Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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Thank you Seattle! This acquisition is complete.
Seattle Parks acquired a .48 property at 4441 Brygger Dr W, shown in the photo below in August 2005. The acquisition is a beautiful site on the edge of the ravine at the confluence of the east and west forks of Wolfe Creek.
Heron Habitat Helpers and other volunteers are restoring the property with native plants in keeping with the Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park Management and Monitoring Plan.
Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park is one block east of Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood. This park was named the city's first Wildlife Sanctuary in 2010. It is home to Seattle‘s largest nesting colony of Great Blue Herons. The herons make their nests there from February through July or August each year; volunteers counted approximately 90 nests in 2011.
In 1993, the City adopted the Greenspace Policy to encourage the preservation of green spaces in Seattle. The policy included maps for more than 30 greenspaces. The policy aimed to preserve natural landscape and habitat; provide natural buffers between land uses; mitigate noise and air pollution; reduce need for constructed storm water systems; and preserve natural drainage. Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park was one of the green spaces mapped in the policy.
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Heron Habitat Helpers, Friends of Discovery Park, and other citizen groups, including Washington Native Plant Society, volunteer to preserve and restore Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park. Their activities have included a major "Ivy-Out" effort.
On November 12, 2002, the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee included Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park among the greenspaces to be further considered for acquisition through the Pro Parks Levy Green Spaces category.
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