April 23rd, 2013 by Laura
Lower 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!
Tags: FOLKpark, Lower Kinnear Park, volunteer
February 20th, 2013 by Laura
New Off-Leash Sign at Kinnear Park
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.
Tags: dog park, Lower Kinnear Park, off-leash
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
GRASSY KNOLL VIEWPOINT
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
W. OLYMPIC PLACE ENTRANCE AND TRAIL
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.)
Tags: Lower Kinnear Park
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.
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).
Tags: Bayview Retirement Community, community meeting, FOLKpark, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park, Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, HBB Landscape Architects, Lower Kinnear Park, Lower Kinnear Park enhancement project, open house, Seattle Parks and Recreation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tags: Alaskan Way Viaduct, Debi Frausto, FOLKpark, Lower Kinnear Park, Mary Chapman, Mayor McGinn, Mercer Corridor Project, Mercer West Project, Nickerson Road Diet, QACC, Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, Queen Anne Community Council, SDOT, Seattle Department of Transportation, Uptown Loop, West Mercer Place
February 22nd, 2011 by Thea
The Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) and Uptown Alliance rummage sale you’ve been hearing so much about lately is happening this weekend, from Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27, at 512 1st Ave N in Lower Queen Anne.
FOLKpark and the Uptown Alliance have been soliciting donations from the community for the sale, which will benefit both organizations and the work they do in the community.
FOLKpark is currently raising money for the redevelopment of Lower Kinnear Park, an effort that has been several years in the making by the FOLKpark community volunteers. (Check out more past coverage of FOLKpark’s work to redesign and clean up Lower Kinnear Park here).
The organizations has collected tons of unique and interesting finds up for grabs at the sale – everything from a portable picnic table that folds up into a suitcase, to a men’s tuxedo, vintage wedding dress, swanky suede roller skates and more. Swing by to dig in and search for some second-hand treasures during the following hours this weekend:
- Friday, February 25 from 4 to 8 p.m.–Preview Event
- Saturday, February 26 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.–Sale all day
- Sunday, February 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.–Close-out sale
Rummage shoppers should be sure to have cash in hand–the group will not be able to take credit card purchases. Check out the event’s Facebook page here.
Tags: events, FOLKpark, fundraiser, Lower Kinnear Park, rummage sale, sales, Uptown Alliance, weekend
January 24th, 2011 by Thea
Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) and the Uptown Alliance are hosting a rummage sale next month to raise money for the redevelopment of Lower Kinnear Park, an effort that has been several years in the making by the FOLKpark community volunteers. (Peruse our past coverage of FOLKpark’s work to redesign and clean up Lower Kinnear Park here).
While the rummage sale won’t take place until the last weekend of February (Friday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, Feb. 27), but FOLKpark is already collecting donations to be sold at the sale. The rummage sale will be held at 512 1st Ave N in Lower Queen Anne. Community members who’d like to donate their old stuff to FOLKpark for the rummage sale should contact Jean Sundborg at 206-283-6140 and arrange a time to bring their donations to the sale site.
FOLKpark is also looking for volunteers work the days of the sale, and in the weeks coming up to the event, helping to prepare. If you’d like to volunteer, reach out to FOLKpark via its Facebook page, or by calling the number above.
Tags: donations, FOLKpark, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park, Lower Kinnear Park, Lower Queen Anne, rummage sale, Uptown Alliance, volunteers
September 23rd, 2010 by Doug Alder
Tonight, FOLKpark and some landscape architects are asking for your ideas on how to include Lower Kinnear Park in an uptown loop trail. The special workshop takes place tonight (9/23) from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Queen Anne Neighborhood Center (160 Roy Street). For more information and to RSVP, go to their Facebook page.
Image above from FOLKpark detailing Uptown Loop and how Lower Kinnear Park acts as a link to the waterfront. Click here for larger maps.
Tags: FOLKpark, Lower Kinnear Park
August 26th, 2010 by Thea
This weekend Queen Anne-ers will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the neighborhood’s best eats, while supporting our own local nonprofit, FOLKpark. The volunteer organization dedicated to revitalizing Lower Kinnear Park has put together Happy Hour on the Hill event/fundraiser this Saturday, August 28 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
A $15 ticket will get you access to a bunch of ‘happy hour’ discounts at local restaurants and sweet shops. All of the proceeds will go toward helping FOLKpark reach it’s Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund requirement. The organization won the $100,000 city grant earlier this month, and needs to raise at least $50,000 to be awarded the funds, which will be used in the upcoming design development phase of the Lower Kinnear Park Enhancement Plan. (The community actively helped develop this plan last spring. See the finalized plan here).
The following Queen Anne locations are participating in Happy Hour on the Hill:
- Betty – $8 drink and appetizer combo
- Paragon – $5 Martinis and $7 Appetizers
- Eat Local – Free farro salad with any purchase and get 2 bottles of Viognier for the price of one at $16.98
- Chocolopolis – $1 Chocolopolis truffles (limit 2) & 50% of a chocolate drink
- Wink – 15% off all cupcakes
Tickets are available at any of the participating locations, or can be purchased at the Uptown Stroll and art walk this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Counterbalance Park (at Queen Anne Ave N and W Roy St).
The fundraiser in being put on in conjunction with the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce. If you can’t make it to Happy Hour on the Hill, but would like to donate to FOLKpark, you can make a donation via PayPal on the organization’s website.
Those interested in volunteering with FOLKpark should contact Phil Prahst at email@example.com.
Tags: Betty, Chocolopolis, Eat Local, events, FOLKpark, fundraiser, Happy Hour on the Hill, Lower Kinnear Park, Paragon, Uptown Stroll, volunteering, Wink
July 6th, 2010 by Doug Alder
It looks like an off-leash dog area in Queen Anne has new life. Four years ago, there was a plan to add the area to Lower Kinnear Park. After several community meetings and site selections, the plan sat on the shelf. But we’ve learned that funding for design and planning will become available in late 2011, and construction could start in 2012.
The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates funding for the project. The parks department has worked closely with Friends of Lower Kinnear Park on the 5400 square foot site, which can be seen as #2 on the map below (click the map to enlarge).
Another off-leash area has been designated at Magnolia Manor Park in Magnolia. The parks department tells us that both projects will go through another full public process. For background on the site selections that took place back in 2006, click here.
Tags: Lower Kinnear Park, off-leash
May 4th, 2010 by Thea
Over the last year FOLKpark has been awarded two city grants, held a number of community meetings and park clean-ups, and helped develop a conceptual plan for the redevelopment of Lower Kinnear Park. Now the organization is preparing to take the next steps: raising the funds necessary to actually instigate the enhancement plan.
This Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. FOLKpark invites community members to participate in an informal meeting and help brainstorm fundraising and event ideas for the next phase of the park’s redevelopment. The meeting will be held at the Ten Mercer restaurant, located at, you guessed it, 10 Mercer St. in Lower Queen Anne, and will last approximately one hour.
“Now that the enhancement plans to Lower Kinnear Park have been finalized, our fund raising efforts will now move into full swing. Your help is now truly needed!” said FOLKpark Volunteer Coordinator Phil Prahst.
Phil asks that anyone planning to attend please RSVP by either emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or joining the event on Facebook.
Tags: community meeting, event, FOLKpark, fundraising, Lower Kinnear Park, redevelopment
April 20th, 2010 by Thea
Volunteers will be celebrating Earth Day (Thursday, April 22), by clearing out invasive plants at Lower Kinnear Park this Saturday, April 24. For those interested in participating, volunteers will be meeting at the Roy Street entrance to the park and working from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The clean-up is being spearheaded by the Scientology Environmental Task Force, which has been an active supporter of community group FOLKpark‘s efforts to redevelop and revive Lower Kinnear Park.
Tags: Clean-up, Earth Day, FOLKpark, Lower Kinnear Park, Scientology Environmental Task Force, volunteers