It has been a summer of community action and clean-up in Wedgwood as groups of volunteers have undertaken needed improvements.
Weed-whacking volunteer Tony Frego is a Wedgwood Community Council trustee.
Volunteers from the Wedgwood Community Council and OneLife Church contacted the City of Seattle for needed graffiti removal at Wedgwood’s Future Park, corner of NE 86th Street. Then the volunteers held a work party on June 27th to create a Picnic Place.
On May 31st Wedgwood’s Scout Troop 166 cut back tree branches and shrubbery along the sidewalk on 35th Ave NE from NE 80th to 81st, including the plantings around the Gateposts of Wedgwood.
The most recent clean-up work was coordinated by Sustainable NE Seattle at the Gathering Place at the Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE, on July 9th, 2015. This site was first created in 2011 with permission from the Hunter family, to make a usable space for summer activities.
The Gathering Place site can be reserved for birthday parties, summer picnics, etc. by registering with the SusNE site coordinators. The next public event to be held at the Gathering Place will be Wedgwood Community Council’s Outdoor Cinema on July 25, 2015.
Our thanks to Brooke Richardson for these July 9th work party photos, and thanks to the volunteers of Sustainable NE Seattle and the Wedgwood Community Council.
Grass-cutting and stage repair was done by volunteers at a work party for The Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm on July 9, 2015.
Wedgwood Community Council President Brianna McDonald had a helper at the Work Party.
While we wait for park development to begin, the Wedgwood Community Council has taken initiative to make Wedgwood’s Future Park into a usable space. On Saturday, June 27, volunteers from the Wedgwood Community Council and OneLife Church put their backs into it to create a picnic area at the corner of NE 86th Street.
Wedgwood Community Council trustee Gordon Dass Adams submitted the application for a neighborhood matching grant to Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, for this picnic area in the center of the Future Park. Now when the food truck is on-site (Tuesday through Saturday evenings) people can use the space to sit and eat.
Our thanks to the volunteers from Wedgwood Community Council and OneLife Church. Despite the prospect of sore backs, arms, and shoulders from shoveling wood chips and hoisting picnic tables into place, all the volunteers can have the satisfaction of knowing that they helped to build our community.
Picnic tables are now in place at Wedgwood's Future Park.
Wedgwood Community Council trustee Tony Frego coordinated the supplies needed for the Work Party.
Pastor Rich Sclafani of OneLife Church arranged to obtain picnic tables and bring them to the site.
Wedgwood Community Council Gordon Dass Adams wrote the application to grant funding for the Picnic Place.
Wedgwood Community Council volunteer Peter Zimmerman gets into shoveling.
Weed removal and general clean-up was done by volunteers including Wedgwood Community Council trustee Gretchen Bear.
In November 2013 a building at 8605 35th Ave NE was demolished to clear the site for park acquisition.
When will Wedgwood’s new park be built at the vacant corner of NE 86th Street? Thanks to grass-roots volunteer efforts in Wedgwood, the site is “land banked” while waiting for development as a pocket park.
Through volunteer efforts this year, arrangements were made for a food truck on-site, and volunteers have monitored and cleaned up trash and graffiti.
Everyone is invited to join in the fun this Saturday morning, June 27th at 8 AM for a Work Party at Wedgwood’s Future Park. It is requested that volunteers bring rakes and shovels. Coffee and donuts will be available for the work party!
Volunteers will level the center space of the lot, put down weed barrier and spread mulch. The final touch will be the placing of picnic tables which have been donated by OneLife Church. The Wedgwood Community Council has applied for a SPARKS grant (Department of Neighborhoods) which will be used to at least partially reimburse OneLife for the picnic tables. Other donations from members of the community are welcomed.
The site at the corner of NE 86th Street has a sign to indicate that it is Wedgwood's future park.
If time permits, the volunteers will clean up some of the junk that has accumulated in the wood chip area near the back fence of the park.
Come on out to the Work Party at 8 AM on Saturday, June 27th, where you can get to know community activists from the Wedgwood Community Council and the volunteers from OneLife.
This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
It’s been a Very Clean Week in Wedgwood!
Wedgwood’s Scout Troop 166 trimmed trees and shrubbery along 35th Ave NE at NE 81st Street.
The corner of NE 86th Street, at present a vacant lot, is owned by Seattle Parks Department. On June 4 the City did paint-out of graffiti and junk removal from the site.
When the time comes that the Parks Dept. opens the process of turning the site into a pocket park, the Wedgwood Community Council will coordinate public input on it. While we wait for funds to be implemented for park development, the site is home to Wedgwood’s newest eating-out option, the Goreeng Food Truck.
What is the future of Magnuson Park’s most historic building?
Building 2 is the oldest building (1929) still extant in the former Sand Point Naval Air Station complex. Called the Assembly & Repair Shop, Building 2 was constructed as a place to overhaul plane engines. Original steel and glass doors are intact for the entire building, as well as large industrial windows along the sides of the hangars. Massive concrete towers stand for receiving the sliding hangar doors.
You are invited for a lively day of community interaction around the question of future use of this historically significant building in Magnuson Park.
Registered attendees will receive maps to the locations. The event begins promptly at 1 PM on Saturday, June 6 with a 40-minute tour of Building 2. For safety reasons, late arrivals cannot be accommodated and all tours will be guided. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. The tour is not accessible by ADA standards due to barriers.
The rest of the event is ADA and takes place in the newly renovated Officers Club of Building 30. There will be coffee and light refreshments, development experts from various fields and the opportunity to share your opinions and problem solve around the building’s future. The collective and individual visions of attendees will be recorded and shared with Seattle Parks and Recreation to use as they support redevelopment of the building.