January 18th, 2010, 04:27 PM
March 17th, 2009
I was just looking at the notes from the first meeting- about 70 people showed up and here were all of the suggestions for the "new" park. I post them so you can see that we are a small bullet on a long list, which means we need huge representation to be heard:
Comments taken from the flip charts at the first meeting
More dog park it is too small include the wooded area.
Frisbee Disc Golf to activate the woods.
Water drainage improvements needed.
Restrooms and lighting inside the off-leash area
Bridge to nowhere/gulley area needs improvements What about parking?
Improve the view overlook for a gathering place.
Use original plan ideas from Richard Haag.
Picnic shelter, tennis courts, concert bowl
Sidewalks on Cloverdale are needed on both sides of the street.
Sidewalks, safety, access, security more important than recreation amenities.
Rehab the greenbelt and connect bike trails for bikers to W Duwamish Bike Trail.
Invasive clean-up has been very successful in south part of park. Emphasize safety and lighting in this
area There are homeless and illegal dumping here.
Encourage passive use also
Maintenance is a huge issue There is not enough maintenance now Can we build in maintenance
Construction noise concerns and road deterioration by lid contractor
Preserve/enhance unstructured play, natural playground
Large multi-use area like a village green, for farmers markets, swap meets, etc.
Need angled parking along 8th Avenue in street R.O.W.
Soccer for youth (1,400 kids in W Seattle programs) - not dedicated for any one sport-multi-use, etc.
Ultimate Frisbee areas needed
Dedicated sports fields are needed that can be reserved.
Focus on activities for youth i.e. cross-country trails.
Do not make scheduled athletics the dominant use of this new park!
Create active street entrances with sidewalks, entries...
Do outreach to youth for use ideas
P-patches and community garden areas, demonstration gardens
Need more diverse use other nearby areas are available for organized sports.
Build on ethnically diverse population, such as Samoan cricket, art must reflect the community!
Get SDOT cooperation for sidewalks and drainage improvements.
Change stipulation about volunteers not being able to use power tools! Volunteers will do the maintenance
if allowed to!
LID soil profile of 24 (1/2 grass, ½ ground) may not take much traffic how about Synthetic turf?
Need lighted fields (note that Hiawatha & Delridge are soon on-line)
Pedestrian access from 8th & from Cloverdale is needed.
City cant maintain the parks now, so low maintenance areas needed such as hard surfaces and
Program park with schools for learning about the natural environment.
Light the dog park with ambient light from the lid.
Address the traffic issues on Cloverdale.
Additional viewpoints could be accommodated.
Exercise trail stations?
Signage should be multi-lingual.
Create links with the Duwamish for educational purposes.
Create a buffer for the neighbors to mitigate the higher use of the park.
Light the valley, not the lid
Expand the dog park into the greenbelt area.