Tag Archives: Volunteers

Help save the street trees from Ivy, the sequel, Nov 16, 2013

HolmanKP-16NovHelp save nearly 200 trees from an ivy infestation! Join us from 10 am to 1 pm on Nov 9th. Help Crown Hill Business Association and our neighbors, as well as a safety and technical team from SDOT to save our street trees along Holman road.  There will be a partial road closure of the curbside southbound lane for worker safety.  SDOT staff will be working alongside us! Many tools and gloves provided.  Bring shovels and loppers and if you prefer your work gloves, bring those too.   Meet behind the Key Bank on Holman Rd. Work will proceed from 7th Ave NW toward 13th Ave NW.

There will be food and beverages. Come for as long as you can.  Let’s get this project started!

Date: Saturday, November 16th 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: 7th Ave NW and Holman Rd (behind the Key Bank)

North Beach Park Work Party, Aug 27th, 2011

Join neighbors and friends the 4th Saturday of every month as we remove invasive plants from the North Beach Park and Nature Area, at 24th Ave. NW and NW 90th St. We meet at 9 am at the entrance to the park; the next work party is August 27th. Bring water, sturdy shoes, and clothes you’re willing to get dirty. We’ll provide gloves and tools.

North Beach Park is a small ravine park kitty corner from North Beach Elementary. Although there is a serious problem with invasives, the canopy and understory still have a diversity of native species, from Western Red Cedar and Big Leaf Maple down to Pacific Waterleaf. The park is also home to mountain beavers and numerous birds. Removing invasive plants increases the beauty and improves habitat and health of the park.

For further information, please contact North Beach Park forest steward Luke McGuff at 206-715-9135 or lukemcguff@yahoo.com.

Crown Hill Center Update and Work Party

We received the following good news update on the Crown Hill Center from Catherine Weatbrook:

This past spring, the Crown Hill team has been hard at work on a number of improvements to the Crown Hill Center building and grounds.  In that effort, we submitted a Department of Neighborhoods Large Project Fund to go towards replacing about 1/2 of the old roof surface.  We are pleased to announce that the Ballard as well as City Wide Review teams have recommended this project for the maximum grant amount of $100,000!   Thank you!   The recommendation still must be approved by the Seattle City Council and the Mayor.  We are hopeful that history will repeat itself and the review team recommendations will be approved as submitted.

We are moving forward with several of the projects involved in the matching for this grant.  The first work party, is Saturday, June 18th from 10-2.  Stop by for an hour or four and help out.  Rain or shine, we’ll be tackling projects that make the building a better community space.  Weeding, clearing, grading, cleaning, scrubbing, picking up trash, organizing, and maybe even some painting.

For more information, please contact Catherine.Weatbrook@gmail.com 206 372 2033

Volunteers at Work at Crown Hill Center

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 catherine.weatbrook@gmail.com

Crown Hill Center Volunteers Needed

Summary: The Crown Hill Center needs as many people as possible between now and April 11 at noon to pledge volunteer hours over the next year.  This is for funds matching  towards replacing the west wing roof.  Even an hour is a huge help because in part of the scoring for this grant is the number of volunteers we engage.   Please email your name, an email address, number of hours pledged for the next year, and any particular task with which you’d like to help to Catherine.Weatbrook@gmail.com

Besides pledging hours, please forward this to your groups and members and friends.   Thank you for your pledges and helping quickly spread the word!

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Earth Day Volunteers Needed for Carkeek Park, 2011

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

Earth DayGroups, 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.

Where: Meet at the Carkeek Environmental Learning Center at 950 NW Carkeek Park Road.

When: Saturday, April 16, 8:30 am – noon

Registration Required: 206-363-4116

Help us beat last year’s accomplishments!

  • 90 participants
  • 60 storm drains stenciled
  • 903 lbs of trash collected, 314 lbs of recycling collected


Best regards,

Michael May


Michael May
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Seattle Public Utilities
(p) 206.684.8056
(c) 206.255.8544
(f) 206.684.3811


Tree Ambassadors Needed

The City of Seattle is looking for people to volunteer as tree ambassadors to help with protecting and growing our urban forest.

The Tree Ambassador program empowers residents to become stewards of the urban forest and serve as resources for their local community. Tree Ambassadors will be trained in the basics of urban forestry, leadership and community organizing. Tree Ambassadors will work in teams of 2-3 people to develop neighborhood projects such as tree walks, invasive species removal workdays, and/or tree plantings.

Check it out here. Crown Hill Neighbors recently received a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant to develop a tree walk and study some of the benefits of the urban forest in Crown Hill. We hosted Arthur Lee Jacobson on a very well attended and received walk through a small portion of our survey area. If you attended our walk or are interested please consider volunteering.

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting, April 6th, 2011, BHS

Mayor Mike McGinn will be convening a Town Hall Meeting at Ballard High School. This is part of a series of three town hall meetings held in different areas of the City. The Mayor, City Departments and local community groups will be on hand to answer questions and hear what’s on your mind.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, 5:30-8:00 PM
Ballard High School — Commons
1418 NW 65th St

  • 5:30-6:30:  Meet and Greet: City Departments and local volunteer organizations have info tables, answer questions and offer volunteer opportunities
  • 6:30-6:40:  Performance by youth performers
  • 6:40-8:00:  Open question and answer session with the Mayor and City staff

Crown Hill Spring Cleanup, April 30th, 2011

Spring Clean 2011

Volunteers are needed! Lets give the main drag through the neighborhood a spring spruce up. Show you care about our neighborhood. The Crown Hill Business Association and the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association are teaming up to do a general cleanup along 15th Ave NW and Holman Road. Meet at the Petco parking lot at 9 AM. Be prepared to pick up litter, paint out graffiti, tidy up vegetation working alongside your neighborhood businesses and neighbors.


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.

The Big Dig: Asphalt Missing from Small Faces Playground

Missing Pavement
Missing Pavement: Scene of the Crime


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. ;)

Summer Tree Fruit Tree Pruning Class

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“City Fruit works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners grow healthy fruit, to harvest and use what they can, and to share what they don’t need. City Fruit collaborates with others involved in local food production, climate protection, horticulture, food security and community-building to protect and optimize urban fruit trees.” They have developed a mapping application to show the location of fruit trees within Seattle. If you would like to add your fruit trees to the map, or become a member of City Fruit, or volunteer to help, please visit their web site at http://cityfruit.org

City Fruit will be hosting two Summer Fruit Tree pruning classes in Seattle this summer. These are hands on classes taught by some of the most experienced teachers in the area. To register: click on the link of the class you want to attend (These link to the class registration at  Brown Paper Tickets). You can also send a check, with the name of the class and your contact information to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118.   Cost is $15 for City Fruit members, $20 for non-members.  After registering, you will receive confirmation and the address of the class.   If you can’t afford a class but really want to learn, email us at info@cityfruit.org.

July 17  Summer Pruning, North Seattle. 10:30  am – noon.  Summer pruning discourages excessive new growth and “can be used to slow down overly vigorous trees or trees that are too large” (P. Vossen).   It is most effective between June and late September.  Learn the proper techniques at this workshop located in a heritage urban orchard.    Ingela Wanerstrand is the owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible garden design and coaching.  She has been pruning fruit trees professionally for 14 years and leads the urban agriculture guild of Sustainable Ballard.

Comments on Ingela’s last class: “I wish I had taken this class 10 years ago.  It was the best two hours I’ve spent learning about pruning ever.”

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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.