The salmon are beginning their return to Pipers Creek in Carkeek Park. This happens every November when the rains start, assuming there are enough salmon who survived four years in the “great big world” of the Pacific Ocean to be able to return to their home ground and spawn.
On Wednesday, November 30, starting at 10 a.m. the Park naturalist will lead a salmon walk to view the habitat, the creek, and the overall Park. Starting point is the McAbee entrance on NW 100th Place just behind the QFC.
Many of you recall last year’s Heaven and Earth installation at Carkeek Park. The show was a great way to view man-made art in a natural setting. This year’s show: Heaven and Earth III, Cycles of Return will run from July 9th to October 9th 2011. It also includes a satellite installation at Point Shilshole Beach.
Long-time Crown Hill Resident Russ Kurtz passed away on Friday, April 1st, 2011. Russ founded the Crown Hill Vet Clinic on Holman Rd NW at 14th Ave NW. He practiced there until 1986. Russ also served on the Carkeek Park Advisory Council.
The obituary in the Seattle Times can be found here. Russ’ memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 26th at University Unitarian Church at 2 PM.
Looks like we’ve all been invited to Carkeek Park’s Earth Day cleanup and celebration. I went last year and it was a lot of fun:
Join the 31st Annual Carkeek Park Earth Day Celebration
Groups, families and individuals will gather to help clean up Carkeek Park on Saturday, April 16. Activities include storm drain stenciling, and cleaning up litter in and around Carkeek Park. Last year we collected over 1300 lbs of trash and recyclables!
Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Seattle Public Utilities & Neighborhoods Chair, will help kick off the event.
Have you ever driven past the Eddie McAbee entrance to Carkeek Park off of NW 100th Place and wondered who Eddie McAbee is? Perhaps the name sounded familiar: Didn’t a guy named McAbee build a bunch of stuff around here?
Eddie McAbee was in fact the son of F.R. “Dick” McAbee, the prolific builder who, in the mid-1950s, developed and built much of what we see now on lower Crown Hill between Holman Road and NW 100th Place, including what used to be Art’s Plaza, now QFC. The Eddie McAbee park entrance land was originally part of the 105 acres on the east slope of Crown Hill purchased by Dick McAbee in 1945. The duplexes you see at the park entrance are McAbee built.
Dick McAbee was a self-made man. He was $10,000 in debt at the start of the Depression because of an employer who skipped town. It took him ten years, but he paid back every cent. He went on to build a real estate empire and a sterling reputation in the local business community.