Our Annual Meeting is May 19th at 10 AM, and we’re going to keep it short so we can all mosey on out the doors at Crown Hill Center to check out the long awaited, newly minted Crown Hill Park! Plans are afoot for a barbecue, special entertainment, tricycle parade and more. We’ll have on sale our fabulous Crown Hill t-shirts so you can show some pride around town. Much, much more. Stay tuned!
Crown Hill Neighbors Annual Meeting 10 AM (Room 5 Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW):
updates on a few projects around the neighborhood
Sidewalk on 90th between 13th and 14th (done!)
Sidewalk / pathway on 13th between 90th and Holman
Proposed improvement to the pathway between 89th and 90th at 17th/18th
Proposed improvements to the 8th and 100th intersection.
Board elections — we have to do this, all members are eligible to vote. Not a member yet or need to renew? No problem. We can take care of that too!
Crown Hill Park Dedication/Grand Opening 11 AM-1 PM
The fences have come down! (some of them anyway)
The play equipment will be available for inspection and “testing”
Tricycle/Bicycle parade (bring your own wheels for this)
Crown Hill was featured in an article in the Seattle Times, December 18th, 2012. West Crown Hill residents Maggie Skinner (a board member of Crown Hill Neighbors) and Jon Bez were interviewed about why they moved to Crown Hill. Catherine Weatbrook detailed the establishment of Crown Hill Center and the effort to acquire the property from the Seattle School District for the Center and the new Crown Hill Park. And Evelyn MacDonald (a 50-year resident) talked about her time in the neighborhood and teaching second grade at Crown Hill School. Read the whole article here.
Here are a few pictures taken on August 24th of some of the work proceeding on the future Crown Hill Park. The circular walkway on the North end of the park is being worked on this week, and all of the asphalt is now gone along with the sod. A number of you have asked if the turf for the fields will be natural or artificial. Without getting into the pros and cons of turf types, the plans call for natural grass.
On Wednesday, August 10th construction began on the soon to be Crown Hill Park. The Paul Brothers of Oregon were awarded the construction contract for the park a few weeks ago. On Wednesday children at Small Faces decorated the fences with ribbons so the workers “would have something pretty to look at while they worked.”
Our new park will include a renovated ball field, open lawn areas, a skate dot, a pathway and much improved landscaping. The two large sycamores, south of the old ball field will be retained. Small Faces and the community began work to secure the historic Crown Hill School Site for community use many years ago. Seattle Parks held community meetings in 2005, 2007, and 2010. Crown Hill Neighbors was formed in 2007 to act as a community voice in this effort. Initially it was thought the School District would enter into a long-term lease (50-year) with Small Faces, and Seattle Parks and Recreation would construct the park on the leased land while Small Faces operated the old school building. An opportunity presented itself one year later when the School District decided to surplus the school and land. Seattle Parks purchased the land for the park using the Opportunity Fund from the Parks & Green Space Levy, and Small Faces purchased the building to become the future Crown Hill Center.
Preliminary work has begun on the future Crown Hill Park! Seattle Public Utilities has begun to install the water service for our new park. Workers were spotted this morning (April 11th) on 14th Ave NW, near the South end of the Crown Hill Center making a street cut and excavation. Pipes, gaskets, flanges were then handed down into the hole by SPU workers as onlookers (and their dogs) exchanged greetings, and arranged for a dog adoption (of a really cute 15 week old puppy). Thanks to Catherine Weatbrook for the photographs.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking your voice on the design of the “Skatedot” at the newly christened Crown Hill Park. The skatedot is a 1500 sq. ft. feature to be located near the Southeast corner of the park. The skatedot will provide a much needed place for beginning to intermediate skateboarders to hone their skills. During the April 28th meeting, the skate feature was discussed in general terms, but specific details were deferred to a later time.
Please come and participate! No need to be a skateboarder or a parent of a skateboarder. This meeting is open to all. Pillar Design Studios, a nationally known skate park design firm, will be be leading this workshop.
Monday, August 2nd
Crown Hill Center
9250 14th Ave NW
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.
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.
We received the following press release from Seattle Parks and Recreation about naming 3 new parks in Seattle. One of the parks is our new Crown Hill Park. They are actively seeking submissions of names from the community now until June 2nd, 2010. Please submit suggestions for park names in writing by June 2, 2010, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send suggestions to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Park Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Guidelines for park names:
Park names can be based on geographic locations, historic or cultural significance, and natural or geological features.
A park may be named after a person deceased for a minimum of three years who made a significant contribution to parks and/or recreation.
SEATTLE PARKS SEEKS NAMES FOR THREE PARKS
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to submit potential names for parks in the Ballard and West Seattle neighborhoods. Suggestions for names are due to the Park Naming Committee by Wednesday, June 2.
The future Crown Hill Park is nearly here! The temporary Fire Station #35 will be moving back into the new quarters later this year. And that clears the way to move forward on the Crown Hill Park. The park is to be located on the southern portion of the former Crown Hill Elementary School site. Seattle Parks and Recreation worked with the community a few years ago to develop a plan for the site. Since that time, the land for the park was acquired, the Crown Hill Project acquired the school building, and there was money allocated in the recently voted on parks levy for development. It is now time to review the former plans with respect to a revised park footprint, and site conditions. Seattle Parks and Recreation is convening this public meeting to define a preferred schematic plan based on the formerly developed plans and current site conditions. This is your chance to see what is in store and provide input. More information on the project (including links to the complete PDF for the schematic below) is available from the Parks department website at: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/crown_hill/
Crown Hill Park public meeting, Wednesday, April 28th, 6:30-8:00 PM, Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW.