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The Pro Parks portion of this project is complete. The general contractor has completed his work. The community group, in cooperation with Parks, will install an historical propeller in early 2007.
The University Neighborhood Plan encourages more open space and asked the city to "create a small park at 7th Ave NE street end at Lake Union, perhaps with environmental restoration, hand-held boat launch, and a small seating area."
The 7th Avenue NE Street End is not on 7th Avenue or a street end. The property is part waterway, part street right-of-way for NE Northlake Way. The site is located on the southwest edge of the University District, between I-5 and the University bridge, at the intersection of Lake Union Waterway 14 and NE Northlake Way, and across the street from the terminus of 7th Avenue NE. The upland portion of the waterway is owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the remainder of the property is street right-of-way owned by Seattle Department of Transportation. The property was included as part of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy to “Develop park at 7th Ave NE street end at Lake Union.”
What kind of park can be built?
The existing concrete bulkhead that serves as a retaining wall at the water's edge will not be removed or altered because the project budget is not large enough to cover the associated costs. Even so, the geotechnical report advised that we plan for failure of the wall and the supported slope. As a result, the park has been scaled back to provide a sidewalk (supported by a retaining wall) running the full length of the site with a "bulge" in the center large enough to accommodate a bench. This new design will still improve the pedestrian environment as well as give visual access to the water adjacent to the site.
The small open space will be a respite from the active industrial uses, and drought tolerant plantings may be included to support fish and wildlife habitat at the water’s edge. Parks will work with Seattle Department of Transportation to design landscape and park furnishings that discourage parking on the SDOT right-of-way in the no-parking zone fronting the park. The sidewalk will be improved to meet SDOT requirements.
During neighborhood planning for the property, the community raised the possibility of a hand-held boat launch. However, the proximity of many nearby hand-held boat launch areas, and size, ownership and elevation of this property makes this use impractical.
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At the first community meeting on Nov 10, 2004, the community discussed a deck, plantings, and streetscape improvements. At the January 11, 2005 the community commented on designs for the new Lake Union viewpoint developed by Parks landscape architects.
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