or both!) presentations and sticking around for an hour or so will go a long way towards helping the project move forward. So please stop by if you can! Bring friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, and total strangers along with you. And make sure to sign in.
The unveiling will be the first time the plan for features like a “natural play area” and community garden space will have be shared publicly. Parks told CHS earlier this year that the construction budget for the park could top $400,000.
In 2010, the city acquired the Broadway Hill land for $2 million after a townhome development failed. While the city had cash to acquire the land, the Seattle Parks process leaves the design and construction end of things requiring significant community capital campaigns. The Friends of FedRep group – Now Friends of Broadway Hill Park — formed to help guide creation fo the park.
- The group that represents the community’s needs and priorities for is looking for new board members:
CAPA is currently seeking to add new board members! We are especially interested in those with skills in fundraising, outreach/PR, web design, social media and event production. We also welcome inquiries from people who would like to work on projects specific to the park, especially those which might exemplify the issues Cal Anderson championed. If you’re interested in getting involved, submit an application to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 2, 2012. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Details and the application can be found in the PDFs attached to this post. We wrote about CAPA’s background here in 2011.
- Work is slated to be underway this month in the $800,000 renovation of the play area in the northeast corner of the public greenspace. The wading pool stays but much of the equipment the city says is outdated and unsafe is on the way out —
including the giant bone climbing sculpture. Work is expected to be completed by January. Here’s a rendering of what your kids will be playing on in 2013.
UPDATE: Parks updated the situation around some of the classic play pieces at Volunteer Park:
I wanted to let you know that although the play equipment providers did not put the existing Block (“bone”) play sculpture created by Chas Smith in 1962 in their rendering it will remain in the renovated play area. The design also retains the shooting star paving feature and Pablo’s plaque installed as part of the 1991 Neighborhood Matching Fund project.
- CHS introduced the new Volunteer Park Trust organization last week.
- is getting a new p-patch:
By next year, Horiuchi Park will have a new feature – a P-Patch community garden. To help design the P-Patch, the Yesler Terrace and First Hill communities are invited to a meeting on October 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Yesler Community Center (917 East Yesler Way). There will be food and children’s activities available.
Funded by Seattle Housing Authority with assistance from the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, the new community garden will provide a place for community members to grow fresh organic food and connect with neighbors. The legacy of the parks namesake, the late artist Paul Horiuchi, will be honored throughout the design process and construction of the community garden through artistic elements and historical context of his work.
When complete, the Horiuchi P-Patch community garden will be managed by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program.