Meeting #1 – Background and Brainstorming Workshop

The first Park workshop – “Background and Brainstorming” – held on March 2nd, was well-attended.

An important aspect of the planning process that was discussed at the meeting is that the Department of Parks and Recreation is negotiating with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), which owns the entire site, the possibility of opening up for Park use some of the site that is currently fenced off. Depending on the outcome of this discussion, the result could be a Park that is much larger. Meeting participants were presented with a “blank slate” of a map showing a possible version of the Park that completely encircled the reservoir lid, and were asked to come up with ideas for how to use the new and old space. The project Landscape Architect, Site Workshop, emphasized that no funding has been identified at this time to actually implement any new designs, other than a Dog Off-Leash Area (OLA).

Photos from the meeting

Here are some photos of the meeting in progress:

Map showing possible Park expansion

The Department of Parks and Recreation is negotiating with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), which owns the entire site, to open up for public use some of the space that is currently fenced off.

Depending on the outcome of this discussion, the result could be a Park that is much larger.

Site Workshop, the Landscape Architect for this project, has prepared a simplified map showing possible areas for expansion, to help the community envision possible uses and design elements. Note that no funding has been identified at this time to actually implement any new designs, other than a Dog Off-Leash Area (OLA).

Here is the map showing possible areas for expansion. Click here for a full-size version (PDF), which also includes, for comparison, scale area representations of several existing P-Patches, Off-leash Areas, and playgrounds.

You can take our survey, which includes this map, and let us know what you think!

Brainstorming exercise by meeting participants

After a brief introduction and background session, meeting participants were invited to work in small groups to discuss their ideas for the Park, using a new map showing a possible expansion of Park space as their canvas. Here are the results of those discussions. Click on each of the images to enlarge (in a separate window).

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

Group 7

Group 8

Group 9

Group 10

Group 11

1 Comment

  • 1. Marc Greenough  |  March 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Looking forward to the progress!