Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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See the Fremont Peak Park development project webpage for the latest news.
On September 30, 2004 Seattle Parks completed the acquisition of the remaining .13-acre property for this new park site that will offer panoramic views of Puget Sound, the Olympics and the Ship Canal. Funding sources included the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, King County Conservation Futures Tax fund, and community fundraising.
On August 23, 2002, Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased view property totalling .43-acre for this new park in Fremont.
On July 29, 2002 Seattle City Council unanimously approved Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund funding as one of the funding sources to acquire the Fremont Peak site. This property has panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, and was nominated by residents and business people from the Fremont neighborhood.
On July 11, 2002 Friends of Fremont Peak Park held a community event to celebrate progress on the potential park, and nearly 150 supporters attended.
In 2001, the community had begun to raise funds for the potential park site. Parks and Recreation held a public meeting in August 2001 at B. F. Day School to discuss the potential new park and determine the level of neighborhood support. About 90 citizens attended.
The community obtained a variety of funding sources toward the purchase, including private and foundation grants and a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant, and they successfully nominated it for the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund. County Conservation Futures Tax matching funds were also earmarked for acquisition of the site.
Seattle Parks and Recreation's purchase of a portion of the property was completed on August 23, 2002. An additional property was purchased in September 2004.
In 2003 the community began a public process through the Neighborhood Matching Fund to create plans to develop park improvements at the site. Development funds were provided through the second cycle of the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund and other funding sources, and park development will start in 2006.
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Fremont Peak is a citizen-initiated project. For details and history about the community's efforts and to see photos of the view from the site, see the Friends of Fremont Peak Park website. A photo above shows Fremont citizens with their Fremont Peak display at a Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee meeting that addressed Opportunity Fund acquisition nominations.
In spring 2003, the community began a public planning process for future development of the park, and hosted open houses at the site. For information, see the Friends of Fremont Peak Park website.
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