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Smith Cove Park Update December 2017

December 11, 2017

SMITH COVE PARK UPDATE December 2017 Seattle Parks and GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) hosted a project update meeting at Blaine School in Magnolia on December 5. David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Senior Planner and project manager hosted the meeting. He presented the current strategy and answered questions along with Tess Schiavone of GGN.

(Check out this link for GGN presentation graphics from the December 5, 2017 project update meeting: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/smith-cove-park-development ) As in the SCP September Update, David again pitched a phased scenario for moving forward with construction of the west parcel. In Phase 1, use the available budget (plus an additional, time sensitive, $500,000 from King County only for the athletic fields) to address the drainage and field improvements, a walking path, off-leash area (1/2 acre in Phase 1; one acre in Phase 2), temporarily site two beach volleyball courts (3 courts in Phase 2 on east parcel), colorful crosswalks and traffic calming paint on the bisecting road, clean up and cut back vegetation and create a staircase to the beach in the original Port’s SCP (S end of east parcel). Building permanent restrooms near the CSO facility on the east parcel can be funded separately (most demanded by FoSCP, public and recommended by Design Commission).

The east parcel is securely fenced will remain so until additional funds are secured. This is a management issue solution for SPR. Per David, SPR would seek funding for the east parcel from various sources including the general fund, Metro Parks budget and other available grants.

Previously, the Port had been exploring options to renovate the east shoreline of SCP and increase fish-friendly underwater vegetation in the bay between SCP, the marina and the cruise terminal. Further examination of this potential work is on hold for now.

The Port must do some internal “percolating” about this potential project and joint relationship with SPR. The FoSCP and all SCP supporters have faith in the Port’s commitment to Seattle’s public and park users who deserve a beautiful waterfront at SCP.

Overall, the meeting was friendly with many questions from the audience.

 Funding and how to ensure the completion of the east parcel was most discussed.  Confirmation by David that this Phase 1 focus on the west parcel is the plan!

 Observation that improved soccer fields will bring families from all Seattle neighborhoods to SCP. Likely to increase the pool of SCP supporters substantially!

 The off-leash area supporters, beach volleyball supporters and athletic field supporters were recognized by David for their overall support for the whole park besides their specific elements.

SCP Advocates!! Speak up for completion of SCP! Email the Seattle Park District Board members (aka City Council members)!!

seattleparkdistrict@seattle.gov

President: Debora.Juarez@seattle.gov 206-684-8805

The Friends of Smith Cove Park THANK YOU for supporting this future waterfront park!!

SMITH COVE PARK UPDATE

September 15, 2016

SMITH COVE PARK UPDATE

September 2016

On August 23, 2016, the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) were invited by David Graves, Sr. Parks Planner, to a meeting at the offices of Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol (GGN). David Graves is in charge of the Smith Cove Project and GGN has been hired by Parks to build the project.

The GGN Team presentation included:

 Site is a grand gateway, immersion in nature, active connections

 Historical aspects of site by time periods may cover the Native Americans, early settlers, and the labor union unrest

 Sports fields are the attraction/draw and serve multiple functions; people sit to watch games and views of land and water. The super-elite sports fields would be the heart of the whole park. The intention is to extend the playing season.

 Alternatives to grass vs artificial turf, possibilities of vertical drainage

 Infrastructure includes connections, parking, restrooms

 Program for various size groups (medium to large, small, individuals), different sports, range of ages

 How can people get to the park – existing roads do not provide direct access from adjoining neighborhoods

 A public meeting will be held in October (no date yet); to present GGN and the phasing of the project.

Discussion included:

 The $6 million designated for Smith Cove Park was never enough to build the whole park.

 Including all elements of the community-supported conceptual design (by Berger) would likely cost $10-$15 million.

 Phase 1 of the project has funding; future phases do not. Athletic field supporters and Parks are pursuing other funding opportunities (grants, etc.) for Phase 1. This can be repeated for future

phases.

 GGN will spec out various requested elements from the conceptual design in order to determine the cost of each.

 Removal of fence around the east parcel (Per David Graves, King County has not completed all aspects of the construction. . .) is still pending. Input by FoSCP members:

 Can less expensive elements of the conceptual design (off-leash area, beach volleyball) get included in Phase 1?

 Over 750,000 cruise passengers arrived at the Port’s Cruise Terminal 91 last year, as a result cruise ships and docks are an important connection

 Smith Cove Park a waterfront park. Pedestrian beach access is essential in order to balance park use.

 Bike trails as connector to other parts of city including proposed Magnolia Trail from 32 nd W

 The Port of Seattle is in process of redesigning North Bay – are there opportunities for creative access to Smith Cove? Possible coordination with the Port on shoreline softening? Federal

shoreline funding opportunites/grants available to the Port.

 King County has committed in writing to open up the CSO facility to park users by moving the existing CSO fence.

September 7, 2016 UPDATE

September 7, 2016

The Friends of Smith Cove Park met today with Parks (David Graves) and the architect (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol aka GGN). We walked the park to really get a feel for how expansive this new park will be (10+ acres).

GGN provided some data/costs on comparable previous GGN projects. The $15 million figure reported in an earlier update is likely low. The unknowns about the soil (likely dumped on site after dredging Elliot Bay) may be expensive. Figures of $20 million to even $40 million were discussed.

An early October public meeting is to be scheduled. An update will be posted with a date, time and location soon.

From David Graves, Sr. Parks Planner: The slide presentation from a previous meeting with GGN on is now up on the Parks website for the Smith Cove Park Project. Here is the link: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/smith-cove-park-development

Special Meeting Magnolia Queen Anne District Council – August 15th. 7-9PM UCC Church

Representing Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhood organizations.

 

Special Meeting: Monday, August 15, 7-9 PM

Mayor’s Executive Order and Future Directions for our District Council

United Church of Christ (Pilgrim Hall)

3555 W McGraw St.

Volunteers in Magnolia, Queen Anne and Uptown have for many years worked through their District Council to improve their neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods have parks, gardens, trails and sidewalks to show for these efforts.

The Mayor, on July 13, severed ties with all city-chartered District Councils. The Councils can continue, but the City will no longer support them nor will the Councils continue to set priorities for neighborhood projects.

The August 15 special meeting is to discuss the Mayor’s action and how our District Council should operate going forward. Please join us if you are interested in continuing to build community, as we have been doing for many years.

The Agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Review recent developments
  • Role and Value of the District Council
  • What do we need from the City and from our volunteers to be more effective?

Share your views with us. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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

Want to know candidates’ positions on your issues?

October 3, 2015
Come to a candidate forum and find out – Thursday 15th October at Whole Foods in Interbay.
Doors open at 6.30 with information tables (pro and con) on Lets Move Seattle ballot measure.  Candidate forum starts promptly at 7 pm and continues to 9 pm.

Candidates for Seattle City Council  seats #7, 8, and 9; King County Council #4; and Port of Seattle #2 and #5 will be there.  The election is Tuesday 3rd November – come to the forum and find out where the candidates stand on your issues.

Candidate forum is co-sponsored by Magnolia Community Council, Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council, Queen Anne Community Council, and Uptown Alliance.

Questions?  email magnoliacommunityclub@gmail.com

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