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Seattle's Newest P-Patch Freshly Planted in Fremont
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' Hosts Celebration at Hazel Heights Community Garden

March 24, 2010 (SEATTLE, WA) -- Seattle's newest P-Patch community garden, Hazel Heights, recently opened on Sunday, March 21st. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting, light refreshments and live music by local guitarist Ron Ryseff along with Hazel Heights neighbors. Special guest speakers included P-Patch Trust President Ray Schutte, SuJ'n Chon from the Dept. of Neighborhoods, Councilmember Jean Godden, Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson.

Six years ago former Fremont Neighborhood Council president Beckey Sukovaty initiated plans for Hazel Heights, hoping to provide a garden area for community members. With 19 P-Patch garden plots, the site was designed by Barker Landscape Architects and general contractor L.W. Sundstrom and was funded in part by Seattle Department of Neighborhood's Neighborhood Matching Fund, which contributed $100,000 for pathways, walls, infiltration and more. The community raised $144,176 to match! Hazel Heights is owned by the P-Patch Trust and administered by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Hazel Heights showcases the use of innovative sustainable features, including a catchment system with an 8,000-gallon cistern funded by a King County grant. The system will harvest rainwater from the roofs of two nearby houses to irrigate the garden while helping prevent storm water overflows. Because the site features a critical steep slope, there were construction challenges, but now the site provides garden visitors with breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, Ship Canal and Salmon Bay. Hazel Heights will also contribute to Seattle's food security by dedicating a garden plot to be maintained by volunteers, plus on-site trees and vines to produce fresh produce for local food banks.

Countless hours of volunteer labor and other donations have been contributed to Hazel Heights by hundreds of community members. For more information, please visit http://hazelheightsp-patch.blogspot.com/.

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