Summit Slope Park debuted in 2011. Now it’s time to finish it.
The Capitol Hill Community Council is proposing $219,000 allocated from the City’s Opportunity Fund go towards a streetscape redesign of John Street between Summit, and Olive to complement and expand the Summit park and p-patch.
The effort to “pedestrianize” the street was part of the original plans for the park as ideas coalesced in 2009.
Locals will be able to give their two cents on how this can be accomplished at a Tuesday night meeting hosted by Parks and Rec at the Capitol Hill Library running from 6:30pm – 7:45pm. And, at least one green-thumbed neighbor is already excited by the idea.
“We’re pretty jazzed that the Parks Department is finally beginning planning on the potential of expanding Summit Slope Park,” said Dotty DeCoster, site coordinator for Summit Slope community group Unpaving Paradise.
The meeting will open up the “opportunity for you to provide input on adding more green space in the street right-of-way and comment on changing traffic and parking on a short portion of E. John Street,” Karen O’Conner of Seattle Parks said.
After the park’s opening in 2011 traffic became a concern but it was skateboarders who were the culprit. Now that the skateboarding has been calmed, the community council is ready to work on the street.
The CHCC application says the group wishes to reshape the short portion of E John St, tone down the traffic and turn the “hostile” streetscape of E John “into a greenstreet.” Their application to the City expands on their plans to take over the garden:
We will do this by removing parking and narrowing the street, making E. John St. one-way eastbound and designating it as a festival street so that it can easily be closed down and used for community events. We will use the money from the opportunity fund to add three major features to the park. First is a 10-foot wide bioswale, which aligns well with the city goal of urban sustainability. We will also build a green connection from the park to E. Olive Way, incorporating community artwork and native plants. This will increase access to the park and add a valuable amenity to the retail district. Finally we will add garden space. Much of this garden space will be dedicated as a giving garden with the produce grown to be donated to local food banks.
Only in the preliminary stages, the parks department will gather public feedback before finalizing the plan. Can’t make it out? DeCoster encourages you to join in the civic process via email.
“We really hope lots of people make it to the meeting and/or send comments to the Parks Department during the next few weeks.”
You can email your comments to Rick Nishi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Capitol Hill Branch Library
2nd Floor Meeting Room
425 Harvard Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102