March 6th, 2013 by Laura
As part of an interlocal agreement, the city of Seattle will receive $200,000 in King County Conservation Futures Tax Levy (CFT) funds to purchase property in the Northeast Queen Anne Greenspace. The property is a wooded ravine that connects Trolley Hill Park and the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt.
The property has been a long-term acquisition priority for the Seattle Parks Department. It is key to the Queen Anne Neighborhood plan, was identified as a target acquisition in the 1989 Open Space Bond Program. The Greenbelt is the forested hillside on the eastern slope of Queen Anne, above Aurora Ave N.
The funding also includes $1 million towards acquiring a 5-acre shoreline property on Elliot Bay adjacent to Smith Cove Park that’ll provide “significant” waterfront access. It’ll eventually connect to the Pier 91 bikeway, benefitting Queen Anne and Magnolia, as well as other Seattleites and visitors who want to enjoy the area by bike.
King County CFT funds are collected throughout King County as a dedicated portion of the property tax for the acquisition of open space and resource lands. In addition to Queen Anne and Magnolia, Greenwood will also benefit from $250,000 in funding for the city of Seattle to acquire the Greenwood Urban Village Park.
Tags: Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt, Trolley Hill Park
June 30th, 2011 by Thea
Queen Anne’s Trolley Hill Park was covered with red graffiti last week, and according to one neighbor, Vicki, so far nothing has been done to fix the extensive damage.
“Last week I noticed some red spray paint tags on real estate signs and parking signs near my apartment building (on Taylor Ave, right where it merges with 5th Ave.). Then when I was walking my dog in Trolley Hill Park I came across the saddest sight. Huge amounts of tagging on all the wood tables and benches, and down the entire length of a large tree’s trunk. Things like “Bloods” “Crip Killers” “KKK” and anarchy signs,” she wrote Queen Anne View. “Likely not really anything gang related, probably just some brats with some spray paint. Still SO sad.”
Trolley Hill Park is tucked away on the east side of the hill at 5th N and Blaine Street, and because of this it is more secluded and one of Queen Anne the neighborhood’s lesser known parks. The park includes a natural kids play area, a picnic area with tables and benches, a community P-Patch, and a beautiful view. It was named after one of the main trolley lines leading up Queen Anne Hill , which was in operation from 1890 to 1940.
In all cases of vandalism, officials recommend swift and and thorough action. When vandalism takes place on public property, as in this case, the City of Seattle takes on the responsibility of cleaning it up. Graffiti found on public property can be reported by calling the City of Seattle’s Hotline at (206) 684-7587, or filling out this online report form.
The graffiti at Trolley Hill Park was reported to the city’s response line this morning, and crews will be looking into the incident, though they were not able to provide a definite timeline for when the graffiti would be removed, though the city says that action will be taken in a timely manner.
For graffiti on private property, the city provides a number of resources to help residents respond. If you find vandalism on your property, the city recommends you document the vandalism for insurance purposes and call the Seattle Police Department’s non-emergency number (206) 625-5011 and file a report. If you witness an act of graffiti or vandalism in progress, it is recommended that you call 911, as vandals must be caught in the act to be prosecuted. For more information on what to do about vandalism in the community, check out the city’s resources here and here.
“Property with graffiti that has not been removed in a reasonable amount of time may be subject to fines under the Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance,” according to the Seattle Police Department website.
Though the city will be handling the incident at Trolley Hill Park, Vicki says she’s ready to take some action in the meantime.
“I’m going to head over to the park at 11 a.m. on Saturday to try and do some scrubbing, if anyone wants to help they are more than welcome to join me,” she wrote. “I go to this park every day and its just infuriating to look at.”
Even when city crews tackle public graffiti, they often ask for community volunteers to help them with the clean-up, so Vicki’s efforts are very much welcomed. Get more information on how to organize a Volunteer Graffiti Clean-Up Event here to keep a four-block area in your community graffiti free (Seattle Public Utilities provides the supplies and waiver forms needed for the event), or learn more about taking part in SPU’s Summer Paint Out program in July or August (again, SPU provides free paint in white, brown or gray, and rollers, brushes, scrapers, and gloves).
Supplies can be picked up at the Seattle Public Utilities warehouse (3633 E Marginal Way S) on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In order to receive the supplies, you must register first – use the link, email email@example.com or call 206-684-7790.
* Thanks to Vicki for the tip and pictures!
Tags: City of Seattle, graffiti, Seattle Public Utilities, Summer Paint Out, Trolley Hill Park, vandalism, volunteer graffiti clean-up
April 9th, 2010 by Thea
A few days ago we reported that the grass at Trolley Hill Park had been damaged, presumably by a Bobcat tractor that appeared to have left tracks all over the park. One of our readers, Stephanie, tipped us off to the situation and expressed concern over who was responsible.
“There are tire tracks all over the lawn up there. There is a Bobcat sitting next to what looks like a residential rockery job adjacent to the park but it doesn’t look like simply collateral damage. Maybe someone came and took the Bobcat for a joyride? If it’s Park Dept. or some landscaping employee, they need a map,” she wrote.
Parks and Recreation Public Information representative Joelle Hammerstad did a little digging for us, and found that the Bobcat was not commissioned by the Parks department, and in fact belongs to a private company, Total Grounds Management, who was hired to do some work on a private residence near the park, at 515 Howe St. Joelle wrote,
It appears that there was some miscommunication between the homeowner and the on-site project manager for TGM.
Seattle Parks and Recreation did not give TGM permission to use the park for access to the private residence for their construction project. Nor did we give them permission to use the park as a staging area. We have spoken with TGM and asked them to remove a pile of gravel, as well as the bobcat from the park.
According to Joelle, TMG apologized for the incident and has agreed to work with Parks and Rec to repair the damage to the park. Parks and Rec and TMG will be meeting this coming Monday, April 12 to review the restoration plan.
Tags: damage, parks and recreation, restoration, Total Grounds Management, Trolley Hill Park
January 29th, 2010 by Thea
EarthCorps, The Kavana Cooperative and The Ravenna Kibbutz are getting together this Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt (Trolley Hill Park) to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, Judaism’s new year of trees, a little differently – with a forest restoration project!
EarthCorps will be teaching forest restoration and safety to volunteers,and The Kavana Cooperative will be offering a short session on the meaning and history of Tu B’Shevat over lunch.
For more information on how to get involved, contact EarthCorps Volunteer Program Manager Chris LaPointe at (206) 322-9296, ext. 217 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach the event day contact, Lina Rose, at (206) 793-2454.
Tags: EarthCorps, NE Queen Anne Greenbelt, restoration project, The Kavana Cooperative, The Ravenna Kibbutz, Trolley Hill Park, Tu B'Shevat
September 23rd, 2009 by Thea
Nearly 800 Seattle Pacific University freshman and transfer students will start off the new school year by spending their first day in college volunteering all over the city. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, students will lead volunteers groups to fix up houses, clean parks, remove graffiti and participate in other projects at 30 different locations around town, as part of SPU’s “CityQuest,” an annual community service orientation.
Volunteers will be working at two sites in Queen Anne. At A.C.E. Language Institute at 200 West Mercer Street, they will welcome international students, assist with basic English language learning and participate in cultural discussions. At Trolley Hill Park, located at the intersection of 5th Ave N and Taylor Ave N, volunteers will help fix up the grounds by removing invasive plants and spreading gravel and woodchips (a constant endeavor that many groups have been participating in this summer).
Check out what CityQuest projects are happening this weekend in Phinney Ridge/Greenwood at our sister site, Phinneywood.com. For a list of city-wide projects, click here.
Tags: ACE, CityQuest, SPU, Trolley Hill Park, volunteering