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Kubota Garden
Pro Parks Project Information

9817 55th Avenue South

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A community event was held to celebrate the new improvements at Kubota Garden on Saturday, April 16, 2005.

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Andy Sheffer
800 Maynard Avenue South, 3rd floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336

Thank you, Seattle.
The Kubota Garden Improvement Project is Complete!

9817 55th Avenue South
$1.031 million
Planning: 2002-2003
Design: 2003-2004
Construction: 2004
Completion: 2004


Proposed improvements are intended to support a regional facility concept and maintain the naturalistic spirit of the garden. the garden, like its maker, is a hybrid of two countries, its roots are Japanese, but it has a free and spontaneous spirit inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
- Kubota Foundation newsletter spring 91 & winter 92

The Kubota Garden Improvement Project is part of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and responds to Parks Plan 2000. $1,031,000 is identified in the Pro Parks Levy for improvements. Using the Master Plan, approved by Seattle City Council on April 25, 1994 as the foundation and guide, Parks has worked with the community and the Kubota Garden Foundation to develop a Design and Implementation Plan to guide the improvements at Kubota Garden. The Design and Implementation Plan addresses a wide range of issues including drainage and irrigation, circulation and ADA accessibility, a new entry experience, along with maintenance and infrastructure improvements. This Plan will serve as the basis for further design of physical improvements that will be implemented as budget allows. The Design and Implementation Plan will include an identification of specific physical improvements, construction estimates for the projects and a recommended priority and timeline for implementing the improvements.

Project emphasis has been to:
  • enhance visitor experience,
  • preserve the historical perspective,
  • provide maintenance and infrastructure improvements.
  1. ADA Main Loop Improvements Three new path segments will be constructed providing continuous ADA access from Renton Avenue to the Entry Court, through the new wall and gate, around the irrigation pond and down into the Core Garden. The three segments are:
    • Main Path from Renton Avenue to the Entry Court An ADA accessible path will be graded from the street elevation at Renton Avenue along the Entry Drive, arriving at the Entry Courtyard. A rockery wall will be built to support grade changes and planting areas. All landscaped areas will have irrigation systems installed and soils prepared for planting.
    • Irrigation Pond Path An ADA accessible path will wind south and west of the irrigation pond path, connecting from entrance to the loop pathway leading to the core garden. Fill will be imported to achieve the correct grading. A French drain and rockery wall will be installed along the southern rim of the pathway around the irrigation pond. All landscaped areas will have irrigation systems installed and soils prepared for planting. A footbridge will be constructed allowing the path to cross over the irrigation ponds outfall to the west.
    • Path revision NW of irrigation pond An ADA accessible path will wind visitors from the irrigation pond, down the slope into the Core Garden. All landscaped areas will have irrigation systems installed and soils prepared for planting.
  2. Entry Experience In keeping with the gardens history of being a place where patrons could drive through the garden, viewing the splendor, or selecting plant groupings to have placed in private gardens, the entry experience takes the visitor through a short entry drive, with landscaped plantings on either side of the roadway. A new entry court will great the visitor with stone-pavers, a drop-off area, plaza, seating benches, kiosk, drinking fountain and bus pullout. A landscaped court will surround the waiting area and lead up to the new wall and ornamental gate. All landscaped areas will have irrigation systems installed and soils prepared for planting.
  3. Perimeter Maintenance Road A section of maintenance road along the western edge of the garden will be constructed connecting the upper and lower road sections completing a perimeter road for staff vehicles.
  4. Restroom Two deluxe, spacious, ADA accessible, port-O-potties, with bamboo screens will placed near the maintenance facility, west of the ornamental gate for visitor and staff use.
  5. Site Water The irrigation system will be expanded in order to supply the Entry Court area and Pond area.
  6. Site Electrical Power will be routed to the plaza area and to the upper terrace in the southern portion of the garden.
  7. Visitor Parking Lot A phased expansion plan has been developed to accommodate future parking demands if a cultural/visitor center is constructed. Parking improvements that will be implemented at this time include: paving of handicapped stalls in proximity to the entry court and bio-swale construction to contain storm water run-off from the street and parking lot.
  8. Other Landscape Improvements A new irrigation system will be installed in the Japanese Garden.

Reopening Celebration!
Entrance Rock
Ribbon Cutting
Taiko Drummers
Kubota Garden
Kubota Tree & Footbridge
Kubota Garden

Kubota Party Rental Area

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