The eight groups presented information about applications they are submitting to the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund for parks in Beacon Hill. Â You can find out more about the Opportunity Fund in their FAQ.
The Opportunity Fund is community-driven. A key aspect of the application is how much community support a project has. Â If you would like to share comments, concerns, or enthusiastic support about a proposal, contact Seattle Parks and let them know what you think. Use theÂ comments page or contact Kellee Jones at 206-684-7052 Â or firstname.lastname@example.org, orÂ Susanne Friedman at 206-684-0902 or email@example.com.
Briefly, the eight proposals are:
- Volunteers and community members seeking funding to continue efforts to improve Lewis Park, such as clearing invasive species, planting natives, and restoring the natural areas in the park’s ravines
- Development of a Food Forest in Jefferson Park, including bicycle and walking paths, a community shade structure, and habitat renewal for beneficial insects and birds
- Acquisition of land around the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station to develop a North Beacon Central Park
- Walker Street Park and Orchard proposal to acquire 10 lots on the boundary of the North Beacon Hill and North Rainier Urban Villages
- Beacon Hill Youth Soccer Association efforts to improve the youth soccer field adjacent to Beacon International School so that it can be used year-round, by replacing grass with artificial turf
- El Centro de La Raza seeking to improve their playground and increase access to the public by upgrading play structure; adding landscaping, outdoor meeting space, green features, and cultural aspects; adding ADA accessibility; and improving the basketball court
- Efforts to preserve and renovate the historic reservoir gatehouse building in Jefferson Park
- Development of a viewpoint pocket park at 12th and Hill, including addition of a retaining wall, viewing platform, and seating area