Earlier this year FOLKpark (Friends of Lower Kinnear Park) won a $15,000 grant from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods for the revitalization of the five acres of urban forest located in Lower Queen Anne, and now the volunteer-based group is asking the community for input and ideas. Last month the group hired on HBB Landscape Architecture, a firm with strong experience in sustainable, green design and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), to work with the neighborhood to develop a conceptual plan for the enhancement of the park.
“HBB quickly emerged as the top candidate among a field of highly qualified firms,” FOLKpark chair Debi Frausto said in a press release (.pdf) last week. “They have an impressive track record of relevant projects and are committed to working with the community. Now it’s up to us to tell them how we want to use our park.”
FOLKpark has invited Queen Anne residents to meet the landscape architects and discuss both opportunities and challenges for Lower Kinnear Park at a “walk and talk” on Saturday, January 9. The group will be meeting at the park entrance at the west end of W. Roy St. at 10 a.m. rain or shine to take a stroll through the grounds.
The group has also set up three public meetings to receive community feedback and follow the draft plan process. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Bayview Retirement Community, located at 11 W. Aloha St, and will seek community input on the plan. The second meeting, held on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will present a draft plan for the park, and the third meeting will be held on Thursday, April 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to go over the final draft plan and next steps for the project. For more information visit FOLKpark.org.