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Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center to be named after longtime volunteer Nancy Malmgren

April 21st, 2015 by Doree

NancyMalmgren-resizedSeattle Parks and Recreation will name Carkeek Park’s Environmental Learning Center after longtime volunteer Nancy Malmgren, who has spent the last four decades helping to restore the park and Piper’s Creek watershed.

The Nancy Malmgren Environmental Center will be dedicated at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.

Nancy Malmgren first visited Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle in 1945 at the age of 16, and she’s maintained a strong connection to the park ever since. Ms. Malmgren’s daughter attended Carkeek Park’s annual Girl Scout Day Camp for six years and Nancy led different scout groups on expeditions throughout the park. In 1965, she began making restoration improvements to the area.

Ms. Malmgren has spent the last 40-plus years restoring Carkeek Park and the Piper’s Creek watershed. After securing funding from the Clean Water Act in 1979, Nancy and her husband Les started the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project in partnership with Ted Mohldendorph. The watershed group organized educational, habitat restoration and outreach activities in the area and the Malmgrens often spent full work weeks reinforcing stream channels and creating sustainable paths for salmon. By the late 1980s, the couple’s efforts were repaid when hundreds of chum salmon returned to the stream.

Ms. Malmgren has received an Environmental Excellence Award and Denny Award from Seattle Parks and Recreation along with recognition from the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Washington State Ecological Commission.

The event will be part of the larger Pioneer and Garden Celebration hosted by the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Cheryl Eastberg at Cheryl.Eastberg@seattle.gov or 206-386-4381.

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Earth Day celebration at Carkeek Park on Saturday

April 14th, 2015 by Doree

Carkeek Park’s 35th annual Earth Day Celebration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The festivities officially begin at 10 a.m. with a Cub Scout flag ceremony.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., you can join a STARS (Streams, Trails, and Reforestation Stewards) volunteer work party to help with hands-on trail maintenance and forest restoration. Gloves and training provided. For ages 13 and older.
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. you can help clean up the beach. (Sign-up next to the railroad overpass.)

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet park volunteers and learn about year round volunteer opportunities in Carkeek Park. Or meet at Piper’s Orchard for a drop-in work party for weeding and mulching. (Bring gloves and small trowels.) Or visit and feed the chum salmon fry in the Imprint Pond; tour the demonstration gardens and visit with one of the stewards; or meet the “Heaven & Earth 7” temporary art installation curators and make your own art.

From 7:45-8:15 p.m., salmon fry will be released into Venema Creek at the Imprint Pond.

Visit the Carkeek Park Advisory Council Facebook page for updates or contact dkoon14@gmail.com.

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Call for artists for Carkeek Park’s ‘Heaven and Earth VII’

April 9th, 2015 by Doree

Artists are requested to apply to become part of this year’s temporary outdoor art installation at Carkeek Park, just north of Greenwood. This year’s theme is “Propagation: Heaven & Earth VII.” Art will be in place from July 11 through Oct. 10.

In keeping with the spirit of the site, the organizers seek work that reflects an ongoing recognition of the precarious nature of the environment with attention to the metaphor of propagation, which is often associated with the production of plants (sowing seeds, grafting, and other forms of reproduction, multiplication, dispersal, pollination, etc.) but which can also be freely translated to reference human means of dissemination (such as internet memes and other forms of media transmittal). The organizers encourage experimental , kinetic, or interactive works that explore a broad range of contemporary interpretations of art and nature, including performance, new media, landscape interventions, installations, sound art, biomimicry, ephemeral work, and other interdisciplinary perspectives. We are particularly hopeful of proposals to project video into the urban forest from a secured location at the Park’s headquarters.

The Call is open to all artists (whether established or emerging), local, regional, national, or international. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave “no trace” following removal.

Between 12 – 15 artists and/or artist teams will be selected from the pool of applicants and offered an honorarium of $300 – $700 depending on the proposal.

Deadline for final entries by midnight Saturday, May 2, 2015. Please send a check for a suggested $20 submission fee made out to Center for Environmental Art to: Carkeek Park Advisory Council, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle WA 98177. Please indicate “Heaven and Earth VII” on the check. The submission fee can be waived with a simple request to the curators and/or a sliding scale of paying what you can is perfectly acceptable.

Please send submissions to http://heavenandearthexhibition.org/submit/

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Annual Festival of Fruit at Carkeek Park’s Piper’s Orchard is Saturday

September 9th, 2014 by Doree

The Friends of Piper’s Orchard is hosting the annual Festival of Fruit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Carkeek Park‘s historic orchard. Events begin at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd. There will be a cider pressing and tasting, live music, activities for kids, and guided tours of the orchard.

All are welcome to join for:

  • Informational presentations: Experts including the renowned Dr. Bob Norton, retired research scientist from WSU Extension in Mt. Vernon, and Shaun Shepherd from Portland’s Home Orchard Society will give talks on apple varieties and identification.
  • Apple identification: Bring apples from your home orchard for variety identification.
  • Fresh pressed cider: Visitors are encouraged to try out making cider the old-fashioned way, with a hand cranked cider press.
  • Homemade pie: Visitors can donate homemade pies. Fresh warm cider and slices of homemade pie will be available for a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.
  • Orchard tours: Expert volunteers who have restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are going strong as well as younger trees and newly planted grape vines.
  • Apple Tasting: Visitors will have the chance to taste heirloom apple varieties that are grown in the orchard.
  • Kids’ crafts: Little ones will enjoy organized arts and crafts activities.
  • Cider making presentation: Watch and learn how to make cider during a presentation starting at 2:30 p.m.

The festival is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to park below the learning center. Volunteers will be directing guests. For more information, please call 206-684-0877 or visit www.pipersorchard.org.

The Festival is sponsored by Friends of Piper’s Orchard, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Tree Fruit Society and City Fruit.


13 rotting alder trees to be removed at Carkeek Park starting Monday

September 5th, 2014 by Doree

Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, Seattle Parks and Recreation will fell 13 failing alder trees at Carkeek Park. A 24-inch diameter alder tree fell and destroyed the bridge adjacent to the Salmon Imprint Pond this spring. Crews will take down nearly two-dozen more that have trunk decay and undermined root systems.

When Seattle Parks tree crews fell the 13 trees, where practical they will leave the trunks’ lower portions as wildlife snags. Hydraulic lifts will be used to remove 12 of the trees in sections, and one tree will be felled from the base. Using the lift will limit the amount of woody debris getting into the stream and help protect the tree workers. The remaining stumps will help create wildlife habitat. This plan was created in collaboration with Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

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Carkeek Park entry road closed again today for repaving

May 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews have closed the entry road into Carkeek Park again today to finish repaving work. The road should reopen by 5 p.m.

Bicycle and pedestrian access will be curtailed on the entry road on May 13th but unpaved trails into and through the park will be open as usual.

The repaving of NW Carkeek Park Road is part of a larger repaving project by SDOT in the immediate surrounding neighborhood, including 8th Ave. NW, NW 114th Pl., NW 116th St., 6th Ave. NW and NW 117th St.

The repaving project is expected to be completed over a period of two weeks beginning May 6, 2014 and ending on Friday, May 16th. Typical working hours are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Call for temporary outdoor artworks at Carkeek Park

March 24th, 2014 by Doree

The sixth installation in the “Heaven & Earth” series of outdoor artwork at Carkeek Park just north of Greenwood will be on display from July 12-Oct. 29. This year’s theme is “As Above so Below.”

The exhibition is a collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, and the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA). Artists will receive a $500 honorarium.

CoCA will accept proposals for a wide variety of media for placement in a series of suggested locations viewable online (http://www.cocaseattle.org/carkeekphotos.htm). As Above so Below is open to all artists (whether established or emerging), local, regional, national, or international. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave “no trace” following removal. Working in conjunction with its partners, CoCA will select up to 12 artists and/or artist’s teams from the pool of applicants and offer an honorarium of $500. CoCA will also publish a map and full color catalog of the exhibition, create a shared blog, archive the work on www.heavenandearthexhibition.org, and offer participating artists a one-year membership in CoCA. The 2014 exhibition will be guest-juried by Thendara Kida-Gee, Artist/Curator, and Paula Hoff, Strategic Advisor, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent’s Office. There is no fee to apply.

As Above So Below: Heaven & Earth 6 is one of the region’s only venues for site-specific artwork in an urban forest setting where part of the exhibit includes a walking tour of an hour or more. Spread throughout Carkeek Park’s 200-plus acres of urban forest in a series of clusters linked by trails, As Above So Below affords a prime opportunity to explore a broad range of contemporary interpretations of art and nature, including performance, new media, landscape interventions, installations, sound art, biomimicry, ephemeral work, and other interdisciplinary perspectives.

Deadline for final entries by midnight Saturday, May 1, 2014 PST. Please send submissions to http://www.cocaseattle.org/submission.php. View 2009 – 2013 exhibitions at www.heavenandearthexhibition.org.

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Main access road in Carkeek Park closed so crews can repair water line

January 15th, 2014 by Doree

Part of the main access road into Carkeek Park is closed as crews repair a water line. Repairs should be done on Friday.

The road past the Environmental Learning Center is closed while crews work to repair the pipe. Carkeek Park is located in northwest Seattle at 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.

To protect public safety, the road to the lower meadow, beach and wetland areas is closed to traffic. Pedestrians can still access these areas via trails from the upper parking lot at NW 100th Pl. Flaggers will be in place during work hours to direct traffic.

The pipe supplies potable water needed to operate King County’s Carkeek Pump Station and Wet Weather Treatment Facility. Crews are working to repair the leak and anticipate completing work by the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 17. Affected areas of the road will be repaired and repaved.

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Meat stuffed with rat poison found on Carkeek Park trails

December 16th, 2013 by Doree

Kevin tells us he found meat stuffed with rat poison on the trails at Carkeek Park on Saturday. The piece of meat he found was on the Clay Pit Trail, on the south side of Pipers Creek. He said it appears someone was trying to poison dogs.

The piece of meat was about 3″ long and maybe 1.5″ thick – too big I think to be intended for crows or anything small. The right size, however, for a dog to scarf down before its owner can stop them, on-leash or off. We did not find any more poison anywhere else, but we didn’t check every trail or grassy area.

We warned several folks we saw with dogs, and one family immediately headed off to the vet because their dog had eaten something they thought looked like a strip of meat before they could stop her.

One early sign of rat poison ingestion in dogs is green poop (from the dye in the poison) – if you see that get to the vet immediately. Much more info on symptoms can be easily found online, but short version is that it can take days for symptoms to appear, it does not cause vomiting, and it attacks the blood, causing lethargy and impairing clotting, so often there will be copious bleeding from the mouth and nose or from small injuries.


And here’s what the underside looked like.


KOMO has a story about someone else who found tainted meat at Carkeek this weekend.

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