Pro Parks Project Information
9817 55th Avenue South
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A community event was held to celebrate the new improvements at
Kubota Garden on Saturday, April 16, 2005.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
800 Maynard Avenue South, 3rd floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336
Thank you, Seattle.
The Kubota Garden Improvement Project is Complete!
9817 55th Avenue South
|“Proposed improvements are intended to support
a regional facility concept and maintain the naturalistic spirit of the
garden. … the garden, like it’s maker, is a hybrid of two countries, it’s
roots are Japanese, but it has a free and spontaneous spirit inspired by
the Pacific Northwest.”
- Kubota Foundation newsletter spring ’91 & winter ‘92
The Kubota Garden Improvement Project is part of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy
and responds to Parks Plan 2000. $1,031,000 is identified in the Pro Parks
Levy for improvements. Using the Master Plan, approved by Seattle City Council
on April 25, 1994 as the foundation and guide, Parks has worked with the
community and the Kubota Garden Foundation to develop a Design and Implementation
Plan to guide the improvements at Kubota Garden. The Design and Implementation
Plan addresses a wide range of issues including drainage and irrigation,
circulation and ADA accessibility, a new entry experience, along with maintenance
and infrastructure improvements. This Plan will serve as the basis for further
design of physical improvements that will be implemented as budget allows.
The Design and Implementation Plan will include an identification of specific
physical improvements, construction estimates for the projects and a recommended
priority and timeline for implementing the improvements.
Project emphasis has been to:
- enhance visitor experience,
- preserve the historical perspective,
- provide maintenance and infrastructure improvements.
- ADA Main Loop Improvements – Three new path segments will be
constructed providing continuous ADA access from Renton Avenue to the
Entry Court, through the new wall and gate, around the irrigation pond
and down into the Core Garden. The three segments are:
- Main Path from Renton Avenue to the Entry Court – An ADA accessible
path will be graded from the street elevation at Renton Avenue along
the Entry Drive, arriving at the Entry Courtyard. A rockery wall
will be built to support grade changes and planting areas. All landscaped
areas will have irrigation systems installed and soils prepared
- Irrigation Pond Path – An ADA accessible path will wind south
and west of the irrigation pond path, connecting from entrance to
the loop pathway leading to the core garden. Fill will be imported
to achieve the correct grading. A French drain and rockery wall
will be installed along the southern rim of the pathway around the
irrigation pond. All landscaped areas will have irrigation systems
installed and soils prepared for planting. A footbridge will be
constructed allowing the path to cross over the irrigation ponds
outfall to the west.
- Path revision NW of irrigation pond – An ADA accessible path will
wind visitors from the irrigation pond, down the slope into the
Core Garden. All landscaped areas will have irrigation systems installed
and soils prepared for planting.
- Entry Experience – In keeping with the garden’s history of being a
place where patrons could drive through the garden, viewing the splendor,
or selecting plant groupings to have placed in private gardens, the
entry experience takes the visitor through a short entry drive, with
landscaped plantings on either side of the roadway. A new entry court
will great the visitor with stone-pavers, a drop-off area, plaza, seating
benches, kiosk, drinking fountain and bus pullout. A landscaped court
will surround the waiting area and lead up to the new wall and ornamental
gate. All landscaped areas will have irrigation systems installed and
soils prepared for planting.
- Perimeter Maintenance Road – A section of maintenance road along the
western edge of the garden will be constructed connecting the upper
and lower road sections completing a perimeter road for staff vehicles.
- Restroom – Two deluxe, spacious, ADA accessible, port-O-potties, with
bamboo screens will placed near the maintenance facility, west of the
ornamental gate for visitor and staff use.
- Site Water – The irrigation system will be expanded in order to supply
the Entry Court area and Pond area.
- Site Electrical – Power will be routed to the plaza area and to the
upper terrace in the southern portion of the garden.
- Visitor Parking Lot – A phased expansion plan has been developed to
accommodate future parking demands if a cultural/visitor center is constructed.
Parking improvements that will be implemented at this time include:
paving of handicapped stalls in proximity to the entry court and bio-swale
construction to contain storm water run-off from the street and parking
- Other Landscape Improvements – A new irrigation system will be installed
in the Japanese Garden.
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