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Dog Owners: take the city’s survey on dog parks (existing and future)

July 23rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Seattle Dog ParksIf you’re a Queen Anne dog owner, take note – the city is soliciting feedback from Seattle dog owners on dog parks and general dog-o-graphic info (e.g. how many dogs you own, size of dog, breed of dog, etc.). The SurveyMonkey survey will help inform Seattle City Officials as they plan for the next few decades of off-leash policies via an Off-Leash Area Strategic Plan.

As a dog owner, I took the survey and there are several sections that allow you to write in comments. I’ve heard from many dog owners that the need for a dog park on Upper Queen Anne is critical. People use the city parks like Big Howe for their dogs, but the city is cracking down and ticketing people for off-leash dogs. The map shows existing dog parks and the lack of options for Upper Queen Anne residents.

This survey is your chance to let the city know that Lower Kinnear Park’s Off Leash Area only serves part of our neighborhood (and, hey, it needs a water source – let them know!). If you think an option like Rodgers Park would be a good location for a dog park, let the city know and put it in the open comments in the survey!

If you’re a dog owner, take the survey today!

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Dogs and owners invited to Lower Kinnear Park Off Leash Area work party this Saturday

January 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Kinnear Park signIt’s time for another Lower Kinnear Park Off Leash Area work party, but this time both owners and their pups are welcome to join in.

Volunteers are key to keeping our local Dog Park up and running is the help of volunteers. If you use the park, consider chipping in this Saturday, January 17th, to help clean it up.

This Saturday’s Work Party also starts at a more leisurely time, running from 11am to 2pm. Tools will be provided and snacks will be served too. All volunteers can bring their dogs to the event.

If you drive to the event, you can park at a dedicated parking lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at the end of W. Mercer Street. (Enter from 904 Elliott Ave W).

RSVPs are not necessary, just show up and help out! Woof!

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Help out furry friends and join a Lower Kinnear Off Leash Area work party this Saturday

December 9th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Lower Kinnear Dog Park dog and ballDo you and your pup use the Lower Kinnear Park Off Leash Area? Or, do you just like having the option for a dog park on Queen Anne? Well, if you answered yes, here’s how you can give back: join a Lower Kinnear Dog Park Work Party this Saturday, December 13th.

The Work Party kicks off at 10am and runs through 1pm. Tools will be provided and snacks too! You can park at a dedicated parking lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at the end of W. Mercer Street. (Enter from 904 Elliott Ave W).

While it’s a dog park clean-up, it’s not a dog-friendly event. Dogs must be left at home during the Work Party. It’s humans-only until 1pm, when you can head home, fetch your furry friend, and return to a spruced up Off Leash Area.

RSVPs are not necessary, just show up and help out! Woof!

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Celebrate Lower Kinnear Park at grand opening on Saturday

April 25th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Lower Kinnear Park has received quite a facelift thanks to a park improvement project that has revamped the park, added a dog park, refurbished the tennis court, and more – and now it’s time to celebrate the snazzy improvements with a grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, April 26.

Kinnear PosterLower Kinnear Park is a 10-acre sustainable forest that boasts one of five madrone forests in Seattle. A Seattle city landmark, the park has been updated with a widened pathway through the forested grounds planted with native plants – the removal of invasive non-native plants was also part of the forest improvements.

FOLKpark (Friends of Lower Kinnear Park) raised nearly $1 million for the renovation, and they’re co-sponsoring the celebration event with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

All are welcome to attend the celebration, and FOLKpark is encouraging people to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Queen Anne Food Bank.

Join the celebration from 1pm to 3pm at Lower Kinnear Park (601 W Roy St) and take part in games, a scavenger hunt, pickle ball, a native bird tour, dog park tour, tree talk, and more. Live music will help set the festive stage for the community event, and all are welcome!

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Join the Lower Kinnear Dog Park work party and make it a safe, clean place for four-legged friends

November 5th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Lower Kinnear Dog Park dog and ball

The Lower Kinnear Off-Leash Area (aka Dog Park) opened back in February, and it’s been a great spot for Uptown and Queen Anne canines to frolic and play. However, dog parks don’t just regenerate – they require work from human overlords to keep them clean and freshened up.

That’s where you come in – volunteers are needed at a work party this Saturday, November 9th from 10am to noon. This operation is a human-only endeavor, as new wood chips will be spread about with shovels and the city’s heavy duty equipment isn’t dog-friendly.

Lower Kinnear Dog Park tug of warThe last work party was a party of only two, and that’s just not enough! Hey, it has a 10am start, a pretty reasonable hour for a Saturday, and your pup and others will benefit from the 2 hours you donate.

There’ll be coffee, water and lite bites for volunteers. Plus, you get to meet other dog park supporters and help get the park ready for our rainy season.

Lower Kinnear Dog Park dogsShow up at the Lower Kinnear Dog Park work party this Saturday, November 9, 10am-noon. You can access the park from a lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at904 Elliott Ave W or you can walk through the park from the entrance on Roy St.

And note, the park is closed to pups during the work hours. But, after the work is over, the pups can roam freely on fresh wood chips in a safe environment!


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Help find Mazzy – lost dog near Lower Kinnear Park

July 4th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

MazzyAround 3:20pm on Wednesday, July 3rd, Mazzy slipped out of her collar near the Taco Time on 15th Ave W and ran south. She was last spotted at Lower Kinnear Park last night.

Mazzy is a young female golden retriever mix. She was being dropped off at the Downtown Dog Lounge when she got spooked and slipped out of her collar.

Per the Craigslist post: If you see her, DO NOT CHASE. She is scared of people and may run. Her name is Mazzy. Contact ASAP if you see her – call/text 206-790-9111.

Also – with tonight being the 4th of July, please be sure your pets are safe and secure. Here are some key tips from the Seattle Animal Shelter:

  • Keep pet indoors or otherwise secured when fireworks are being shot off.
  • Consult your veterinarian beforehand if you think your pet may need to be sedated.
  • Take your pet outside to relieve itself before it gets dark.
  • If you take your pet to a park, do not leave it locked in a car.
  • Do not take your pet to public fireworks displays.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, such as a current pet license.
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    Help out Lower Kinnear Park this Saturday

    May 28th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

    Kinnear Park signThis Saturday, June 1st, a group of volunteers will be gathering for a planting party at Lower Kinnear Park, and everyone is welcome to pitch in and help. The group will be planting trees and shrubs that were moved during recent construction.

    The work party runs from 9am to noon, just meet near the concrete trail halfway to the dog park. Tools will be provided, but bring your own water and sturdy shoes (and, dress for the weather, whatever it may be). Gloves are not required, but if you have a pair, bring them along.

    For more information, contact Dave Scattergood via email or just show up with a friend or two on Saturday morning.

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    Take the FOLKpark survey and volunteer for fun Summer and Fall events

    April 23rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

    FOLKpark logoLower Kinnear Park will be getting many needed improvements this summer and fall, including trail upgrades, a refurbishing of the tennis court, and new hillside vegetation. Ultimately, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) is paving the way for improved safety, ADA access to certain areas, and upgrades of several park entrances.

    To achieve these Phase 2 goals, FOLKpark is applying for a Department of Neighborhood Large Project grant and is asking for community members’ help to get the grant.

    What do they need? Obviously, a cash donation is always welcome, but FOLKpark also needs people to volunteer their time. If you can pledge a minimum of 4-6 hours in 2013 to help out Lower Kinnear Park, take the FOLKpark Volunteer Pledge and Survey.

    And, here’s what’s on tap for Summer/Fall – all events that need volunteers:

    • series of “Talks in the Park” exploring the history, design, plants, and wildlife in the Park
    • ribbon cutting ceremony after the Phase I improvements are complete
    • tennis event to celebrate the completion of the tennis court renovation
    • “doggie event” for the Lower Kinnear Park off leash dog park

    The survey is short (10 questions) and it includes a pledge to help FOLKpark with the volunteer and cash match it needs. Take the survey today and help out one of our local parks!

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    Lower Kinnear’s off-leash dog park now open with celebration planned for Sunday

    February 20th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

    New Off-Leash Sign at Kinnear Park
    Dogs Welcome!

    Queen Anne finally has its first off-leash dog park at Lower Kinnear Park – and it’s ready and waiting for your well-behaved pup to enjoy! I stopped by the park earlier this week, and aside from one pug and his owner, the park was quiet, like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

    It’ll soon be full of happy pups, as the official opening celebration is this Sunday, February 24th. The off-leash area is a COLA (Citizens for Off Leash Areas) park; COLA is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization that supports and maintains Seattle’s off-leash dog parks.

    Approaching the new OLA from Roy St entrance

    COLA worked with Seattle Parks’ landscape architects Joe Neiford and Frank Robinson to design the new off-leash area (OLA), which includes a kiosk, wooden fencing, wood chip surfacing, a bench, and native plantings on the adjacent hillside.

    The Seattle Conservation Corps constructed the 5,400 square foot off-leash area and thanks to the efforts of COLA, Seattle Parks, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark), and the Queen Anne community, local canines now have a safe place to play off-leash, socialize with other pups, and promote a safe park and strengthen neighborhood bonds.

    View coming from Elliott Ave W parking lot

    Seattle dogs and their people are invited to join the opening celebration on Sunday, February 24th from noon-3pm. You can access the park from a lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at 904 Elliott Ave W or you can walk through the park from the entrance on Roy St. (it’s a short, pleasant walk, the park has crushed stone paths and new plantings mixed with giant old trees).

    The Kinnear Park off-leash area is part of a larger renovation of the park via funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund (Lower Kinnear Opportunity Fund). The community worked with Seattle Parks and HBB Landscape Architects to design improved trail connections and signage, a restored tennis court, and a natural setting with native plants.

    For more information about the Lower Kinnear Off Leash Area or to volunteer at the OLA, contact Patrick Jones via email or at 206.913.7261.

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    Get an update on the Lower Kinnear Park improvement project

    October 14th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

    As the final decisions are being made for the restoration of Lower Kinnear Park, hear an update from the landscape architects at a meeting next week.

    “The project goal is to create enhancements that improve trails and signage, restore the native vegetation and make connections to other trails in the Seattle Parks system.,” according to the Parks Department website. The park will also have a dog off-leash area

    Here are some of the improvements being made, from the FOLKPark website:

    Highlights of the preliminary grading plan around the W. Roy St entrance and the tennis court include:
    * Making the trail to the court ADA accessible
    * Opening sight lines for better safety
    * Preserving the State Champion Linden tree and the beautiful purple Beech tree
    * Keeping the walls along the path low and made of natural materials
    * Transforming the court into a multi-sport court for tennis and basketball
    * Adding steps along the trail for easier movement

    Highlights of the preliminary grading plan from the main trail up to the Grassy Knoll Viewpoint include:
    * Preserving significant trees
    * Making the trail to the viewpoint ADA accessible

    Highlights of the preliminary grading plan include:
    * Strong entrance design with plants and kiosk
    * Retaining walls along the trail to minimize erosion
    * Steps long the swtichback trail for smoother grade
    * Use of natural material

    The Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark), Department of Neighborhoods and Seattle Parks and Recreation, along with HBB Landscape Architects, will provide the community update on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Bayview Retirement Community (11 W. Aloha Street.)

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    Public meeting on Lower Kinnear Park Thursday

    June 27th, 2011 by Thea

    Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark), and HBB Landscape Architects are hosting a community meeting on the Lower Kinnear Park enhancement project this Thursday, June 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bayview Retirement Community, located at 11 W Aloha Street.

    From FOLKpark:

    Join FOLKpark, HBB Landscape Architects and Seattle Parks to learn more about the proposed restoration of the forest, the link to the waterfront, tennis court renovation, trail improvements, off-leash area and more!  We will present findings from our arborist and geotechnical consultants and talk about funding priorities. Bring a neighbor!

    The Lower Kinnear Park enhancement project is one of fifteen projects to receive funding from the parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. You can read more about the redevelopment at the project website, or in our past coverage.

    If you can’t make it to this meeting, there will be a second meeting also at Bayview on Thursday, October 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Want to pass along information about this meeting to friends and neighbors? Download the printable flier here (.pdf).

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    SDOT presents five alternative plans at West Mercer Place open house Tuesday

    March 16th, 2011 by Jesus Chavez

    The Seattle Department of Transportation held an open house to inform and answer questions about the West Mercer Place portion of the Mercer West Project on Tuesday night.

    The open house, held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Northwest Rooms Plaza of the Seattle Center, gave the public a look at different possible plans for the street while providing a forum for comment and criticism with SDOT representatives. In the Rainier Room, posters of the different plans, stages of development, area studies and traffic analysis were displayed with a short video presentation at the front of the room.

    “It’s been a good conversation and I think we had a good turnout,” said SDOT Project Manager Eric Tweit.

    SDOT presented five alternative plans for West Mercer Place: Alternative No. 1 adds a sidewalk to West Mercer Place, Alternative No. 2 adds a sidewalk and a bike lane, Alternative No. 3 and No. 4 add the sidewalk and bike lane and extends the merge lane on West Mercer Place. Alternative No. 5, which can be a standalone or combined with any of the previous 4 alternatives, would extend the left-turn lanes on Elliott Avenue West. The illustrations of alternative No. 1 and No. 2 can be seen here, No. 3 and No. 4 can be seen here, and Elliot Avenue West left-turn lane extension with the alternatives summary can be seen here.

    “More traffic is going to try to use Mercer, so the question became can West Mercer Place handle it? Do we need to or do we want to even increase the capacity?” said Tweit. “We were pretty concerned about what the cost and impact would be, so this is really the culmination of that evaluation of whether there is a benefit to doing it.”

    The changes in traffic through West Mercer Place with the Mercer Corridor Project and the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct prompted many of those who live in that area to voice their opposition. (See our past coverage of public meetings and community events surrounding this debate here.)

    “We recently heard from a lot of reasonably and understandably concerned people who live on West Mercer Place, so this is an opportunity… for people to see and comment on the project,” said Tweit.

    Tweit said that those he spoke to were opposed to the addition of a lane on West Mercer Place, and, along with the increased traffic, many of them were concerned about the possible loss of parking in the area. He said of the alternatives, No. 1 and No. 5, those that made the least amount of change to the area, were most popular.

    Community representatives, from organizations like the Queen Anne Community Council, the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Neighborhoods were on hand to speak to the public and SDOT officials. Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing Mary Chapman said she was glad to see SDOT taking input from residents and businesses in the area and thought it was a positive sign.

    “I feel that the mayor did not listen to us in terms of the Nickerson street road diet, [the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce] does not support the road diet, but we really hope that they will be listening more actively as the plans for West Mercer are being developed by the Seattle Department of Transportation,” said Chapman. “We highly suggest that everybody make comments and do so very soon so that they can get as much realistic input from the people who live in the neighborhood as possible.”

    FOLKpark volunteers were on hand to present their conceptual plan for Lower Kinnear Park and the proposed Uptown Loop, a collection of pedestrian and bicycle routes that circle and traverse lower Queen Anne. FOLKpark Chair Debi Frausto said that, as the Mercer West Project coincide with Kinnear Park projects, they hope they can leverage dollars with SDOT to save money on different aspects of development, like design and surveys.

    “There are things where there are overlaps between us, like at entrances to the park. Let’s work together so that where we do them coordinates with pedestrian crossings, bicycle safety and those types of things so that we’re not designing in isolation,” said Frausto.

    The next step for SDOT is to present the alternative plans to the local community organizations and councils and evaluate public comments. This will last through April, after which SDOT will make a recommendation to Mayor McGinn.

    Comments on the alternative plans or other ideas and considerations can be e-mailed at

    Update 4:40 p.m.: Traffic moving through West Mercer Place is projected to reach more than 800 vehicles every hour by 2015, according to figures by KPFF, an engineering firm used by SDOT. These figures, presented at the open house, take into account the waterfront construction during that time. Between 590 to 660 vehicles per hour are expected to move through West Mercer Place after the Mercer Corridor and waterfront construction is completed, compared to the estimated 372 an hour that move through the street now.

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