“Crown Hill Park”
From the Seattle Parks and Recreation Press Release:
Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams has named two new parks in the Ballard area, and re-named a playfield in West Seattle.
Crown Hill Park
This park, located at Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW, will include ballfield renovations, walkways, entries, open space, areas for play, seating, and plantings. It is located on property recently purchased from the Seattle Public Schools.
Parks originally worked on developing the property into a park through the 2000 Pro Parks Levy, but the project was put on hold in 2006 after Seattle Public Schools declared the Crown Hill School and adjacent land a surplus, and put it up for sale. The City of Seattle purchased the property in March 2009 for $5.4 million. The project is now getting underway again.
This 1.71-acre acquisition fulfills one of Crown Hill’s longstanding community goals in its neighborhood plan. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy development funding of $1.2 million will contribute to completing the design and construction of the park. Construction is projected for spring 2011, with an anticipated completion in the fall of 2011.
For more information on the park development, visit the website at: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/crown_hill/
In the same press release, it was revealed the other new park in Ballard (former site of the Church of Seventh Elect in Spiritual Israel, 7028 9th Ave NW) has been designated “Kirke,” which means “Church” in Norwegian.
This site at 7028 9th Avenue NW 9th Avenue NW in Ballard was purchased with 2000 Pro Parks Levy funds. Now, as a result of the 2008 Parks and Greens Spaces Levy, funding is available to develop this site into a brand new park.
After a public process that included three public meetings, Parks and the community chose a preferred design that includes a community garden at the north end, a sitting wall enclosed space to recall an old building foundation once at the site, an open lawn, a “sledding hill” and a small play area at the south end. There will be a planted buffer along the back edge with a trail for unstructured play.
Construction on the site is scheduled to begin in August 2010, with completion anticipated in spring 2011.
“Kirke” means church in Norwegian. This name pays tribute to both the Norwegian heritage of the neighborhood and the history of the site. This site was home to the Church of Seventh Elect in Spiritual Israel for more than 90 years.
To learn more about the park, visit the website: http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/9_avenue/