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Thank you Seattle for making this acquisition possible.
In early 2007, Seattle Parks acquired the property at 17th Ave NW and NW 62nd St with Pro Parks Levy and County CFT funds. This property is adjacent to the property purchased on March 17, 2003 at the southwest corner of 17th Ave NW and NW 63rd St. for a new neighborhood park. Together these pieces will add valuable green space to the Ballard neighborhood.
The home on the site became a project in a case study supported by Seattle Public Utilities and Washington State Department of Ecology with the aim of evaluating the cost-effectiveness and waste diversion potential of different salvage approaches. Seattle Conservation Corps conducted the deconstruction. Utilizing mechanized deconstruction methods, 15 – 20 tons of materials were diverted from the landfill and the Seattle Conservation Corps received valuable training.
On July 29, 2002 Seattle City Council unanimously approved Pro Parks Levy
Opportunity Fund funding to acquire
up to three sites for new neighborhood
parks in underserved areas of Ballard.
|In the photograph to the right, Ballard citizen Jim Jensen
describes the Ballard Open Space nomination to members of the Pro Parks
Levy Oversight Committee.
This project would acquire up to three sites for new parks or park expansion in the Ballard/Crown Hill neighborhood. In March 2003, a property was acquired at 17th NW and NW 63rd. Additional properties are being researched for potential acquisition.
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In June 2003, the community hosted a celebration at the newly acquired park property at 17th and NW 63rd. In October 2002, Parks and Recreation held a public meeting about the site.
Citizens nominated a slate of properties for the Ballard Open Space project in the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, drawing from a Ballard/Crown Hill Open Space Inventory and Action Plan.
Several years ago, Groundswell NW initiated an outreach project that opened a community dialogue on parks and open space and recruited neighbors to walk and map the entire district. Over 200 opportunities for acquiring and/or enhancing open space and parks were identified. A series of public forums then established community priorities for open space development and acquisition.
The Ballard neighborhood plan was also a source for the nominated properties.
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