Spring is on the way! Are you starting to get in the mood to grow some food? If you are ready to try out a veggie garden for the first time or improve your gardening skillset, join us for “Jump into Vegetable Gardening!” on Saturday, March 21 from 10am – noon, hosted by City Grown Seattle, Crown Hill Neighbors and Crown Hill Center.
So whether you’re just starting, looking for new ideas, or have questions about what grows well in Seattle… this class is for you!
The location is Crown Hill Center, home to one of the City Grown Seattle veggie plots. The address is:
Crown Hill Center
9250 14th Ave NW (just North of Holman Rd on 14th)
This will include a classroom portion and some hands-on planting
We will cover a variety of basic topics to get you successfully producing veggies this season
We will be happy to answer your specific questions to the best of our ability!
Coffee and treats provided!
Veggie starts for sale
$5 to $10 suggested donation
RSVP requested but not required, to email@example.com
On Saturday, May 14th, a group of 10 volunteers working under the direction of Catherine Weatbrook spent several hours working on the grounds of and inside the Crown Hill Center. Catherine reports substantial progress on the following projects:
Playground landscape improvements
Spreading wood chips around the oak tree at 13th and 95th. This project effort is ongoing and was started by Doug Gresham and several other volunteers.
Back-filling behind the repaired brick wall on the side of the property facing 14th Ave NW
Assembling the new cabinetry for use inside the building to address earthquake safety concerns
Thanks to all the volunteers for their efforts. If you are interesting in volunteering on the next volunteer party, please contact Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Ballard District Council meeting on May 11th, a grant to repair the roof of the south wing of the future Crown Hill Center received an excellent rating. This means the grant will move forward to the next round, a city-wide review of all large project neighborhood matching grant applications for this year. The Department of Neighborhoods administers the Large Project Fund for awards up to $100,000 to foster community members in projects which build community involvement in large projects.
The Crown Hill Center was purchased from the Seattle School District two years ago as the result of a community supported effort to acquire the former Crown Hill School, creating the Crown Hill Center and the soon to be Crown Hill Park. The roof project is one of the most critical at the Center, and will prevent deterioration of other elements of the building. Although this project is called the ‘roof project,’ it actually includes many additional elements:
Gardening, digging, planning including the rain garden for the west side to address drainage issues
Creating signage for the building
Building a fence between the playground and the new park
Restoring the south lobby
Turning the nook outside of the south lobby into an active space to compliment the park
Arts Festival activities (all aspects of)
Catherine Weatbrook recently appealed for pledges of community support for this project. Thanks for all the offers, and we look forward to completing the project with your help. The actual roof work will be done by a contractor rather than volunteers, so no worries about climbing up there and toiling in the hot sun with roofing tar!
Recently Small Faces completed work on a grant to install a new play structure in the playground area. This is Phase 1 of a plan to revitalize the playground area. The playground and new structure are open to the public when Small Faces is not using them. Crown Hill Center/Small Faces are asking folk to complete a survey to be sure that the new Crown Hill Center Playground reflects the interests and needs of the Crown Hill Community at large. Please take a few moments to answer the four question survey here. Thanks!