UPDATE: I overlooked acknowledging and applauding the other two projects for NE Seattle that were recommended by Parks Staff for funding through the Opportunity Fund. Congrats to the applicants of both the Magnuson Park Community Kitchen and Sacajawea Southern Playground projects on their strong applications as well!
We have some good news to share about the Inverness Ravine Park Trail Project we proposed for funding under the Seattle Parks and Recreation 2012/2013 Opportunity Fund. All of the projects submitted have now been reviewed by Seattle Parks Staff with their recommendations forwarded on to Levy Oversight Committee for approval. Fortunately for us, Seattle Parks likes our project and has included it as one of their recommended projects to fund!
As a quick reminder, the 2012/12013 Opportunity Fund is part of the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and awards funding to community-driven recreational acquisition and development projects. In 2013, $7-8 million will be distributed to projects across the City, including several projects in northeast Seattle. The Inverness Ravine Park Trail project is a project submitted by the WCC’s Parks Committee as a response to the Wedgwood Vision Plan (adopted in 2010) which calls for the development of trails in natural, stream-side settings. The project proposes to create a pedestrian nature trail in Inverness Ravine Park, which is currently inaccessible, on a combination of existing Parks-owned land and Seattle Department of Transportation right-of-way. The ravine consists of a seasonal stream that is a part of the Thornton Creek tributary system, and is vegetated with a second-growth native forest, as well as some invasive plant species. Part of the project’s scope will be to remove invasive species and plant additional native plants. A conceptual trail alignment, which was included in our proposal, is below.
In other fantastic park news beyond Wedgwood, we’d like to extend our congratulations to all of the park projects in NE Seattle recently funded, including:
- $64,000 through the Large Project Fund to help fund Phase 1 of Yesler Swamp Trail near the Center for Urban Horticulture in Laurelhurst! (DONATIONS STILL NEEDED)
- $99,577 through the Large Project Fund to help fund the redevelopment of the Sacajawea Southern Playground!
- $2 million approved within the City’s budget to stabilize Building 18 at Magnuson Park, rather than demolishing it!
- $20,000 through the Small & Simple Fund to help Phase 2 of park redevelopment at Sand Point Elementary!
- $13,000 for new play equipment at Laurelhurst Park through the Small & Simple Fund!