SMITH COVE PARK UPDATE – August 2016

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Bruce Carter (FoSCP Chair) and David Graves (Parks Senior Planner) met the week of July 18 about Smith Cove Park.

 

The following was discussed:

 The contract with GGN (Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol), the landscape architects, will be signed shortly.

 The park features that would be completed in the first phase of the project were discussed.

 Phase 1 will include; kayak launch, playfield, restroom, safe street crossings, loop trail around the park, bike racks, and a history corner about the Native Americans, early settlers, and the labor union unrest.

 Public meetings will be held in the fall.

 Funding for the second phase was not discussed and the current dedicated Park District dollars are not enough to complete all the phases of the conceptual plan.

 

The following was not discussed at this meeting:

 The status of the beach volleyball courts. Beach volleyball supporters for Smith Cove Park were exceeded only by the athletic field supporters!

 The off-leash area

 No mention of an on-site event at Smith Cove Park this summer

 Removal of fence around the east parcel (Per David Graves, King County has not completed all aspects of the construction. . .)

Bike Ride to Support the Magnolia Trail Project

FREE and FUN

Bike Ride to Support the Magnolia Trail Project

August 7th and August 14th 2 pm

Purpose: This fun, family-oriented bike ride is to build support for the proposed Magnolia Trail Project that will connect Magnolia with the new Smith Cove Park, the Myrtle Edwards Trail System, and Downtown Seattle. We will tell you where the trail would go and what we are doing to make it happen.

Who Should Participate: Anyone who can ride a bike. Families with children are welcome. We will ride at a leisurely, relaxed pace taking in breathtaking views of the Puget Sound from a variety of viewpoints while discussing plans for the trail and how you can help make it happen. Please wear a bike helmet.

Time: Sunday 2 p.m., August 7 and August 14. Ride will take an hour and a half.

Place: We will meet at the parking lot of Catharine Blaine Elementary School.

July 2016 Update from Smith Cove Park

July 2016 Update from Smith Cove Park

Smith Cove Park and the conceptual design generated with such overwhelming community support is going through the harsh reality of funding versus construction costs. Supporters of the athletic fields in the west parcel are consulting with Seattle Parks for various grants that may extend the money available for those fields. The restrooms may be constructed on the east parcel.

Realistically, the $6 million legislated as part of the 2014 voter-approved Seattle Metropolitan Park District is not enough money to cover all elements of the conceptual design plan. David Graves, Seattle Parks Sr. Planner, suggested the budget may be 60% (approximately $3.6 million) for “hard” construction costs with 40% for “soft” costs (design, permits and administration).

That said, Seattle Parks may be open to stages of construction for Smith Cove Park. The elements of the conceptual design may be costed out for the public meetings which allows all park supporters the opportunity to understand the costs. Future stages of construction are not funded. That said, there are a myriad of grants for waterfront, recreation, conservation and neighborhood matching funds.

David Graves suggested possible public meetings: tentatively as an on-site meeting in August and a fall public meeting. Nothing has been confirmed with Parks at this time. Additionally, the contract with Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol (GGN), the landscape architects selected for the Smith Cove Park project is still in negotiations and has not been signed.

Stand by for more information about Smith Cove Park. Since the CSO (combined sewer overflow) construction is completed by King County on the east parcel, David Graves will inspect the site in hopes of removing the construction fence!! More opportunities to access the water; perfect for summer!

June 2016 UPDATE

The Friends of Smith Cove Park attended a meeting today (28 June 2016) with Seattle Parks & Recreation and a representative from Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol (GGN). GGN is the chosen landscape architect firm for the Smith Cove Park project. (The contract should be signed soon.)

Seattle Parks is tentatively planning two public meetings: an informal meeting at the site in August and a “what things really cost” meeting in October.(Details and confirmation about the meetings to follow later.)

Our Conceptual Design Plan shot for the sky’s the limit. Be prepared for construction to occur in stages due to funding. This first stage has funding courtesy of the Metropolitan Parks legislation. Future stages are not funded. At this time, tentative construction at the park will begin in fall of 2018.

An online option, by Parks, may be available for those who cannot attend the meetings and wish to make comments.

VIDEO OF FINNTOWN STORY AT SMITH COVE PARK

January 30, 2016

“Tracing Change at Seattle’s Finntown”

https://www.youtube.com/user/KingCountyWTD

Alicia Valentino, archeologist, tells the colorful story of Seattle’s Finntown, a low-income, multicultural community located on the tideflats in the early 1900’s. In 2014, construction workers building King County’s Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility unexpectedly discovered this window into Seattle’s past. Shortly after construction began on an underground storage tank for the South Magnolia Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project, backhoes began turning up a number of boardwalk pilings and glass bottles.

For more information, follow this link for the full story: June 5, 2015  WTD Blog post.

Last year, the presentation in this video was held at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and at the Catherine Blaine School in Magnolia.

The Next Steps for Smith Cove Park begin

January 5, 2016

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the next steps in developing a shoreline park at Smith Cove is now advertised.  Applications are due 29th January.  See the final plan attached, and learn more about the project at SeattleSmithCovePark.org

Scope: Provide professional services to design improvements, continue public outreach and secure all necessary local, State and Federal permits and approvals for a partially new and partially existing 10.5 acre park at the foot of Magnolia Hill, to the west of Terminal 91 and on Elliot Bay. The project is located on 23rd Avenue West between West Garfield Street and West Marina Place and consists of two parcels on the west side of 23rd Avenue West and one on the east side of 23rd Avenue. The project includes improvements to sports field drainage and irrigation, shoreline work, infrastructure and basic park development.

November 2015 UPDATE:

THE PROJECT IS MOVING FORWARD!! David Graves is a Senior Planner for Seattle Parks and  Recreation and the Senior Planner for the Smith Cove Park project. We, in the Steering Committee for the Friends of Smith Cove Park enjoyed working with David throughout the public process for the final conceptual design. David will write a design program for the Smith Cove Park final conceptual design. Both documents will be taken to the Seattle Parks and Recreation ProView Team before the end of 2015. The ProView Team is comprised of managers, technical staff (landscape architects), crew chiefs, and facility coordinators in Seattle Parks and Recreation.

This will set up the process for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in January, 2016. The RFQ will be published to solicit landscape architects/contractors interested in the Smith Cove Park project.

THIS WILL BEGIN THE OFFICIAL DESIGN PROCESS FOR THE SMITH COVE PARK

PROJECT BY SEATTLE PARKS AND RECREATION!!

Smith Cove Park and Finntown!! Community meeting

November 13, 2015

Join us to dig into Seattle’s past!

You’re invited to explore some of Magnolia’s history and learn about the field of archeology. On November 19, 2015, King County Wastewater Treatment Division invites you to learn about our award-winning efforts to protect history, and to hear archeologist Alicia Valentino share the story told by remnants of Seattle’s Finntown.

Before the presentation, you can:
· Learn about how archeologists have recovered and protected cultural resources on King County’s project sites in Magnolia
· See artifacts from Finntown and replicas of artifacts from the West Point Treatment Plant site in Discovery Park
· Visit with the Magnolia Historical Society and learn about their work to chronicle the area’s history

In 2014, King County’s contractor unexpectedly unearthed clues to a pre-World War II shantytown during construction of the new Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility. Over a month, archeologists recovered over 2,400 artifacts from a site that turned out to be remnants of Finntown. Finntown, a low-income, multicultural community, clung to the tideflats of Smith Cove around 1920-1940.

Do you have a personal story from Seattle’s past you would like to tell? From 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., you can provide video or audio stories to our team! Give me a call or drop an email if you are interested.

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Open house and storytelling- 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Presentation- 7:00 p.m., followed by Q &A
Where: Catherine Blaine School, in the cafeteria
2550 34th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

Please contact me for special accommodations at this meeting.
Monica Van der Vieren
Monica.VanDeVieren@kingcounty.gov

Community meeting- join us to dig into Seattle’s past!

November 3, 2015

You’re invited to explore some of Magnolia’s history and learn about the field of archeology. On November 19, 2015, King County Wastewater Treatment Division invites you to learn about our award-winning efforts to protect history, and to hear archeologist Alicia Valentino share the story told by remnants of Seattle’s Finntown. QuinLongcoin

Before the presentation, you can

·         Learn about how archeologists have recovered and protected cultural resources on King County’s project sites in Magnolia

·         See artifacts from Finntown and replicas of artifacts from the West Point Treatment Plant site in Discovery Park

·         Visit with the Magnolia Historical Society and learn about their work to chronicle the area’s history

In 2014, King County’s contractor unexpectedly unearthed clues to a pre-World War II shantytown during construction of the new Magnolia

Wet Weather Storage Facility.  Over a month, archeologists recovered over 2,400 artifacts from a site that turned out to be remnants of Finntown.  Finntown, a low-income, multicultural community, clung to the tideflats of Smith Cove around 1920-1940.

Qian Long coin from the Ch’ing Dynasty.

Do you have a personal story from Seattle’s past you would like to tell? From 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., you can provide video or audio stories to our team! Give me a call or drop an email if you are interested.

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Open house and storytelling- 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Presentation- 7:00 p.m., followed by Q &A

Where:  Catherine Blaine School, in the cafeteria

2550 34th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

Please contact me for special accommodations at this meeting.

See you there!

Monica

 Monica Van der Vieren

Community Relations Planner

Department of Natural Resources and Parks

Wastewater Treatment Division

201 South Jackson Street, KSC-NR-0505

Seattle, WA 98104-3855

206-477-5502

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Upcoming Event for the Magnolia Village Tomorrow Vision Preview!

October 3, 2015

Join the conversation with the

Magnolia Chamber of Commerce at our

Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, October 7th, 7 – 9 pm

Magnolia United Church of Christ

Hear what the community has to say about the future of Magnolia Village. We are processing the data gathered this summer at the Farmers Market, online at our website and postcards submitted to That evening, The Chamber, along with our consultant, the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce. BDS Planning & Urban Design, will present the results of Magnolia Village Tomorrow.

Town Hall Meeting Agenda

7:00 p.m. Event Start

7:05 p.m. Network, snack & beverages

7:15 p.m. Introductions & background on MVT

7:20 p.m. Presentation on data received during outreach process

7:40 p.m. Question & answer on the data presented

7:50 p.m. Distilling a Vision – Group Discussion

8:10 p.m. Group working session

Business Mix & Development

Community Events

Beautification & Cleanliness

Organization & Funding

8:35 p.m. Report to entire group

8:50 p.m. Final analyses & next steps

9:00 p.m. Adjourn