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Seattle Parks has purchased three properties through this Levy project. The properties are adjacent to the Blaine Street public stairway at Lakeview Boulevard, near the new I-5 Colonnade Park. The acquisitions will preserve the green space that extends the St. Marks Greenbelt habitat corridor.
The acquisitions include two properties in 2006, including one that was purchased in cooperation with the Trust for Public Land, and a March 2007 acquisition immediately north of the public stairway.
Funding for the acquisitions includes the Pro Parks Levy and a matching grant from the King County Conservation Futures Tax Levy.
The Pro Parks Levy's $10 million Green Spaces category funds acquisitions to preserve Seattle’s green spaces. In 2002, the Oversight Committee included St. Mark's Greenbelt among 13 of the City’s adopted Green Spaces to be considered for acquisition.
In 1993, the City adopted the Greenspace Policy to encourage the preservation of green spaces in Seattle. The policy included maps for more than 30 greenspaces. The policy aimed to preserve natural landscape and habitat; provide natural buffers between land uses; mitigate noise and air pollution; reduce need for constructed storm water systems; and preserve natural drainage.
In the 1990s, Seattle Parks and Recreation preserved six acres in this greenbelt.
Also in the 1990s, the Streissguth family donated property to the City for permanent preservation as a garden. The property is immediately south of the Blaine Street public stairway, between Broadway and 10th Ave E. See the link below for more information about the Streissguth Gardens, and for opportunities to volunteer at the garden.
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On November 12, 2002, the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee included St. Mark's Greenbelt among the green spaces to be further considered for acquisition through the Pro Park Levy Green Spaces category.
The community has been very involved in volunteering to restore native plants and create trails in this greenbelt.
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