In event of catastrophe: Study recommends Volunteer Park reservoir remain ready to serve Capitol Hill and beyond

22 million gallons of Cedar River water is waiting atop Capitol Hill (Image: CHS)

A recent study recommends that Volunteer Park’s reservoir will remain exactly that — a reservoir. Even if it were to stay unconnected to the city’s drinking water system, as it is now, the water could prove crucial in the event of a major earthquake. There is a 15-20% likelihood that such an earthquake will hit Seattle within the next 50 years.

Back in 2013, the city began studying the reservoir, along with one in Roosevelt, to see if it was still needed. Federal safety guidelines about protecting the water supply mandate expensive upgrades (basically putting a lid on it) in order to continue using the reservoir as a source of drinking water. So the city considered decommissioning it instead. Continue reading

Family of Twitch CEO celebrates parents’ 40th anniversary with free admission at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

A Capitol Hill family is celebrating 40 years of love and commitment with a gift for everybody. The Volunteer Park Conservatory will offer free admission for the holidays and to start 2019.

“We grew up walking to the Conservatory during my whole childhood, and I know my parents want everyone to be able to enjoy this beauty and peace,” Emmett Shear said in an announcement from Seattle Parks. “In their honor, I’m excited to be able to invite people to come for free to the Conservatory again.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Alligator the Santa Border Beagle in Volunteer Park

Alligator, a “Border Beagle” half Border Collie, half Beagle — “we think, as proven by Google image searches” — was seen prancing about in his fancy Santa costume and big red bow at Volunteer Park and leading his owner Sarah on a tour of the best smells. Now ten years old, Alligator was adopted three years ago and has become part of the family. Seattle4Dogs walkers were also out and about in the park for a holiday-themed walk so he didn’t feel alone in his festive garb. He is known to get into any food, literally anywhere in the house, even “on top of the refrigerator,” so if he comes to visit, lock up your tasty treats.
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CHS Pics | The eighth night of Chanukah in Volunteer Park

With warm latkeh and a grand menorah, Chabad of Capitol Hill celebrated the eighth night of Chanukah in Volunteer Park on a chilly and wet Sunday in Seattle.

The ceremony marked the final night of the Jewish holiday for the group dedicated to reaching “every Jew” in Seattle. Continue reading

Happy Hilladays: Mark your calendar for Neighbours Alley celebration, Holiday in the Park

A caroler in the snow at a Holiday in the Park past (Image: CHS)

If you’re like CHS, you probably aren’t totally feeling the holiday season yet. That’s cool. But next week, you better get ready to be festive.

Next Thursday night brings a double header of celebration to Capitol Hill including a very Pike/Pine venue — the Neighbours Alley.

Organizers from the effort to redesign the alley to enhance the neighborhood and surrounding streets are holding a party along with the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk:

Neighbours Alley Celebration

It sounds like a good party: Continue reading

Volunteer Park amphitheater replacement project gets $900K boost

The old amphitheater still stands — for now (Image: Volunteer Park Trust)

There is still more money to raise but a Seattle Parks District grant will go a long way toward making the planned replacement of Volunteer Park‘s crumbling amphitheater a reality.

$900,000 in funding for the project was announced Thursday in a grant that will help the Volunteer Park Trust replace the park’s old masonry stage “with a modern structure that meets community needs for a versatile outdoor performance space” while enhancing “the historic Olmsted landscape” of the park and putting the facility in full ADA compliance. Continue reading

CHS Pics | A Capitol Hill fall flight

The construction-covered Seattle Asian Art Museum (Images: CHS)

East Coast transplants may have finally felt at home in Seattle this fall. With a drier than usual and mostly storm-free autumn playing out, the area’s trees have sported colorful coats for longer than usual. CHS visited the misty air above Volunteer Park Monday for a more Seattle-hued look at the colors through the prism of a foggy afternoon to say goodbye to the long stretch of mostly beautiful weather. Rain is in the forecast and pretty soon those leaves are going to be mush. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Volunteer Park Hilloween parade edition

Hilloween 2018 has begun. Over the weekend, hundreds turned out on a foggy Sunday for the first ever Volunteer Park Halloween pet parade. Dozens of fur babies dressed up for the day vying for contest prizes and treats for tricks. You can check out the rainbow dogs, superheroes, not an actual dairy cow, a rabbit, a monkey with a banana dog, and more, below. Continue reading

Water tower work joins busy time for construction in Volunteer Park

“If the red rectangle is closed to traffic, the yellow rectangle will be open and vice versa,” SPU says.

When you are a more than 100-year-old city park, you are going to need a little extra work.

Seattle Public Utilities announced it is getting ready to mount a four to six week construction project to upgrade drainage around the historic water tower inside the busy confines of Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park.

SPU says work to repair crushed drain pipes and settlement around the base of the water tower will begin as early as November 4th: Continue reading

CHS Pics | Smaller Seattle AIDS Walk circles Volunteer Park

The new, smaller, more “intimate” Seattle AIDS Walk circled Volunteer Park and stayed off city streets Saturday with a charity walk and picnic to raise funds to help those living with HIV and AIDS. CHS stopped by to see the walk and to watch for those who stepped up enough to earn “Queen” crowns by raising $1,000 or more in pledges. Saturday’s walk was the 32nd year for the fundraiser benefitting Lifelong that typically raises more than $200,000 for the nonprofit. You can still give here if you would like to help.

More pictures from the 2018 Seattle AIDS Walk, below. Continue reading