November 13th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Parks and Recreation is celebrating the return of chum salmon to Pipers Creek at a special celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, at Carkeek Park. Besides a good opportunity to see salmon, they’ll also have children’s activities, music, treats and hot drinks.
Those chum are a gift to the people of Seattle from the Suquamish Tribe for the Piper’s Creek salmon stock supplementation program.
The chum and a few coho return each year to the natural beauty of Carkeek Park. From Saturday, November 10 to Sunday, December 9, Salmon Stewards will be on hand at the park each Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enhance visitors’ understanding of the life cycle of the salmon. The Salmon Stewards Program is a community volunteer program funded and collaboratively run by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Restore our Waters program at Seattle Public Utilities. To date, volunteer salmon watchers have recorded 145 live chum and 17 live coho.
Pipers Creek has a long and spotted history with salmon. Historically the creek and its tributaries most likely supported runs of steelhead, sea-run cutthroat, and coho salmon. In 1893, the Great Northern Railroad was built over Pipers Creek, and in 1906 the railroad built a rock seawall and placed the creek in a culvert under the tracks. The last of the virgin timber in the watershed was logged in 1921. Development in the watershed also contributed to water quality and habitat degradation and in 1927, local residents reported seeing the last pair of spawning salmon in the creek.
Fortunately, in 1929 much of the Pipers Creek watershed became Carkeek Park. This preserved the land surrounding Pipers Creek (currently 223 acres). The park land, the existing open spaces, nearby back yards and large trees act as buffers to help protect the creek and its spring-fed tributary system. Though the historical salmon populations vanished, the creek system has continued to provide habitat for an ancestral, resident cutthroat trout population.
Because of the potential for salmon production in the watershed, in 1980, volunteers from Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project began a salmon enhancement project in Pipers Creek in partnership with the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). Today the Suquamish Tribe’s Grover’s Creek Hatchery provides chum salmon as fingerlings for release into Pipers Creek and eggs for local schools to raise.
About 70,000 chum fingerlings are first introduced into the Les Malmgren imprinting pond at Carkeek Park each winter, and 5,000 additional eggs are provided to approximately 25 elementary schools that raise and release their salmon into the imprint pond at Carkeek Park each spring as an activity of the Salmon in the Schools Program. The young chum are held in the pond under the care of diligent volunteers and fed for about three weeks to imprint them to the “smell” of the creek system, which helps them return as adults to spawn.
After two to five years at sea, the chum salmon return to Pipers Creek as 10 to 22 pound adult fish, ready to spawn. The returning chum salmon include fish released through the stock supplementation program and potentially, descendants of fish that spawned naturally in the creek. typically, between 100 and 600 chum salmon spawners return to Pipers Creek between late October and mid-December.
The peak of spawning generally occurs each year around Thanksgiving. Stay up to date on fish sightings in Pipers Creek by following the Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards on Facebook, or call 206-684-5999.
Tags: Carkeek Park, piper's creek, salmon
September 9th, 2012 by Doree
Piper’s Orchard is hosting the Sixth Annual Festival of Fruit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road. All festival events are free.
Tree fruit expert Tim Smith will speak at 10:30 a.m. Smith is an internationally known WSU extension educator from Wenatchee, who will discuss how to grow fruit trees organically.
Competitive bakers can enter the home-made fruit pie contest; entries are due at the festival by 10 am.
Other activities include kids’ crafts, live music, cider pressing, orchard tours, apple tastings, and special talks about the orchard’s history and fruit. Fresh cider and pie will be sold.
Tags: Carkeek Park, fruit, Piper's Orchard
July 19th, 2012 by Doree
From our sister site, My Ballard:
A man fell 60 feet from a bluff at Carkeek Park, according to a report from KIRO-TV. The man is 48 years old and rescuers had to descend into a ravine to get him out. He is now out of the ravine, and a live video stream from KIRO showed him being carried on a backboard out of the park and to the hospital.
Tags: Carkeek Park
June 29th, 2012 by Doree
Congratulations to Top Ten Toys for winning ParentMap magazine’s Golden Teddy Award for best toy store, and to Beach Combers Kids Cuts for best kids haircut.
Other neighborhood favorites that were finalists:
And Seattle Magazine is looking for neighborhood nominations for its annual “Best of” issue in December. Vote for your neighborhood favorites through July 15.
Tags: A la Mode Pies, American Dance Institute, Beach Combers Kids Cuts, Carkeek Park, Childish Things, ParentMap, Phinney Farmers Market, Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, Polly-Glots, Seattle Magazine, Starbucks, The Sneakery, Top Ten Toys, Zeeks
June 28th, 2012 by Doree
This comes from our sister site, My Ballard:
A new outdoor art exhibit was recently unveiled at Carkeek Park. It’s called “Rootbound: Heaven and Earth 4″ and features 18 artists from around the Puget Sound, Vancouver, B.C., California and Oregon. The exhibit is installed along nearly three miles of trail through the park’s canyons and creeks, and features site-specific sculpture including sound art, kinetic sculptures, and landscape inventions. “All works are considered experimental: some are designed to last for the entire four month display period…while others incorporate decay and erosion,” according to the exhibit’s website. “The exhibit’s themes offer a variety of perspectives on art and nature.”
“Tree Futures” by Suze Woolf. Photo from the Heaven and Earth Exhibition website.
“From Rust to Dust” by Suzanne Tidwell. Photo from the Heaven and Earth Exhibition website.
“I will go back and not come out” by Fox Anthony Spears. Photo from the Heaven and Earth Exhibition website.
The exhibit is a collaboration of Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture Site Specific. It is up now through October 31.
From Seattle Parks:
Following a widely acclaimed debut in 2009 that received national attention, CoCA and the five organizations have partnered again to bring another exhibition to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle. As before, the theme concerns the natural world in a time of dramatic change. Some of the art is designed to weather in place and erode, while other work incorporates movement and interactive use by visitors.
To learn more about the exhibit, visit the Heaven and Earth Exhibition website.
Tags: art, Carkeek Park
April 5th, 2012 by Doree
Join with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP), Seattle Public Utilities’ Restore our Waters initiative, and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council to clean up Carkeek Park on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21.
The work party starts at 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., and goes from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information and to register, call 206-684-0877.
Volunteer activities include storm drain stenciling, general park cleanup, and community education in the park and surrounding watershed.
At Carkeek Park, home to Piper’s Creek where salmon return year after year, visitors can explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed where 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time. Walk the Piper’s Canyon Story Trail, play on the unique salmon themed play area, or touch time at the historic Piper Orchard. In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, reclaimed a unique historic fruit orchard, and created habitat to bring salmon back to Piper’s Creek.
Tags: Carkeek Park, Earth Day, Restore our Waters, salmon, Seattle Parks and Recreation
February 22nd, 2012 by Doree
More than 50 volunteers with Woodland Park Zoo’s “pond watch” program will fan out at Carkeek Park this Saturday morning to survey amphibian egg masses in ponds and wetlands.
Oregon Spotted Frog. Photo by Dana Payne, Woodland Park Zoo.
The volunteers have already completed special training. They will be armed with hip waders, digital cameras, GPS units, and other monitoring tools.
Eight amphibian species will be monitored under the new regional program: western toad, Northwestern salamander, northern red-legged frog, Pacific tree frog, Oregon spotted frog, rough-skinned newt, long-toed salamander and American bullfrog. This project will provide critical population data, which over the long term can help determine if amphibian declines or fluctuations are occurring.
The ancient class of amphibians includes salamanders, newts, an obscure group of legless creatures known as caecilians and, of course, the icons, frogs and toads. Because their skin is so permeable, amphibians are known as sentinels of the planet, signaling an early warning when something is not right in the environment.
Tags: Carkeek Park, frogs, Oregon Spotted Frog, ponds, volunteers, wetlands, woodland park zoo
January 30th, 2012 by Geeky Swedes
Volunteer fish feeders are needed for the 2012 salmon supplementation project in Carkeek Park. From February through May, 50,000 Chum Salmon fry will need to be fed three times a day by volunteers. Salmon from the Suquamish Tribal fish hatchery are raised in a small pond at Carkeek Park where they learn the taste and smell of the creek water.
“Salmon duty” takes just 30 minutes at least once a week. Schedules are flexible and fish feeders attend a one hour training. The training for spring fish feeders will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 11.
This is a joint project between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project. Interested fish feeders should contact Nancy Malmgren at 206-363-4116.
Tags: Carkeek Park, salmon
November 17th, 2011 by Doree
The annual salmon run will be celebrated the day after Thanksgiving with free food, children’s activities, and a special performance of “Stormwater: Life in the Gutter” at Carkeek Park.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, hear volunteer salmon stewards talk about the lifecycle and habitat of salmon, how people affect them, what the city is doing to protect our waterways, and what you can do at home to help.
A special performance of “Stormwater: Life in the Gutter” is at 12 p.m. in the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center.
The one-man performance, written and performed by Stokley Towles, uncovers the world of urban rainfall and traces it from the clouds to the city’s streets and into the pipelines and creeks through which it flows. Towles’ one-hour presentation is humorous and informative – offering a gutter’s eye view of Seattle’s drainage and sewer system.
Photo courtesy of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Pipers Creek collects stormwater runoff from the Broadview, Greenwood, Blue Ridge and Crown Hill neighborhoods – about three square miles – from Northwest 85th Street to the city limits between Greenwood Avenue North and Puget Sound.
Tags: Carkeek Park, salmon
November 15th, 2011 by Doree
The 19-year-old man accused of assaulting a woman in Carkeek Park on Oct. 10 pleaded not guilty this morning, after being found competent to stand trial.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Jack Keewatinawin with Assault Second Degree with Sexual Motivation for allegedly attacking a female jogger. He was ordered to undergo a medical evaluation, after telling authorities he believed the woman was a “marijuana goddess.”
He remains in jail on $250,000 bail. His case setting hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29.
Tags: assault, Carkeek Park
November 1st, 2011 by Doree
The man accused of attacking a female runner in Carkeek Park on Oct. 10 has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial.
Jack Keewatinawin, 19, is charged with Assault Second Degree with Sexual Motivation. He will be arraigned (enter a plea to the charge) on Nov. 15. He remains in jail on $250,000 bail.
Tags: assault, Carkeek Park, crime
October 18th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes
The man accused of attacking a woman in Carkeek Park last week believed she was a “marijuana goddess” and he wanted to take her in the woods and have sex with her, Kiro7 is reporting. Kiro, citing court documents, says the woman fought the attacker and kicked him in the groin.
The suspect, Jack Sun Keewatinawin, turned to run away. When she yelled that she was going to call police, he told her not to worry about it that he’d do it for her. She then overheard him telling someone that he had just attacked a woman. According to the documents, Keewatinawin did call 911. So did the victim. When police caught up with the suspect, he admitted to the crime. “He said he smoked marijuana most of Sunday evening and that when he woke up Monday, ‘he was still a little high,’ according to the documents. He said that as the woman jogged past him, he tried to catch her because he thought she was the ‘marijuana goddess.’ He said that if he caught her, his intent was to take her into the woods and have sex with her,” the Kiro report states.
Keewatinawin, 19, was charged on Monday with second-degree assault with sexual motivation in the attack. He is in jail on $250,000 bail. He will be arraigned on Oct. 31.
Tags: assault, Carkeek Park, crime