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Crown Hill Center Playground Survey

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!

The Big Dig: Asphalt Missing from Small Faces Playground

Missing Pavement
Missing Pavement: Scene of the Crime

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

It has been recently reported that asphalt pavement has been removed from the playground area at Small Faces (on the east side of the building). Some neighbors reported the perpetrators were operating “a trencher or maybe a backhoe and a dump truck.”

Seizing the moment, retired Small Faces director, Lynn Wirta indicated the now missing pavement fits perfectly with the Crown Hill Center’s plans to renovate the playground. Wirta indicates volunteers are needed to help filling in the hole and proceeding with the playground 2.0 renovation plans. If you are available on Saturday, July 10, please contact Small Faces (206) 782-2611 or johnny@smallfaces.org. Food, tools and  child care provided.  No experience necessary!

The pavement removal and hole creation were accomplished with generously donated labor. ;)

Crown Hill Center Playground Update

We’ve just received this from Lynn Wirta about the Crown Hill Center Playground version 2.0. You can view the plans presented at the April 28th meeting here. This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and community members interested in helping out with this community resource.

The Committee is looking for large landscape rocks-2 yard size to expand the existing rockery on the playground.  If you have any or know of someone who is getting rid of large rocks, please let Johnny know at johnny@smallfaces.org.  We are also looking for large driftwood to create a beach environment in the sand area.

Tentative date for the playscape install is the weekend of July 10 and 11.  We’ll need at least 25 volunteers that weekend so please mark your calendar for helping out.  The $17,000 grant we received from the City is a matching system.  All volunteer hours will contribute to making the $17K match. Lunch and childcare will be provided.

The new space is getting closer and closer to reality!  We are delighted to have Tom Grover, President of Kompan Play Equipment living in our neighborhood.  He plans to attend our next meeting on June 10th to lend his expertize along with his local consultant and child development specialist.

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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New Playground Plans for Small Faces

Lynn Wirta unveils the new playground plans
Lynn Wirta unveils the new playground plans

At the recent Seattle Parks and Recreation Dept. community meeting to present the proposed plan for the new (as yet unnamed) Crown Hill park, Lynn Wirta presented the conceptual drawings for the new Small Faces playground. Lynn is the recently retired director of Small Faces, and she now serves as a volunteer on the playground renovation project.  Small Faces recently received a Small and Simple Grant from Seattle for $17000 to update the playground. The working group has been meeting on alternate Thursdays for a number of months now, and recently asked for community input in the form of a survey. Community input and especially volunteers are always welcome — contact Small Faces (206.782.2611) or simply come to one of the meetings.

Below are closer views of the actual proposed plan the first is visionary and the second is bare-bones:

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Poll: Crown Hill Community Center Playground

The Crown Hill Community Center recently received a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant for $17000 to work on upgrading the play ground at the Crown Hill Center.

We received an appeal from Johnny Otto, Director of Small Faces Child Development Center for community input in the form of an online survey. Please take a few minutes  to complete the survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DV2HHF9). Your input is important to ensure the needs of the community are met. The play ground area is marked in red, and the park area is marked in green on the map below.


View Crown Hill Center Playground in a larger map

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Small Faces Fences

Lynn Wirta, Small Faces Emeritus Executive Director, has asked for community input and assistance in designing the play field fences east of the school building.

Small Faces is slowly moving towards renovating the playground, (including the fence issue) now that the building has been secured.  We have several draft drawings that are a result of children, family, staff and neighborhood input. Now we need someone to take the ideas and create a formal picture that can be used for marketing our plan.  Are there any neighbors who might have the architectual skills we need who would be interested in helping?

The fence model we like is patterned after the one at the Phinney Neighborhood Association.  It has planters as the safety barrier and will include a people gate and a vehicle gate for access to the future City Park.  See the attached pictures.

What do you think?
Lynn

Phinney Fence 1
Phinney Fence 1
Phinney Fence 2
Phinney Fence 2

Interested in contributing ideas or skills to this project, contact Small Faces at smallfaces@smallfaces.org or John Otto (the new executive director) at johnny@smallfaces.org or phone at (206) 782-2611.

Small Faces Playground Structure Dedication, 35th Anniversary!

Small Faces Child Development Center will be dedicating their new playground structure and celebrating their 35th Anniversary on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Small Faces recently received a Seattle Dept of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Grant to procure and install a new play structure on the playground. With the help of Small Faces Parents, Staff and Community Volunteers who generously donated their time, the play structure is now a reality. This event will be held immediately after the Crown Hill Landmark Tree Walk, so no hard choices to make. Come for the tree walk, and stay for the celebration.

Small Faces Child Development Center is celebrating its 35th year as a Seattle non-profit with a BBQ Potluck We’re inviting any and all alumni and current families to join us for the joyous event.  Come share memories and enjoy musical entertainment and activities for kids.  We’ll be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, debuting our new school age play structure and creating a mural for the south entrance of the building!

When: Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 11:00 (we’ll be eating at noon)
Where: Small Faces playground
Price of admission: You choose!  We are asking for a donation of any amount to the center for playground and building improvements and a potluck dish to share.

Call Small Faces office for tickets (206) 782-2611