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


Help design new Seattle Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo

September 4th, 2015 by Doree

The community is invited to help design the new Seattle Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo. The first public meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N., in the downstairs Red Room of the Blue Building.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and the design team of Fischer Bouma Partnership, Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology and Mark Epstein of Hafs Epstein, will provide project information and gather community input for the garden’s design.

The goal of the project is to develop a garden for the senses by adding sight, touch, smell and sound elements to increase accessibility and provide a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Sensory Garden is an expansion of the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo.

This community-initiated project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been coordinating with Woodland Park Zoo, the Lions Club, Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center, Lighthouse for the Blind, ARC of King County and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

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Many Parks and Recreation facilities closed on Labor Day

September 1st, 2015 by Doree

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7, including:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

The following facilities will remain open on Labor Day:

  • Golf courses
  • Boat ramps
  • Beaches (Matthews, Madison, Mt. Baker, Seward, West Green Lake)
  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
  • Colman Pool
  • Wading pools (Green Lake, Lincoln Park, Van Asselt, Volunteer Park)
  • Spray Parks

Also, Labor Day is the last day of operation for all outdoor swimming pools, spray parks, wading pools and beaches. (Any outdoor aquatic facilities not listed above will have already closed for the season by Labor Day.)

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Meet new superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation at community meetings

July 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s new superintendent, Jesús Aguirre, will meet with community members in the next few months to learn more about the city’s diverse neighborhoods and recreation needs.

In our neck of the woods, his meetings are from 6:30-8 p.m. at the following community centers:

  • Bitter Lake, Sept. 2, 13035 Linden Ave. N.
  • Ballard, Oct. 14, Sept. 17, 6020 28th Ave. NW
  • Loyal Heights, Oct. 27, 2101 NW 77th St.

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City finalizes deal to purchase Bleacher’s Pub land to double size of new park next to Greenwood Library

July 15th, 2015 by Doree

The City of Seattle has finalized the deal to purchase the land where Bleacher’s Pub currently sits, at Greenwood Avenue North and North 82nd Street, to build a new park next to the Greenwood Library.


The city previously purchased the adjoining land where a strip mall housed the Greenwood Quick Stop, Aloha Ramen and Manna Teriyaki. That money came from the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy. After the purchase, Quick Stop moved a few blocks north and Aloha Ramen moved to Lake City. Only Manna Teriyaki remains.


From the mayor’s website:

Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the acquisition of property at 8118 Greenwood Ave. N. for a new park in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood. The deal closed on July 1, 2015.

“As Seattle’s neighborhoods grow, residents must have access to public amenities like parks,” said Mayor Murray. “By adding this property, we’re increasing recreational opportunities for the Greenwood-Phinney community and creating more public space next to the new Greenwood Library for families and children.”

This acquisition will double the size of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s property on Greenwood Ave. N., encompassing the block between N 81st and N 82nd streets. The addition of this site to the mini-mart property at 8100 Greenwood Ave. N, purchased in May 2012, will now offer the community a total of 0.43 acres of new park space adjacent to the new Greenwood library.

Phinney resident and Parks and Green Spaces Levy Committee Member Bill Farmer was heavily involved in the search for a new park location and was glad to hear the City had acquired the additional acreage.

“The additional space will allow the community to do a lot more with this site,” Farmer said. “It’s a great location being next to the library. It will be able to accommodate more activities for kids, which wouldn’t have been feasible with a smaller property. Greenwood is booming right now, and it will be important for the community to have this green space.”

The property’s current tenant, Bleacher’s Pub, will remain under a new short-term lease while the City helps relocate the business. Seattle Parks and Recreation is still working with the Manna Teriyaki business, part of the mini-mart site, to relocate. The property was purchased for $1.7 million, drawing from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2008.

The mini-mart site, a “land-banked” property, is one of 14 sites that was purchased with funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy to address lack of green space in neighborhoods. Seattle Parks held this site in the current condition with minimal maintenance in anticipation of demolishing the building and developing the new park with funding provided by the newly created Park District. Parks plans on developing the land-banked sites in the order they were purchased with funding from the Seattle Park District, which was passed by Seattle voters in August 2014.

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Smoking ban in all Seattle parks begins today

July 6th, 2015 by Doree

As of today, all parks in Seattle are smoke free. The ban includes any publicly-accessible park facility, including neighborhood pocket parks.

Park visitors used to have to be 25 feet away from other visitors to smoke; the new ban eliminates smoking entirely.

Enforcement of the new rule would primarily be a matter of education and will be entrusted to Park Rangers and the Seattle police officers. The enforcement protocol for the new rule was developed in 2012. This protocol does not include excluding people from a park because they are smoking.

Park Rangers will approach smokers and provide them with information on where they can smoke and a resource card with information about the policy and resources for help in quitting tobacco (if they wish to quit). The next level of enforcement would be a verbal warning, followed by a written warning. Seattle Parks expects a large percentage of smokers to voluntarily comply with the verbal requests or verbal warnings.

To report a non-emergency nuisance activity, the public should call the Seattle Police non-emergency line at 206-625-5011.

Park visitors who have been given a written trespass warning for smoking in a park can set up a meeting to dispute the claim by emailing Right2dispute@seattle.gov or by calling 206-684-4075.

Smoking is allowed on public rights-of-way, including sidewalks. For more information about the smoking ban, please visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation website at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/smokingban/.

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Summer fun at beaches, pools and spray parks

June 19th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation has several pools, spray parks and beaches close to Phinney Ridge and Greenwood that your family can enjoy. You can download a PDF of the complete summer guide of all Seattle Parks facilities here.

Wading pools are open on warm days with sunny skies. Call the hotline at 206-684-7796 by 9 a.m. each day to find out whether wading pools will be filled.

  • Green Lake, North 73rd Street and East Green Lake Drive North. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N. Open 12-7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St. Open 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
  • Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N. Open 12-7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Spray parks are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until Sept. 7:

  • Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd Ave. NW

Lifeguarded beaches open Saturday, June 20, from 12-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

  • East Green Lake, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N. Open through Aug. 23.
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr. Open through Sept. 7.

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May 19 teacher walkout – what to do with your kids

May 12th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools’ teachers will stage a one-day walkout on Tuesday, May 19, to protest the state legislature’s current underfunding of public schools. That is leaving many working parents scrambling for what to do with their kids.

Coding with Kids, a Redmond-based academy teaching computer programming to elementary and middle school children, is offering a discounted day camp on May 19 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Camp will run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and is for ages 7-14. Cost is $89.

One day of coding fun! Tech-savvy instructors will guide small groups of campers as they unleash their creativity. Both beginners and experienced coders are welcome! (Students will be grouped by age and experience.)

Campers will receive personalized instruction and collaborate with new friends. Everybody will learn something new and build a game or two of their own. After camp, students will be able to share their work with family and friends and continue development through online access. (Programming environment: Scratch) The camp will include off-line activities and multiple breaks. Please, send snacks, lunch and water with your children.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will have free drop-in activities for students from kindergarten to 8th grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 21 community centers, including Ballard, Loyal Heights and Bitter Lake.

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students must have a completed registration form. Registration forms can be obtained at open community centers, at the community centers the day of the drop-in service, or printed from http://www.seattle.gov/parks/. To hold a spot at a center register in advance please go online at https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp. A registration form still must be brought to the community center on the 19th.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council will staff these sites. Parents are asked to drop off eligible children by 9:00 a.m. Spaces for parents who have pre-registered will not be held past 9:00 a.m. Once signed in, children will only be released to the authorized contacts listed on the registration form (identification is required).

Parents are asked to send a sack lunch with their child. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to those students who are unable to bring their own.

The drop-in activities will be available at the following community centers:

  • Alki, 5817 SW Stevens St.
  • Ballard, 6020 28th Ave. NW
  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N.
  • Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way SW
  • Garfield, 2323 E Cherry St.
  • Hiawatha, 2700 California Ave. SW
  • High Point, 6920 34th Ave. SW
  • Jefferson, 3801 Beacon Ave. S.
  • Loyal Heights, 2101 NW 77th St.
  • Magnolia, 2550 34th Ave. W.
  • Magnuson, 7110 62nd Ave. NE
  • Meadowbrook, 10517 35th Ave. NE
  • Miller, 330 19th Ave. NE
  • Northgate, 10510 5th Ave. NE
  • Queen Anne, 1901 First Ave. W.
  • Rainier, 4600 38th Ave. S.
  • Rainier Beach, 8825 Rainier Ave. S.
  • Ravenna-Eckstein, 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE
  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S.
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Yesler, 917 E Yesler Way

Parks’ Teen Centers will be open 2:30-8:00 p.m. in order to provide some daytime drop-in activities for teens. Geographically located Teen Centers are Meadowbrook, Garfield, and Southwest. See http://www.seattle.gov/parks/tlc/.

If you know of any other special childcare programs on May 19, please let us know below in Comments.

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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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Kickoff for ‘Save Seattle’s Apples’ is Sunday at Linden Orchard

April 16th, 2015 by Doree

City Fruit, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Greater Good Granola are joining forces for a campaign to save all the apples from neighborhood trees that go to waste. The kickoff to the “Save Seattle’s Apples” campaign is from 12-3 p.m. Sunday at Linden Orchard Park, North 67th Street and Linden Avenue in Phinney Ridge, near Green Lake.

The Save Seattle’s Apples campaign seeks to build awareness about Seattle’s urban canopy, the proper care and management of apple trees, and provide opportunities for the public to protect apples. Additionally, the project aims to reduce waste that unnecessarily ends up in the compost bin.

The kick-off event will begin with opening remarks about the goals of the campaign. Volunteers will then walk door-to-door in the Phinney neighborhood educating and assisting homeowners in protecting their apple trees from pests. The event will also feature samples from Greater Good Granola, prizes, and opportunities for the public to pledge to reduce waste.

City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate. We help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees.

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