Thank you to everyone who came out to the Library Park Design meeting on January 31! The presentation made at the meeting is now available online. For more details on the park, see this PhinneyWood article.
All of the energy, attention and ideas you’ve provided will result in a better park that will be loved and cared for by neighbors and the community. The Friends of the Library Park will continue, and hope you will stay informed and involved throughout the development process and after.
Greenwood Phinney Library Park Design
Last Public Meeting on the Park Design
Please attend the last public meeting to hear
about and comment on the developing plan and
Hosted by: Seattle Parks Department
This Wednesday, February 1st
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th Street
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
- Plans are nearing final approval, and the project is expected to be underway by Early Spring
- There will also be an opportunity to discuss ideas and involvement with the Friends of the Library Group (FOLP), along with programming for the site during demolition, construction, and into the future ~
Look forward to seeing you there !
-Friends of the Library Park (FOLP)
It’s been a stressful election – but now here’s something happy to talk about!
Last week Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) had a public meeting about the new park planned just north of the Greenwood Library. A group of your neighbors helped get the word out, and over 100 people participated – more than the Parks Department has seen before! The SPR meeting got people thinking and gathered lots of individual input.
To follow up, Friends of The Library Park (until there’s a real park name) invites you to a community discussion. The SPR showed three concepts that were different arrangements of the same set of functions. Where there activities or functions they didn’t consider? Is there a community character we’d like the park to convey? Are there design factors that will especially matter to you?
Our meeting is planned for next Wednesday, 7pm at the Greenwood Senior Center. This is the time to weigh in. SPR is on a very fast track to complete design and get this project underway. This will be our only chance to discuss this as a community prior to the final SPR input meeting planned for January. You can also fill out SPR’s survey or learn more about the project by visiting the project website.
Now (this Wednesday) is the time to shape the new park at the Greenwood Library. In November the Seattle Parks Department will begin removing the Bleachers’ Tavern and Minimart buildings next to the Greenwood Library, clearing the space for a new park that will be constructed over the coming year. The new park is on a fast track, and decisions about what it will include and feel like will be made over the next two months.
If you are interested in affecting how the park turns out, the meeting announced below is your one best chance! This Wednesday, 6pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, park designers will present three concepts at a public meeting and take your comments.
Also please hold November 16 on your calendar, when a “friends of the park” group organized recently by your neighbors will provide an opportunity to review Seattle Parks’ conceptual designs and discuss steps for promoting features of the park best supported. That meeting will be at the Senior Center at 7pm. More info soon!
January Membership Meeting
Tuesday January 20, 7:00 – 8:30
8016 Greenwood Ave. N
Developing a Neighborhood Vision for the New Park North of the Library
Our January meeting will kick off the process to develop a community vision for the new park that will be developed on the lot north of the library, where the minimart used to be. Bill Farmer will speak on the history of this site as a proposed park through inclusion for funding in the park district ballot measure that Seattle citizens passed last year and the implementation process. Bill was a member of the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy Committee that resulted in acquisition of the site, and the Parks Legacy committee that helped develop the park funding ballot measure. He has followed this process over the years.
The majority of the meeting will be for brainstorming – what are the things a park could bring to the neighborhood? What uses should (and shouldn’t) it accommodate? What matters about how it’s designed? What should it be called?
The objective is to begin the neighborhood discussion, that will ultimately need to involve many others in the broader Greenwood-Phinney area that this park will serve. Being proactive to develop a community vision will help designers develop a park we will use and feel ownership and pride in. The ideal outcome of this meeting will be to get discussion going and identify a core group to broaden the discussion to the wider community.
7:00 Introductions and Agenda Review
7:10 Update on Greenwood 2035 Study Groups
7:15 Bill Farmer: History, context, and the park development process
7:25 Brainstorm: What does the community desire for this site?
8:10 Summary – points of agreement
8:15 Next steps to advance the conversation and the project
Hope you can make it!
The Greenwood Community Council has weighed in with the Seattle City Council in support of including funds in the upcoming parks ballot measure to develop a park on the site pictured here, just north of the Greenwood Library. The Parks Department purchased this property for a future park, and businesses there are relocating.
Once vacant, the building will be demolished. If there is no funding to improve the property into a Greenwood Library Park, it may sit vacant indefinitely. We’ve urged the City Council not to let that happen.
To see the GCC letter to Councilmember Bagshaw, click here.