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Construction starting this month at Jefferson Park Golf Course

November 2nd, 2013 at 6:32 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

South view of the new Jefferson golf clubhouse.

South view of the new Jefferson golf clubhouse.

Construction on the changes at Jefferson Park Golf Course is planned to begin later this month, to be completed in December 2014. The project includes a new two-story modern-style clubhouse, a double-deck driving range, and improvements to paths and parking.

The course will remain open, though temporary facilities for the pro shop and food service will be located across Beacon Avenue, behind the existing first tee.

For more information about the project, see the website or email project manager Toby Ressler. Previous posts about the project on the BHB may be seen here.


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Cheasty/Mt. View volunteers needed tomorrow

October 4th, 2013 at 5:42 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Volunteers are wanted this Saturday, October 5, at the Cheasty Greenspace/Mt. View work party, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers will be removing blackberry and ivy vines east of the Angeline Trail Head.

All you need to bring is yourself, your sturdy shoes, warm clothes, water to drink, and a treat to share. Volunteers should meet at 2809 S. Alaska Place 98108 starting at 9:45 a.m.

In other Greenspace news, the Cheasty/Mt. View group applied for an Opportunity Fund grant, but their proposal for a mountain bike path was not selected because of rules banning off-road bicycles in parks. The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will meet next Thursday, October 10, to discuss and vote on an update to the Bicycle Use Policy that would allow the projects like the Greenspace project to happen.

Neighbors are invited to attend and express their opinions at the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m, October 10, at 100 Dexter Ave. N. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room.


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Jubilee celebrates Jefferson Park, 9/14

August 29th, 2013 at 10:47 pm | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Neighbors enjoyed last year’s Jefferson Park Jubilee. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

Summer may be drawing to an end (don’t remind me!), but summer fun still awaits in Jefferson Park on Saturday, September 14, when the Jefferson Park Jubilee sets up in the park for a day of music, art, food, film and fun celebrating the recently rebuilt park.

From 1-7 p.m., the Jubilee will feature food and craft vendors, traditional park games to recreate historical Japanese picnics that used to be held there, tours of the Beacon Food Forest, performances, and more. From 7-10 p.m. is the summer’s final outdoor movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. See the event schedule here.

The park is located on Beacon Avenue, just south of South Spokane Street. Parking near the event may be scarce, so alternate transportation is recommended.

For more information, contact info@beaconhillmerchants.com.


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Community invited to discuss Jefferson Park skateable art

July 8th, 2013 at 5:01 pm | 8 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Soon there could be an additional place to skate at Jefferson Park besides this skate park. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

All are invited to a public meeting on Monday, July 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Community Center to discuss a proposed skateable art installation at Jefferson Park. The meeting is intended to brief the neighborhood on the history of the project and get feedback on the current work and proposed locations in the park. Artist CJ Rench will be there to discuss his thoughts on the project.

Red Bull recently approached Seattle Parks and Recreation with a proposal to, according to Seattle Parks, “invest in the community by commissioning an artist to design and fabricate a unique skateable art piece.” Originally, the proposed location was at Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront, but after a recent public meeting and other comments, Parks decided to look into other possible locations for the skateable art. Jefferson Park is well suited for the project because it is large, well-used, has parking available, and has a beautiful view of the city.

Three potential sites at Jefferson Park will be discussed at the July 15 meeting. According to Seattle Parks, the project is the first of its kind permanent art installation for skateboarding. For more information, see the website or contact Pamela Kliment of Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206.684.7556, or pamela.kliment@seattle.gov.

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S.


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Weekly BBQ and Bowls starts this Friday

June 19th, 2013 at 4:14 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Lawn bowlers enjoy a world class view. Photo by Kat Marriner.

Jenny Mears, a member of the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club, sends this invitation:

How’s this sound for perfect summer Friday night: you and your family
and friends + sunshine + incredible views of the city, mountains and
sunset + a fun new sport? Welcome to Friday Night BBQ and Bowls at
Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club! While most events, leagues, and
tournaments are members only (for information on membership, see the
JPLBC website
), Friday Night BBQ and Bowls is open to the public for a
suggested greens fee of $5. Members are on hand to teach you the game,
the barbecue is hot (bring your own grillables!), and you can enjoy a
Friday night in one of the most beautiful parks in the city while
learning how to lawn bowl with your family and friends. For more
information, check out the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club website or stop by any Friday night from June 21st through August 30th.

The club house and greens are located at 4103 Beacon Ave. S.


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Spraypark closed until Wednesday

June 10th, 2013 at 4:56 pm | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Kids splashed happily in the Beacon Mountain spraypark last summer.

If you want to splash around in the Beacon Mountain spraypark, you’ll need to wait until Wednesday. Seattle Parks tells us:

“We are making some adjustments to Beacon Mountain spraypark and have shut down the spraypark today, Mon. June 10th and Tues., June 11th. We anticipate it opening back up on Wednesday, June 12th.”

If you must play before midweek, Georgetown Spraypark is open and not too far away at Georgetown Playfield, 750 S. Homer St.


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Seattle Parks meeting tonight at Jefferson Community Center

May 16th, 2013 at 6:35 pm | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Sorry for the late notice — we’ve been dealing with some technical issues earlier today, and after receiving this announcement this afternoon, weren’t able to post this until now. There is a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S.) on Environmental Programs, Open Space and Maintenance in Seattle Parks.

Here’s the announcement:

Dear Jefferson Park neighbor,

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting their fourth Parks Legacy Plan meeting tonight at Jefferson Community Center. Attached is a brochure that explains importance of the plan and tees up some questions that will help direct future funding.

At Parks we’re nearing the end of two consecutive levies, primarily for capital projects, that have expanded our park system. We’re at a crossroads. We’ve created the first draft of a Parks Legacy Plan that will take us into the future. This is the time when the public can have the greatest impact in shaping the future of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The draft includes information on our city’s changing demographics, our current budget and basic services, what people think about our current parks system based on a series of recent surveys, national and regional trends in recreation, and information on costs, attendance and community benefit. It poses policy questions we’re asking the public to answer at the six meetings and/or by email.

The Plan can be found here along with important timeline information.

Here is additional information posted on the Mayor’s Blog Post.


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Summer lawn bowling league for women forming at Jefferson Park

May 14th, 2013 at 4:03 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Jenny Mears of the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club writes:

Photo by Jenny Mears

Hello ladies! Come spend your sunny summer Wednesday nights in beautiful Jefferson Park with a fabulous group of women learning how to lawn bowl! What’s lawn bowling, you say? It’s an amazingly fun outdoor sport in which you and your team compete to see who can roll their bowls closest to the white ball at the end of the green, all while drinking gin and tonics (or a beverage of your choice). In other words, it’s a completely civilized way to spend a summer weeknight!

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club has a great assortment of member events, tournaments, and leagues, including Bowl Busters, a league for women. We get together on Wednesday nights throughout the summer, sharing food and drink, and rolling bowls in the summer sun. All skill and experience levels are welcome; lawn bowling is one of those “moment to learn, lifetime to master” things! New Bowl Busters can try out the league with a special introductory rate of $40 for the Bowl Busters season. The first night of Bowl Busters is June 5th and the league runs Wednesday nights through the end of July. For more information or to sign up, see the Bowl Busters page on Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club’s website.

New bowlers do need to get a lesson on the basics before league begins. You’ll learn things like how to hold and roll a bowl, the objective of the game, and small tips to make you a good teammate your first game. Lessons are offered May 22 and May 29 at 7 pm. Sign up for a lesson by contacting BB@seattlebowls.org. Learn all about Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club at seattlebowls.org.

See you on the greens!


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Beacon Mountain to reopen soon

May 6th, 2013 at 6:33 pm | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Families enjoyed the Beacon Mountain playground when it was open last summer.

With the recent fine weather, a few neighbors have been wondering what’s up with the Beacon Mountain playground at Jefferson Park, and when it will reopen.

Andy Sheffer at Seattle Parks and Recreation says:

I have the fencing scheduled to be removed next Tuesday, May 14th. At that point the entire park will be open and the spray park will be in operation starting Memorial Day, 5/27/13 (Date when all spray parks open). The following work has been performed:

  1. Slope fortification
  2. Installation of curbs along pathways to prevent mulch from entering spray park system.
  3. Replacement of portions of concrete surfacing to enhance amt. of water re-circulated in the spray park.
  4. Mechanical enhancements to ensure smooth operation of spray park.
  5. Replacement of long open slide with a tubular slide.
  6. Installation of additional site furnishings.
  7. Installation of additional stepping stones in areas where desire paths appeared.

The following work is getting wrapped up this week.

  1. Installation of replacement safety surfacing associated with the installation of the new slide.
  2. Planting.
  3. General clean-up.

Please feel free to call me anytime at 206.423.1917 with any additional questions or concerns.


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Kids? Van Asselt CC track team wants you!

February 20th, 2013 at 3:16 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Kids aged 5-17 are invited to join the Seattle Parks and Recreation track and field team from Van Asselt Community Center. Coaches John and Charlotte Shoecraft return this year to guide the team in 50-3000 meter, long jump, turbo javelin and shot put, with meets starting in late April. Kids of all skill levels are welcome to join and compete.

To find out more, contact Carl Bergquist at 206-386-1921 or carl.bergquist@seattle.gov. Participation is $35 for the season and includes a singlet. Volunteers are also needed to help out, and should contact Carl the same way.


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