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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Parks and Recreation joins Community to dedicate Improvements at Cowen Park

10/15/2004  10:40:00 AM
Christina Hirsch  (206) 684-7241

Seattle Parks and Recreation joins Community
to dedicate Improvements at Cowen Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation will join members of the community to dedicate recent improvements at Cowen Park. The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the Shelterhouse, 5849 15th Ave. NE.

Parks will celebrate the completion of renovations at the Cowen Park Shelterhouse and daylighting a portion of Ravenna Creek within Cowen Park -- Pro Parks Levy funded projects -- and the near-completion of a volunteer playground restoration project, funded with a grant from Starbuck’s and implemented by community volunteers. Light snacks will be provided.

The shelterhouse, originally constructed in 1909, was once a stop over for trolley riders and park visitors, but fell into disrepair in the latter part of the last century. With the passage of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy, $618,000 was made available to renovate the structure. Renovation elements included creating an activity room of approximately 500 square feet, office space, storage, and public toilets - all on the lower level. On the upper level the existing toilets were demolished and a viewing terrace constructed.

Also within the park, a portion of Ravenna Creek was daylighted – funded with $237,000 in Pro Parks Levy money. Various construction projects in Seattle – beginning as early as 1911 with the lowering of Green Lake by 8 feet and continuing through the construction of Interstate-5 in the 1960s – have had an impact on the natural flow of the creek. This project brought the creek to the surface and enhanced the vegetation around this portion of the creek.

The community undertook a project to upgrade the play area. The Friends of Cowen Park worked with the Roosevelt Square Starbuck’s to pull ivy, install spring toys and digger toys, add fibar and gravel, and put paths around the structures. This portion of the renovation represents Phase III of a multi-part project to upgrade the play area. In the coming weeks, they will add a paved area with benches. In addition to committing volunteers to the project, Starbuck’s also provided The Friends with a $10,000 grant to complete this work.

Approved by Seattle voters in 2000, the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy will fund more than 100 projects throughout the city over eight years. Projects include improvements to athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and community centers and parks. Funding will also increase green spaces, support Zoo programs and enhance park maintenance.

For more information, contact Joelle Ligon at or 233-7929.

The shelterhouse may be rented by contacting the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center at 684-7534.

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