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Greenwood Park is Complete!
signage educates visitors on the environmental aspects of the park, memorializes
the site’s 70-year history as a Japanese owned or operated commercial greenhouse,
and tells the story of the Interurban trolley system that ran through the
Greenwood Park is a new park development on the site of the former Otani Greenhouses at 87th and Fremont Avenue North. Demolition of the greenhouse structures and soil remediation were completed by Seattle Parks. Both the concept plan and the design development plans were completed by Friends of Greenwood Park using Department of Neighborhoods grant funding.
The park includes a play area, open meadow and paths. It features porous concrete paving and a drainage swale. The intent is to have a passive park that reduces storm water drainage and provides educational opportunities for visitors.
The project includes the following elements:
A dedicated group of volunteers called the Friends of Greenwood Park (FOGP) worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation staff to develop a new park on the site of the former Otani Greenhouses at 87th and Fremont Avenue North. This site was identified as a potential park site in the 1999 Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Plan. The Friends of Greenwood Park obtained Department of Neighborhoods funds to develop a design for the part. They worked with Parks to select the design consultant, and hired JGM Landscape Architects to design the Park.
During conceptual design process in 2000, three public meetings were held. The park design committee found that potential park users were looking for a source of respite from the busy neighboring commercial core and a safe recreational space for young and old alike, within walking distance of their homes. A major interest that emerged during the public process was to design the park with an emphasis on environmental sensitivity.
Friends of Greenwood Park obtained a Large Matching Fund grant from Department of Neighborhoods. They continued with design development in 2000–2001. The project was included in the 2000 Pro Parks levy, which is funding the production of construction documents, and construction.
The design proposal for the edge along Evanston included widening the asphalt pavement by 2-3 feet and replacing the existing ditch with a wide drainage swale.
The swale will carry the existing drainage flow, which includes drainage from the street and approximately 3.3 acres north of the park. A swale can provide water quality benefits, although in this case, the existing ditch is connected to a combined sewer, so the potential water quality benefits will not be realized at this time. However, Seattle Public Utilities hopes to eventually connect this drainage system to Pipers Creek. This swale would provide water quality benefits when and if the drainage is redirected to the Pipers Creek system.
The project is designed to be a demonstration site for environmentally orientated construction. It was a pilot site for the use of porous concrete. As such, there is not a full maintenance history for the material. The use of the porous concrete is supported by a grant from Seattle Public Utilities, which is also partially funding soil amendments to increase the water holding capacity of the soil and reduce site runoff.
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