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Ballard and Crown Hill Discovery Day at Ballard Commons Park, June 14th, 10 AM

Call-to-Action-Flyer-Walk-With-Us-June-14From our friends at Groundswell Northwest. If you are unable to make this event at Ballard Commons Park, we will be walking the Crown Hill area a bit later please contact dennis@crownhillneighbors.org or (206) 250-0392.

Discovery Day Ballard Commons Park

Walk with Groundswell NW towards Ballard’s future on Saturday, June 14th in Ballard Commons Park at 10 AM. Join friends and neighbors for an inspirational urban adventure to consider the future of open space and discover other place making ideas in Ballard.IMG 0890-002

In an effort to build upon the 1996 Open Space Plan, Groundswell NW volunteers will inventory the existing assets and potential new assets for additional parks and open space in Ballard. Walking groups will be organized by neighborhood. Meet and work with your Neighborhood Open Space Captain and walk together to tell us what you think about open space.

You can use this flyer to pass the word along to friends and neighbors. We hope to see you there!

More information about the Ballard Open Space Plan is at our sister website.

Location: Ballard Commons Park, 5501 22nd Ave NW, Seattle
Contact: David Folweiler, david@folweiler.com

Open Space Plan

Groundswell Northwest has received a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Matching Fund grant to inventory open space in Ballard, and that includes Crown Hill. Are there open space, park, natural areas in Crown Hill, Blue Ridge, Olympic Manor, North Beach that you would like to see established, or improved?

There will be lots of opportunity for public input. The first opportunity is the open house, Thursday, May 29th at the Ballard Library at 6 PM.

This evening, we will be holding an open house to help shape the future of open space in the Ballard District.  Please join us on Thursday, May 29th at 6 PM at the Ballard Library.  The open house will run until 7:30 PM.

Funded by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Groundswell NW is assessing our community’s open space current capacity and future open space needs.  The Ballard Open Space Plan is a community-driven initiative that will improve livability in the Ballard and Crown Hill areas through fostering an open dialogue about public open space. We’re updating the 1996 inventory, which led to the creation of parks like Thyme Patch Park, Kirke Park, Ballard Commons Park, and Ballard Corners Park. 

At tonight’s open house, we’ll share the goals of the Ballard Open Space Plan, take input on your ideas for open space in individual neighborhoods within the greater Ballard community, and explain how you can get involved. 

We’re recruiting people for our Discovery Day on June 14th, where volunteers will hit the pavement throughout Ballard using smartphones and/or maps to identify opportunities for new parks and public spaces. Open space includes parks, trails, rights-of-way, public art, natural areas, spaces for events and festivals, and other green infrastructure . 

We look forward to hearing what open space means to you!

http://ballardopenspaceplan.org/

 

Summer Work Parties at Crown Hill Glen

Join your neighbors and help keep up Crown Hill Glen this summer. Parties are scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following Saturdays. Just show up ready to work!

  • Saturday, June 30
  • Saturday, July 28 (stop by during the Crown Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale to help out or check out the park and enjoy some lemonade!)
  • Saturday, August 25

Park volunteers need assistance with trimming overgrown greenery, spreading mulch and pulling weeds and blackberries.

The park is located at NW 89th Street and 19th Avenue NW.

Salmon Return to Carkeek Park

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.

Crown Hill Natural Area gets TLC

It was a wonderful convergence of a beautiful day and a hearty group of volunteers at the Crown Hill Natural Area on December 4.  Fourteen members of the UW National Honor Society came out to refurbish the ADA walkway, clear the trails of debris, cutwork party volunteers from UW back overgrown shrubs, and pick up litter in the natural area at the end of 19th Avenue NW at NW 89th Street.  Joyce Ford and Nancy Gruber have been the stalwart neighbors leading periodic work parties to take care of this little haven for birds, wildlife, and people enjoying a moment with nature.

Joyce Ford
Joyce Ford, one of the primary leaders in caring for this area.

The Crown Hill Natural Area was acquired by Seattle Parks in 1998. For a bit of history of this former Victory Garden, read this article from the Ballard News-Tribune of March 18, 1998.

Crown Hill Park, Skatedot Design Input Opportunity, Aug 2nd, 2010

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
6-8 PM
Crown Hill Center
9250 14th Ave NW

For more information or questions, contact:

Kim Baldwin
Seattle Parks and Recreation
(206) 615-0810
kim.baldwin@seattle.gov

For more information on the new Crown Hill Park, please see: http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/crown_hill

And the Name of the New Park on Crown Hill is ….

“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.

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From Legends to Lights: The Story of Olympic Golf Club

By Heidi Madden

On the crisp, clear afternoon of December 7, 1924, ships passing through Puget Sound on their way to Elliott Bay were treated to a surprise:  On a ridge high above the Sound, just north of Seattle, a new 600-square-foot American flag had been hoisted.  The impressive symbol, meant to be the “first sight of Seattle” for ships bound for Elliott Bay, marked the official opening of the new Olympic Golf and County Club.

Olympic Golf Course 1925
Golfers at Olympic Golf Course circa 1925 (click to enlarge) -- PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection, MOHAI

Golf Club Manager Douglas McLeod McMillin and Club President William M. Bolcom had the honor of hoisting the flag for the first time to the top of its 118-foot pole next to the new club house located at about 20th Ave. NW and NW 89th Street.  The flag’s inauguration took place in front of about a hundred spectators, many of whom were visiting the new golf course for the first time.

Work on the new course began in May of 1924 on the picturesque site.  Architect Francis James actively oversaw the work, and while Bolcom was publicly dedicated to opening the course to golfers in late fall, James was less convinced that the deadline could be met.  But in late October of 1924, the new course was unofficially opened to the public – ahead of schedule.

The 18-hole course, at the time just north of the Seattle city limits, was an L-shaped property that stretched east to west from 15th Ave. NW to 24th Ave. NW.  Its longest north-to-south line was on its west side, where it stretched from NW 95th Street to NW 85th Street.

Olympic Golf Course circa 1936
Olympic Golf Course circa 1936 (click to enlarge)

Bing’s Favorite Swing

The course was designed to challenge seasoned golfers, and it attracted many legends and pioneers of the sport:  Tommy Armour, aka “The Silver Scot,” winner of the 1927 U.S. Open and the 1931 British Open; Macdonald “Mac” Smith, whose full-swing technique Bing Crosby admired; Johnny Farrell, winner of the 1928 U.S. Open; and Horton Smith, who in 1934 was the first winner of the new Augusta National Invitation Tournament, later named The Masters Tournament.

Perhaps the club’s most notable visitor was the charismatic and impeccably dressed Walter “The Haig” Hagen, five-time PGA Championship winner who, in 1922, was the first native-born American to win the British open.  But more important to some local fans, in 1929 Hagen broke the Olympic Golf Club mark by scoring a 68 while paired with Horton Smith in an exhibition match against the club professional and an ace amateur.

Guns and Roses

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Crown Hill Park Meeting Wrap-up

Crown Hill Park Meeting

On April 28th, 2010, more than 50 community members gathered in room 4 of the Crown Hill Center (formerly Crown Hill Elementary School) to hear about, see and provide community input on the latest plans for the soon to be Crown Hill Park. Kim Baldwin, Pamela Alspaugh, and Shwu-Jen Hwang of the Seattle Parks and Recreation Dept presented the latest version of the schematic for the new park. Lynn Wirta (former director of Small Faces) presented the latest version of the schematic for the playground which will be on the adjoining Crown Hill Project/Small Faces property.

April 2010 Schematic Park Plan
April 2010 Schematic Park Plan (click to view full size)

The last schematic (developed in 2006) was out of date, and needed to be updated to reflect the change in ownership of the park and school land. When the plan was last looked at, the future park land and buildings were owned by the Seattle School District. Subsequently, the School District surplussed the property and the Crown Hill Project acquired the building(s) and associated land on the northern portion, while the city acquired the actual park land on the southern portion.  In the map below, the park property is shown in green while the Crown Hill Project property is shown in red and blue. Additionally, the project has suffered delays due to the temporary relocation of SFD Fire Station #35 to the southernmost portion of the property. The fire station will be relocating to its newly revamped headquarters in late summer or early fall, clearing the way for the development of the new park.

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Campaign to Save Ballard and Loyal Heights Community Centers

We received an appeal from Mindy Terence of the Loyal Heights Block Watch. The appeal concerns the impending possible closure of one of the two Ballard Community Centers due to the looming Seattle Parks and Recreation budget crisis.  Mindy has created an online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/bcclhcc/petition.html Please read, and if you agree, consider signing the petition. More extensive coverage of the budget crisis and links to other articles is available on the Crown Hill Neighbors website at http://crownhillneighbors.org/wp/2010/04/seattle-parks-recreation-budget-crisis/

Seattle Parks & Recreation Budget Crisis

Seattle Parks and Recreation Dept is facing a budget crisis. There is a $2.5 million shortfall this year, and this may force a closure of one or both of Ballard’s Neighborhood Community Centers (Loyal Heights Community Center at 2101 NW 77th, or Ballard Community Center at 6020 28th Ave NW).

In part this may be due to the opportunities for new and improved parks afforded by the two Parks Levy funds approved by voters. Establishing new parks adds to the base of parks the department must maintain, but adds no funds to maintain them once built.  The current city budget situation aggravates the situation by cutting the budget to service and maintain all parks city-wide.

The City is holding budget hearings to solicit public input on the whole city budget:

2011 Budget Public Hearings
Wednesday, April 28, 2010  AND  Tuesday May 4, 2010:

Wednesday, April 28 at New Holly Gathering Hall
7504 32 Ave South, Seattle, 98108
5  PM Sign-in
5:30 PM Public Hearing

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 North Seattle Community College Cafeteria
9600 College Way North, Seattle, 98103
5 PM Sign-in
5:30 PM Public Hearing

In Tim Gallagher’s resignation letter as the Director of Parks and Recreation,  he states:

Voter approval of several recent levys shows  the tremendous public support for parks and recreation, unfortunately operation and maintenance resources have not been provided to the department to match the public’s request.  The result is a park and recreation system that is now unsustainable and in jeopardy of collapse.

NPR’s Gary Davis interviewed Tim Gallagher this morning (April 28) and you can hear or read a transcript of  the interview here.

More information on the community centers is available in the MyBallard article, and the King 5 article The Seattle Times article covers Gallagher’s resignation and the budget crisis.

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Our New Crown Hill Park Needs a Name….

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 paula.hoff@seattle.gov.

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.

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Crown Hill Park Public Input Meeting

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.

Crown Hill Park Schematic
Crown Hill Park Schematic, Click to enlarge

Earth Day 2010 in Crown Hill

Crown Hill neighbors are urged to join the Earth Day event on April 17 in our neighborhood. Carkeek Park is setting up teams that will fan out on our streets surrounding the park and do three things: (1) stencil on storm drains the caution about dumping waste, (2) distribute one-page flyers to homes regarding pet waste, and (3) pick up trash along roadways and in public spaces.

What’s up with stenciling drains? There are over 100 storm drains in the Piper’s Creek watershed that send stormwater through the Park and into Puget Sound. Runoff from roads and gutters contributes lots of gunk to Puget Sound every year. Studies show that marking storm drains with the message “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream” doubles community awareness.

Come to the Park’s Environmental Education Center at 8:30 a.m. to get matched up with a 3-5 person team, pick up supplies, and get your assignment of streets to cover. Just a few hours of work, then an Earth Day celebration with pizza at noon.  Bring work gloves and remember to dress for all sorts of weather.

It is helpful if you register in advance by calling 386-9154 to help Park staff figure appropriate numbers of stencils, trash bags, etc.