VIEW FROM DENNY PARK
News and Views from the Superintendent
No. 49. May 7, 2004
Kenneth R Bounds, Superintendent
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In this issue:
Renovated High Point CC Opens | 'Green
Seattle' Will Save Trees | New Partnership to Control Geese
in Parks | Navy/Fort Lawton Housing In Discovery Park
| Water Treatment Completed At Green Lake | Mayor
Announces Uptown Acquisition | Earth Month Encourages Stewardship
| Events This Weekend
RENOVATED HIGH POINT CC OPENS
Mayor Nickels joined staff and community members in late March to celebrate
the opening of the newly renovated High Point Community Center in West
A $3.7 million project funded through the 1999 Community Center Levy,
the expanded community center has an additional 10,000 square feet of
usable and programmable space, including a commercial-sized kitchen, a
teen room, child-care room, large, dividable multi-purpose room, improved
staff offices and reception area, and a computer room.
In addition to providing the community with more space, the new facility
was designed and built in an environmentally friendly way. Parks worked
closely with the architect, Streeter & Associates, and the general
contractor, Kirkwood Construction, to develop a "green" facility
that includes innovative stormwater management, optimal energy efficiency,
interior daylighting, close proximity to public transportation, and bicycle-friendly
For more information on the project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/current/High_Point_Project.htm
'GREEN SEATTLE' WILL SAVE TREES
A week before Earth Day last month, Mayor Greg Nickels launched an innovative
partnership with the Cascade Land Conservancy to restore Seattle's public
forest and stop the spread of ivy and other invasive plants. Almost all
of this forest is on lands owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation.
The partnership is at the heart of the Mayor's new "Green Seattle
Initiative," a program to increase the number of trees and greenery
in Seattle's neighborhoods, promote environmentally friendly design and
construction practices, and provide training and job opportunities for
The Mayor set a goal of restoring 2,500 acres of public forest by 2024.
The partnership plans to put 150 acres of public forest into restoration
per year. This is 15 times the number of acres the city has worked on
in past years.
Seattle Parks will be working closely with the Cascade Land Conservancy
and the city's Office of Sustainability and the Environment on this program.
For more information on the Green Seattle Initiative, please visit www.seattle.gov/mayor
NEW PARTNERSHIP TO CONTROL GEESE IN PARKS
Last month, I announced a pilot program that for 2004 and possibly 2005
will use non-lethal strategies to manage the Canada geese population in
Our contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Wildlife Services
calls for continued addling of goose eggs, a key activity in reducing
We also reached agreement with the Progressive Animal Welfare Society
(PAWS) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on the participation
of volunteers in controlling the goose population. PAWS and HSUS are helping
by recruiting volunteers to locate goose nests and to control the impact
of geese at five Seattle parks where there has been a lot of goose activity:
Gas Works, Green Lake, South Lake Union, Matthews Beach, and Madison Beach.
PAWS and HSUS will arrange for trial applications of a chemical deterrent,
Flight Control, which tastes bad to the geese; use lasers to encourage
geese to relocate; and clean up goose droppings. Parks will also manage
trained dogs to encourage geese to leave public beaches and selected shorelines.
Parks staff will supervise and monitor all training and work.
During the winter of 2004-05, I will assess PAWS' delivery on their commitments
and decide whether to continue the agreement into 2005.
NAVY/FORT LAWTON HOUSING IN DISCOVERY PARK
Here is an update on an issue you may have read about in the newspaper.
The Navy is considering the development or sale of its 33 acres of housing
land in Discovery Park. The land includes existing Navy housing units
(aka "Capehart housing") and housing in the historic district
in the western part of the park, adjacent to walking trails and wildlife
habitat. The City and Discovery Park community are deeply concerned about
this possibility; the park's master plan calls for the acquisition of
federal land, and restoring it to a natural state.
Because the Navy no longer needs housing in Seattle, it wants to use
revenues from this venture to create more housing near its Everett Home
Port and upgrade other housing units in the Puget Sound region. A recent
federal law authorizes the US military to engage in public-private partnerships
to provide housing without the need for appropriations.
Earlier this year, Mayor Nickels sent a letter to the Secretary of the
Navy and our congressional delegation to voice his concerns about private
housing development in the middle of an urban park. The City Council passed
a resolution with similar concerns. Such a housing development could thwart
the dreams of park supporters and neighbors who fought for many years
for the return of military land for public park and recreation purposes.
The Navy will announce a "preferred partner" (real estate developer)
in mid-May. At that time we should learn more clearly about what the Navy
is proposing. I will continue to keep you informed.
WATER TREATMENT COMPLETED AT GREEN LAKE
Parks staff and contractors completed a water treatment project at Green
Lake that will clear up the water and make it safe and open for swimming
and all "wet water" activity this summer. In the past two years,
Parks closed the lake to swimming due to blooms of algae growth.
Beginning in mid-March and ending on April 7, Parks contractors added
aluminum sulfate (alum) to the water from a barge that traveled to many
different areas of the lake. The water is already noticeably clearer.
Completely safe to humans and animals, alum prevents the release of phosphorus,
which is a key nutrient in the growth of algae. Parks has also approached
the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife about the potential to
limit the number of carp in the lake. Carp can disrupt the effect of alum
by disturbing lake bottom sediments, stirring up algae nutrients.
MAYOR ANNOUNCES UPTOWN ACQUISITION
One of the city's densest neighborhoods just got a little breathing room.
This week, Mayor Nickels announced the purchase of a .28-acre site in
the Uptown neighborhood at the northeast corner of Queen Anne Ave. N and
Roy St. for $1.7 million. The Pro Parks Levy funded the acquisition and
will provide $269,000 for development. The neighborhood will also raise
The community chose the vacant property as the top priority for acquisition
through an extensive public process. Uptown, formerly known as "Lower
Queen Anne," is designated as an urban center village, and the new
park will provide much-needed public space in this dense neighborhood.
The future park is within walking distance of more than 850 new condominiums
and apartments that have been built in Uptown in the past decade.
For more information about this new park, please visit the web at www.seattle.gov/parks/proparks/projects/queenannepark.htm
or contact Catherine Anstett at 206-615-0368 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EARTH MONTH ENCOURAGES STEWARDSHIP
Starbucks Volunteer Work Party along Burke-Gilman Trail
Earth Day is about what we can do for the environment every day. Seattle
Parks and Recreation joined with our neighborhood and business partners
to celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April. We hosted more than
200 Earth Month programs and events, involving 5,000 people throughout
Among the scores of activities, here are a few of the highlights:
- Park restoration work at Green Lake Park on April 9 by 60 volunteers
from Blanchet High School
- A fair at Discovery Park featuring vehicles that use alternative fuel
on April 10
- A forest restoration project in Kiwanis Ravine to help preserve the
Ravine's heron rookery on April 17
- A ivy removal event with EarthCorps at Seward Park on April 17 and
- A work party along the Burke-Gilman Trail hosted and organized by
Starbucks Coffee Company.
EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
On Saturday, May 8, we will be dedicating two major projects: the recently
upgraded Mariners All-Star Field at Lower Woodland Park, funded by a major
grant from Major League Baseball and the Mariners; and completed improvements
at Flo Ware Park in the Central Area, funded by the 2000 Pro Parks Levy.
I will be in touch soon.