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Film project about the Fir State Golf Club and the Jefferson Park Golf Course seeks Kickstarter backers

Fir State Golf Club, a primarily Black golf club, chose to call themselves Fir State after Washington’s state tree. To them, the evergreen fir tree was a symbol of strength and the ability to weather many storms. The club was established in 1947 to provide nonwhites an opportunity to learn and participate fully in the sport of golf. Up until that time, and in most places around the United States, including Seattle, clubs and tournaments were not open to golfers of color.

Regardless of their abilities, they were left out of opportunities to compete, gain recognition and acquire the economic rewards afforded to other quality golfers. This was true and condoned legally throughout the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. At a time when Rosa Parks had not yet been arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus and the 14th amendment to the US constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was still 17 years away, these determined golfers became some of the earliest heroes in the fight for equality and racial justice in Seattle.

As the pursuit for equity in sports continues, Out of the Rough celebrates the Fir State Golf Club for the historic role they played in opening up opportunities for all people to be able to participate fully in the sport of golf. There are only 3 days left to donate to help finish the film. Please consider making a donation at the Out of the Rough Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1200799877/out-of-the-rough-stories-from-fir-state-golf-club.

The Fir State Golf Club’s home course is the Jefferson Park Golf Course on Beacon Hill. For more information on the history of the Fir State Golf Club and the Jefferson Park Golf Course:


Construction starting this month at Jefferson Park Golf Course

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.

PIE features Beacon Hill

The latest episode of the KCTS9 show PIE, with the theme “wheels,” visits Beacon Hill for two segments featuring local people and landmarks.

The first is an impressionistic “then and now” about the beautifully restored Fire Station 13, with views of Jefferson Park next door. See it here.

The second segment, “Old Guy Skateboarders,” also visits Jefferson Park, and finds that many skateboarders using the skate park aren’t the kids you might expect. Skaters in their 40s and 50s and even older are out there too. Some are returning to skating after taking time off for families and work, while others never stopped skating. See the segment here.

Jubilee celebrates Jefferson Park, 9/14

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.

Public invited to discuss Jefferson Park tree removal

The community is invited to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, August 27 from 7 – 8 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center to discuss new emergency access road construction and removal of 22 white poplar trees on the edge of Jefferson Park.

Construction of an emergency access road for the VA hospital has caused root loss to 22 trees between the hospital and Jefferson Park. The trees were in poor condition previous to the construction and root loss.

The Veterans’ Administration Health Care System will fund the restoration of landscaping and replanting of trees at a 2:1 ratio when the construction project is finished.

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Yadrick at 206-615-1046 or michael.yadrick@seattle.gov.

“Skateable art” inspires questions, concerns

Jefferson Park neighbors and local skaters had plenty of questions and concerns at a meeting Monday night sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation regarding the proposed “skateable art” installation at the Park. Discussion, after the presentation of the project, became intense and occasionally heated. The seats at the Jefferson Community Center were not packed, but most attendees to the meeting had something to say.

Pam Kliment, a planner from Parks and Recreation, opened the meeting by stating that three sites for the skate sculpture had been tentatively chosen in Jefferson Park. Red Bull energy drinks, the sponsor of the project, hope to “have the project in the ground” no
later than August. Kliment added, “Red Bull has dealt honorably with the Parks Department.”

Ryan Barth, identifying himself as a “cheerperson” for local skateboarding activities and by the Parks Department as a representative of the Seattle Sports Advisory Council, praised the city’s “great skateboarding culture.” He mentioned that Red Bull had decided on Jefferson Park after an inquiry into putting the sculpture at Myrtle Edwards Park “didn’t work out,” in large part because of the park’s neighbors.

Bob Snyder, Marketing Manager for Red Bull in Seattle, took the floor. He gave his word that Red Bull was “not here just to advertise our brand,” and the purpose of his company is “to give people and ideas wings.” He said Seattle has been chosen for the skate sculpture out of seven cities originally considered.

Metal artist C.J. Rench showed a short presentation of his previous projects, giving an idea of what the completed sculpture will look like. He mentioned that he’s working in collaboration with Torey Pudwill, a prominent professional street skater, to work on the artistic and skateable aspects of the sculpture at once.

After a short announcement from a man who entered the meeting to say a Pontiac in the parking lot had had its window smashed, Kliment opened the floor to questions and comments.

Frederica Merrell of the Jefferson Park Alliance spoke out against the three proposed sites, saying all three are in heavily-trafficked areas and might also interfere with irrigation. She proposed placing the skate sculpture at Lafayette Avenue South or on the west side of the reservoir at 16th Avenue South. She encouraged Red Bull and the Parks Department to “go back to the site discussion.” She also mentioned that the existing art pieces in the park are attracting graffiti and tagging, so that would be a concern for any new art piece.

Mira Latoszek, also of the Jefferson Park Alliance, wanted to make sure that the skate sculpture would not interfere with the general layout and “flow” of the park: “We worked in the spirit of the Olmsteds [when designing the Park].”

Other discussions involved the level or levels of skating ability the sculpture would require, and whether the piece would attract crime or graffiti/tagging issues. Ryan Barth spoke in favor of installing a graffiti wall that would allow graffiti artists and taggers to express themselves within the limits of the wall, although Merrell seemed skeptical of this idea.

The parties present agreed to meet later in the week to review a map of the park and discuss alternate sites to the three proposed so far.

See the 24-page presentation for the project, including information on the artist and the planned schedule, here.

This map shows the possible locations selected by Red Bull and Seattle Parks for a skateable art piece in Jefferson Park.
This map shows the possible locations selected by Red Bull and Seattle Parks for a skateable art piece in Jefferson Park.

Community invited to discuss Jefferson Park skateable art

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.

Lights on to prevent fireworks at Jefferson Park

Fireworks debris at Jefferson Park on July 5, 2009. Photo by Joel Lee.
Lights will stay on well into the night at Jefferson Playfield (4165 16th Ave. S.) on Thursday evening, July 4. Seattle Parks and Recreation plans to activate the field lighting on the artificial turf ballfields throughout the city at 8:45 p.m. to discourage the use of fireworks, which can damage or destroy turf. The destruction of park turf is no small matter; it costs approximately $1.2 million to replace the average full-size artificial turf field.

The lights at Jefferson will be turned off at 11 p.m.

Weekly BBQ and Bowls starts this Friday

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.