Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale

Looking east across the Picardo Farm P-Patch we also see one of the adjacent buildings of University Prep.

The Picardo Farm P-Patch will have a Plant Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 23 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The P-Patch is located at 8040 25th Ave NE and can also be entered from the north side off of NE 82nd Street.

In the 1970′s the Picardo Farm was acquired by the City of Seattle as the first P-Patch and today this community garden still has a very active group of participants.

The sale will feature tomato plants, some herbs, squash and other vegetable plants, some from Picardo gardeners and some from Neighbor Sally, a local grower. Proceeds of the May 23rd sale will go into the P-Patch general account for garden needs like wheelbarrow repairs and tools.

Spring Recreation Programs

Spring is on the way, and with it a new season of programs at Seattle Parks & Recreation.  Registration opens on March 10th for everything from swimming classes to art, dance and special interests such as computers.  Take a look at the brochure of recreation offerings and get ready to Spring into action.

Summer Camps 2015

Registration is now open for summer camps sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation.  Kids can have amazing summer opportunities in community center and parks.

Options include Summer Day Camps from 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday, for ages 5-12, preschool camps and a host of other camps including Sports & Fitness, Performing Arts, Science and much, much more.  Here is the link to info and the on-line brochure.

Winter 2015 at the Community Centers

Brochures are available now for the Winter 2015 schedule at the Seattle Parks & Recreation Community Centers, and registration opens on December 2nd.

Yes, folks, winter is coming, but you can overcome that seasonal “blah” feeling by enrolling in exercise and activities at a nearby community center.  The community centers of northeast Seattle, including Magnuson, Meadowbrook, Northgate and Ravenna-Eckstein, offer everything from swim lessons to dance classes, art to cooking.  Take a look at the listings, plan ahead to keep active and learn new skills in the winter season.

Wetland Walks

The seasonal schedule has ended for Magnuson Community Center‘s Family Wetland Walks, but you can still schedule a Custom Nature Walk for your group, such as a child’s birthday party.   You may be interested in a guided adventure to see the over-wintering waterfowl that are arriving in the wetlands, the Tree Frogs that are migrating back to the wetlands for winter hibernation and mating, plus an emerging view of the Beaver lodge from behind the Willow trees! Call 206-684-7026.

The NE 65th Street entrance to Magnuson will be closed on November 8th for a race through the Park, so schedule your activities accordingly.

Magnuson Park Welcomes Seattle’s New Public Gallery

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Sand Point Arts and Cultural (SPACE) in Building 30 at Magnuson Park invites the public to a grand opening reception from 4 to 6 PM featuring a special exhibit of artworks on loan from the City of Seattle’s Portable Works collection. Normally only on view in downtown buildings, with this exhibit the public can enjoy significant works in a park environment and celebrate Seattle’s new public arts facility.

Deborah Paine, Curator and Collections Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, will give a short presentation of the works included in the exhibit and refreshments will be served. Artworks included in the exhibit include sculpture and paintings from artists Robert Maki, Mary Henry, Ronald Bladen, Issac Layman, Gaylen Hansen, Ross Palmer Beecher and John Feodorov.

Also that day, Building 30 artist studios will be open to the public from 1 to 5 PM, with over 24 studios open throughout all three floors of the west wing.

Adding to the bonanza of art in the park that weekend, Best of the Northwest’s craft show takes place in Hangar 30 on October 24, 25 and 26.

This event and the gallery are managed by SPACE, the non-profit organization formed to fund, facilitate and promote arts and cultural uses of Warren G. Magnuson Park for the public. The executive director of SPACE is Wedgwood resident Julianna Ross.

Clean-Up at Magnuson Park

The Washington State Department of Ecology has announced a public meeting on clean-up of radioactive material at Magnuson Park.  It has been more than a year since clean-up was proposed, and a progress report will be given.  The meeting will be held in the Mountaineers Building on Tuesday, October 21.  There will be an open house from 6 to 7 PM with panel presentations and Q & A from 7 to 9 PM.  From Sand Point Way NE, enter Magnuson Park at NE 74th Street and take an immediate left to the Mountaineers Building.

When Will the New Wedgwood Park be Built? – UPDATE

Back in August, Seattle voters passed Proposition 1 (Parks for All) which funds the Seattle Legacy Plan developed by a Citizens Oversight Committee.  The most publicized aspect of this plan was the formation of the Seattle Metropolitan Parks District (FYI, you can apply to be on the Seattle Parks District Citizens Oversight Committee. Applications due by Oct 20th).  But, there was more in Proposition 1 than just the establishment of the parks district.

Less publicized, but very important to Wedgwood, was that funding was included to develop the 14 land banked park properties acquired through the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.  One of these 14 park owned properties is our very own Morningside Substation site at the intersection of 35th Ave NE and NE 86th St.

According to our email with Mr. Shiosaki, Seattle Parks Director of Planning and Development, about $750,000 is budgeted to develop each site.  This funding becomes available in 2016 and Parks is planning to plan and develop 3-4 sites over the following 5 years in the order of their acquisition.  As our park site was one of the latest park site to be acquired, we’re likely looking at park development in 2019-2021.

So, the good news is that funding is set aside for park design and development which means we don’t have to pursue grants.  But, park development likely will be a few years down the road.  Parks is open to interim uses of the site in the mean time.

The Seattle Times has a story on the funding for park design and development, which you can read here.

Scarecrow Mini Fest at Magnuson

Saturday September 27th, 2014

11 AM to 2 PM

Magnuson Children’s Garden & Demonstration Orchard/behind the Brig

The 2014 Scarecrow Mini Fest at Magnuson Park features a free concert, a scavenger hunt in the Community Garden Orchard, Children’s Garden exploration and nature art, garden games, kids activities, a ride-on kiddie tractor corral, and of course, making scarecrows!

You bring the clothes for your scarecrow and a pillow case for the head.  The straw and frame materials can be supplied to you for $15.  Put your scarecrow on display during the Mini Fest and see if you win the grand prize!

Fun for the whole family! Admission to the Mini-Fest is free; $15 fee for scarecrow-making.


Beat the Heat on Labor Day Weekend

The one-year-old Tennis Center Sand Point will have a Beat the Heat round of activities over Labor Day weekend, August 28 to 31, 2014.  This indoor facility is located at 7135 Sports Field Drive NE near the entrance to Magnuson Park and has plenty of available free parking.  Check out the schedule of upcoming events, including tennis tournaments and lessons for all ages, from children to seniors.  Keep cool on Labor Day weekend with a visit to the Tennis Center’s cafe, miniature golf course, and pro shop.