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Washington Park Arboretum
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Project Information

 

Location: 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle WA 98112


Project Status

December 2013
Seattle Parks and Recreation, the University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation are planning for the continuation of the implementation of the master plan. This plan ensures the Washington Park Arboretum will effectively fulfill three primary purposes: conservation, recreation and education, for decades to come.

The various projects that are being developed are the following:

  • North Entry and Multi-use Trail
  • Implementation of Cascadia and New Zealand focal forests - Complete
  • Gateway to Chile garden - Complete
  • Way Finding and Interpretation

Washington Park Arboretum North Entry and Multi-use Trail
This project initially provided scoping and conceptual design for a redeveloped North Entry to Washington Park Arboretum and a multi-use trail from the intersection of East Madison to the North Entry and the Montlake and University neighborhoods beyond. The Consultant Selection Committee recommended that The Berger Partnership be hired to provide design services for the project and Parks moved forward with that recommendation. This work was done with anticipation of construction funding.

City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the multi-use trail, which does not include the North Entry Project, in June 2013. The Arboretum Botanical Gardens Committee held a well attended press conference to announce this funding in January 2013.

For more information on this project please visit Washington Park Arboretum Multi-Use Trail Project Information.

New Zealand Focal Forest
The New Zealand Focal Forest is complete. Parks awarded the construction contract to by W.S. Contractors. Infrastructure was completed in winter 2013 and planting occurred in June-July of 2013. The New Zealand focal forest plants were propagated from seed of a known provenance. This project includes Phase III of the Washington Park Arboretum, Lake Washington Boulevard lighting project and additional planting in the Gateway to Chile which have both been completed.

A public meeting was held in January 2010 to provide the community an update on these developments. Please see notes below.

Thank you Seattle! The Gateway to Chile project, the first project funded by this Levy in the Arboretum, is complete.
This project restores the once overgrown Holmdahl Rockery and creates an eye-catching display of colorful Chilean plant species.

Together the partners from the University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation along with community members celebrated the opening on October 17, 2010.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Gateway to Chile was held in June 2010. A public meeting and tour where held in March 2010. Information from this meeting is to the right under Gateway to Chile Briefing.


LOCATION
2300 Arboretum Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112
BUDGET
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $2.5 million for this project. Significant additional funding provided by the Arboretum Foundation
SCHEDULE
Planning: 2009 - 2015
Construction: 2010 - 2015

Project Description

The master plan for renewing the Washington Park Arboretum was adopted by City Council and the University of Washington Board of Regents in May 2001. The University, City and the Arboretum Foundation are working together to continue implementing the master plan.

Continuing construction on the Pacific Connections Garden project is a priority because of its visibility and the ability to fulfill the primary elements of the master plan - conservation, education and recreation.


Community Participation

Public Meeting 01/13/2010

Public Tour 03/10/2010

Public Meeting for North Entry and Multi-use Trail 06/8/2011

Public Meeting for Master Plan 06/29/2011

Public Meeting for North Entry and Multi-use Trail 08/31/2011

Arboretum and WSDOT Reach Ground Breaking $7.8 Million Agreement — Media Advisory Meeting 01/24/2013


Important Links


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Updated March 5, 2014

Events

Currently no events are scheduled.

For More Information

Andy Sheffer
800 Maynard Ave S,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134
206-684-7041
andy.sheffer@seattle.gov

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration
Photos from Opening Celebration

Chile Garden Rendering
Chile Garden Rendering
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Gateway to Chile Illustration
Gateway to Chile Illustration
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Gateway to Chile Project Briefing
Gateway to Chile Project Briefing
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