Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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With funds from the Pro Parks Levy and the assistance of Cascade Land Conservancy, this spectacular view property was acquired by Seattle Parks and Recreation on September 28, 2001.
|In 1989, the Leschi Natural Area was included
in the King County Open Space and Trails Bond, and Seattle Parks and Recreation
purchased and preserved several acres in the green space. The Leschi community
then adopted the natural area through Parks and Recreation's Adopt-A-Park
Program, created a loop trail at the site, and restored native plants.
In 2001 an adjacent property became available and was acquired and preserved through the Green Spaces category of the Pro Parks Levy. The site features panoramic views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier and the Cascades, and provides a significant addition to the Leschi Natural Area. The property is also adjacent to the East Terrace Street stairs along a well-used pedestrian route leading down to Lake Washington Boulevard.
Matching funds from the King County Conservation Futures Levy were also used in the purchase of this property.
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Leschi was one of the first neighborhoods to create an open space plan for the community, and residents are very active in stewarding their local parks and green spaces. Several property owners near the Leschi Natural Area are participating in a program to voluntarily preserve their wooded properties. Friends of Leschi Natural Area (322-7648) hosts work parties at the site the first Saturday of each month. As volunteer Diane Morris says, "It's a lifetime of work, and not just our lifetime."
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Volunteers Bunny and Fran Wood and Diane Morris at a "first Saturday" work party.
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