A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Vision Greenwood Park needs volunteers to help create park expansion

September 26th, 2013 by Doree

The all-volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park has helped dramatically reshape Greenwood Park at 602 N. 87th St. over the last several years, including adding a community garden and a multi-use sport court. Now, the City of Seattle has purchased an adjacent site that will be incorporated into the park (in green in the image below).


Aerial image courtesy of Vision Greenwood Park.

VGP is applying for a Small and Simple Project grant from the city for the planning stage, and needs a certain amount of volunteer labor, donated materials or professional services, or cash as a match. If you can help them out in any way, please take the volunteer commitment survey.

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Earth Day work party in Greenwood Park on Sunday

April 17th, 2013 by Doree

Everyone is invited to help pull weeds and clean up Greenwood Park during Earth Day on Sunday. The work party is from 12-4 p.m. Bring gardening gloves, weeding tools, and a snack to share. There will also be a garden seed exchange.

The spring greens are coming up in the community garden. Kids and adults are playing on the sport court. The playground is filled with children’s laughter. The Park is in bloom with spring flowers but bindweed, dandelions and other weeds are trying to choke them out. Please come get your hands dirty helping to tend the planting beds. Then share potluck snacks and exchange seeds for planting spring gardens.

Your commitment and energy make this park and this neighborhood great.

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Multiple shots fired into the air at Greenwood Park last night

March 12th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police officers responded to Greenwood Park at North 87th Street and Fremont Avenue North just after 9:30 last night, after a witness reported someone firing a handgun into the air.

Det. Mark Jamieson tells me the witness told officers he saw five black teenagers hanging around in the park, then saw one of them fire the gun. That teen then got into an older gray Honda and took off. The other four teens walked southbound on Fremont Avenue.

Officers recovered several shell casings at the scene, but were unable to locate the teens or the car.

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Greenwood Park community garden sign installed

January 4th, 2013 by Doree

A beautiful metal sign is now installed at the entrance to Greenwood Park‘s Community Garden. “Greenwood Station” refers to the former Interurban-Railway line that ran through the neighborhood at the beginning of the last century.

Greenwood Station sign-resized

The fence was created by local metal artist Kim Hall, with design input from volunteers from Vision Greenwood Park and neighbors.

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Greenwood Park celebrates new sport court at Sunday afternoon party

July 18th, 2012 by Doree

Volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park is celebrating the completion of the new sport court at Greenwood Park, 602 N. 87th St., by throwing a party from 3-6 p.m. Sunday. There’ll be live music, Santi’s Kitchen food truck, and Bluebird Microcreamery ice cream.

Mayor Michael McGinn and King County Councilman Larry Phillips will cut the ceremonial ribbon. Games will be ongoing – basketball, soccer, and a yoga class led by Whole Life Yoga instructors.

The new play space at Greenwood Park is nearly complete. The asphalt court has been poured and the goals were installed this week. The innovative ‘freegame goals’ incorporate a basketball hoop above a soccer goal, so the court can be used both sports as well as street hockey. Side walls on the goals prevent missed shots from sailing out of the courtyard. The intent of the design is to create a flexible play space that can be used for different games to make it appealing to many different kids.

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Summer Food Service Program provides free lunches, snacks at 3 PhinneyWood locations

July 1st, 2012 by Doree

The city’s Summer Food Service Program, which provides free breakfast, lunch and snacks to low-income children, got underway this week. The program provides free nutritious meals to children 18 and under at about 100 sites around the city. PhinneyWood-area locations include Greenwood Park, Sandel Park, and Bitter Lake Community Center.

Greenwood Park – 602 N. 87t St: Monday-Friday, through Aug. 24 – Lunch from 12-1 p.m. and snacks from 3-4 p.m.

Sandel Park Playground – 9053 1st Ave. NW: Monday-Friday, through Aug. 17 – Lunch from 12-1 p.m.

Bitter Lake Community Center – 13035 Linden Ave N. – Lunch from 12-1 p.m. and snacks from 3-4 p.m.

(Note: There is no meal service on July 4th.)

Check out the website for a full list of sites and hours for the Summer Food Service Program, or call 206-386-1140.

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Greenwood Park expansion update

May 21st, 2012 by Doree

The volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park has been working hard all winter to finalize the design for the new multi-sport courtyard, which will be installed in the empty lot next to the park along Fremont Avenue and North 87th Street. Construction will begin in June.

Contractors will pave a courtyard and install two “free game goals,” which are basketball hoops with soccer/hockey goals beneath them.

An example of “free game goals” that will be installed in Greenwood Park.

The 4th annual Party in the Park is set for 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. Neighbors are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the sport courtyard, eat, listen to live music, and bid on donated items to help pay for artwork in the park. If you can help out, please email VGP or see their website for more info.

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Work party at Greenwood Park on Sunday

March 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Volunteers from Vision Greenwood Park are hosting a work party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the park’s new Community Garden at Fremont Avenue North and North 89th Street.

The work party will happen rain or shine. Bring any of the following tools if you can:

  • Gloves
  • Shovels (5)
  • Trowels (5)
  • Plastic 5 gallon buckets (5)
  • Garden hose
  • Iron rakes (3)
  • Push broom (2)
  • Wheelbarrows (4)

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Chuck’s Hop Shop hosts ‘Good Cause Beer Tasting’ for Greenwood Park on Wednesday

February 28th, 2012 by Doree

Chuck’s Hop Shop, also known as Chuck’s 85th St. Market, is hosting a special beer tasting on Wednesday evening to raise money for a new multi-sports court in Greenwood Park.

The beer samples are free, but donations are welcome. The event is from 5-8 p.m. at 656 NW 85th St.

Meet great people, learn more about the project and try awesome beer from American Brewing Co. in Edmonds including Breakaway IPA, American Blonde, Brave American Brown and Caboose Oatmeal Stout.

Vision Greenwood Park (VGP) is a volunteer group of neighbors and representatives of local groups. In 2009, the group developed the “Greenwood Park Master Plan” with input from the community. The master plan called for the construction of a community garden and multi-sports court for basketball, hockey and soccer uses. Thanks to a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Neighborhood Matching Fund, local donations and tons of volunteer hours the community garden has been successfully built. Now we are off to finalize design of the sports court and get it built in 2012. Once again DON is helping to make this endeavor possible by awarding us a Matching Fund Grant, that coupled with a grant from by King County has gone a long way. Despite the two grants, VPG is finding it necessary to trim the design of the sports court to match our available budget. Every cent raised at events like the one being held at Chuck’s helps us maintain the important elements to make the sports court a fun useable space for the older kids in the neighborhood.

Come out and learn more about the project this Wednesday while getting to know a local business as well.

For more information on Vision Greenwood Park find us on Facebook or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VisionGreenwoodPark/. Learn more about Chuck’s at http://chucks85th.com/.

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Vision Greenwood Park is one of 6 Denny Award winners

November 4th, 2011 by Doree

The volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park has just won a Seattle Parks and Recreation Denny Award for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship.

The group has spent several years working to improve Greenwood Park. Their latest project is the new Community Garden, which is almost completed. VGP won the Community Stewardship Award.

“It is always difficult for us to choose winners,” Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams said in a press release. “All of our volunteers make valuable contributions for which we are deeply grateful. Our intention is to single out those who whose work builds community, inspires others, and improves lives.”

From the press release:

Vision Greenwood came together in 2008 with the idea to develop and expand Greenwood Park. Since that time, they have energetically pursued a vision of Greenwood Park that serves more of the community. In addition to putting in more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service, they have applied for and received more than $180,000 in grants; and have raised $18,000 through community fundraising and events. With the monies raised so far, they have designed and constructed a 40-plot P-Patch, and installed an art wall featuring sculptures along the street in a creative move that links the historical Interurban trolley line with the current bike route.

Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Nov. 29. Congratulations to Vision Greenwood Park!

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Greenwood Park Community Garden needs last-minute donations to complete raised beds

October 28th, 2011 by Doree

Members of the volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park have put in more than 1,000 hours of labor to create a Community Garden at Greenwood Park. They’re almost done, but they still need a little more money to finish building the raised garden beds and fill them with garden soil.

The site looked like this one year ago:

And now looks like this:

Photos courtesy of Vision Greenwood Park.

The support of neighbors has truly made this a community garden. We have stretched our grant funds with discounts from Dunn Lumber, Pacific Topsoil, and the Dirt Exchange, but we still need $2,200 more to build out the raised garden beds with additional soil and taller borders.

Please help us complete the community garden in time for late season planting this year.

Donations of any amount can be made securely on the Phinney Neighborhood Association website. Checks are also welcome and can be made out to Vision Greenwood Park and sent to PO Box 30105, Seattle, WA 98113. All donations are tax deductible.*

We thank you in advance for your support!

*The Phinney Neighborhood Association is a 501(c)3 organization and is the fiscal sponsor of VGP, which makes donations to the project tax deductible. The Federal Identification Number is 91-1112780.

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Greenwood Park Community Garden almost done, needs final donations

October 8th, 2011 by Doree

Vision Greenwood Park volunteers have worked hard for years to transform Greenwood Park, 602 N. 87th St., into a safer, more welcoming park for everyone. The new Community Garden is almost done, but VGP needs about $2,000 more to finish the project.

Raised garden beds and wood chip path. Photos Jay Boynton.

From VGP member Cassandra Allen:

We have made significant progess building the raised beds. The accessible beds are complete! The rest of the beds though need one more level of boards – for which we are doing some additional fundraising. We hope to raise another $2,200 to be able to buy: the rest of the boards, soil for the beds and the remaining materials for the tool shed.

VGP and community volunteers have been working with local metal artist Kim Hall on the fence artwork that’s along Fremont Avenue. Several pieces are complete, but we will continue working on this through the fall to bring the theme of the evolution of Seattle transportation (spinning off of the Interurban’s route through Greenwood) to life.

If you’d like to donate to the project, visit the online donation page.

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