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4/21/2011  
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Capitol Hill Celebrates at Summit Slope Park and Unpaving Paradise P-Patch Dedication

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Capitol Hill Community Council invite the public to the dedication of Summit Slope Park and Unpaving Paradise P-Patch on May 1, 2011 at noon. Summit Slope Park is located at 200 E John St.

At the event Dave Hannon, a high-energy, three-piece pop, rock and acoustic band will entertain participants, and our community partners Starbucks and Umpqua Bank will provide light refreshments. Seattle Tilth Master Composters will be on hand to provide gardening tips.

The project provides a new park in this urban neighborhood with the Unpaving Paradise P-Patch community garden, lawns, seating areas, a barbeque and a skate feature. Pro Parks Levy funding supported the development of the park, and money from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy was allocated to the new P-Patch in the park.

Parks acquired the .22-acre park in 2007 with funding from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and King County Conservation Futures Tax revenues. Seattle Parks and Recreation hired Mithun Architects of Seattle as the consultant and worked with the community on the design of the park.

The P-Patch located in the park is named "Unpaving Paradise P-Patch" to reflect the fact that this park site used to be an urban parking lot, and to recognize the community group called "Unpaving Paradise" that was involved in the planning and fundraising for this park. The community has put in nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer work to complete this project. The P-Patch has 36 plots, one of which is a food bank plot that youth from Northwest School and Peace From the Streets - Kids From the Streets will be gardening.

The new P-patch is supported by $150,000 from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy funding dedicated to P-patch Community Garden development.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ P-Patch Community Gardening Program provides garden plots for over 2,000 residents in Seattle, as well as opportunities for market gardening, youth gardening, and community food security. With demand for P-Patch community gardening space continuing to grow, the P-Patch Community Gardening Program is expanding and/or building 15 new gardens thanks to $2 million from the 2008 Levy.

Planning for the E. John Open Space development will begin in 2012. The Capitol Hill Community Council Open Space Committee, Unpaving Paradise, nominated the project to receive Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. In April City Council approved Parks recommendations, and this project received $260,000 in funding to turn E. John Street into a green street with a wide bioswale and improved pedestrian connections.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold a briefing and public hearing on the skatedot feature in the park on May 12, 2011. The meeting is at 100 Dexter Ave at 7 – 9:30 p.m. The Board will then discuss and provide a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams. The Park Board is made up of citizen volunteers whose role is to gather public input on issues like this and provide recommendations to the Superintendent. While the Park Board doesn’t make the final decision, they do provide a forum for unbiased discussion and input. They will also take written comments via email or regular mail through Friday, May 6.

May is National Foster Care month, and all Capitol Hill Starbucks locations will be dropoff points for donations to Treehouse. For more information contact Janet E. Hutchings, Assistant Store Manager at the Olive Way Starbucks, at 206-568-5185.

For more information on the project please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/JohnSummitParkDevelopment.htm or contact Project Manager Kelly Davidson 800 Maynard Ave S. 3rd Floor Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 684-0998 kelly.davidson@seattle.gov. For information on the P-Patch Community Gardening Program’s levy-funded projects, contact Laura Raymond at (206) 615-1787; laura.raymond@seattle.gov.

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