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Park pump house mural is started by “art ninja”

August 18th, 2015 by Mike

This is the pump house at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Play Area, which is part of the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, in June.

And this is the pump house – true name Roosevelt Pump House – this week.

The mural promised by Seattle Public Utilities is begun.

SPU is working with local artist Jonathan Fischer and community member Scott K. Bishop to complete a “street-art” style mural that will wrap around the northeast corner of the building and be viewable from two sides. The mural will be created using spray paint with an anti-graffiti coating applied over the top.

More but dated information from SPU is here.

Information about the artist, who uses his Japanese family name Wakuda, is here, here, and here. (That’s a screen grab of the top of his web site above. At top right it says “Art. Ninja. Japanese Street Art.”

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Mural planned for Maple Leaf Play Area

June 22nd, 2015 by Mike

This is the Maple Leaf Roosevelt Pump House, located somewhat confusingly in the Maple Leaf Reservoir Play Area, at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 82nd Street.

Seattle Public Utilities plans to have a mural painted on the long gray walls that face the play area:

SPU is working with local artist Jonathan Fischer and community member Scott K. Bishop to complete a “street-art” style mural that will wrap around the northeast corner of the building and be viewable from two sides. The mural will be created using spray paint with an anti-graffiti coating applied over the top.

The goal of the project is to brighten the building and provide park users with an artistic look and feel to the area. The design concept for the mural will include graffiti inspired and artist interpretations of butterflies, flowers, leaves, vines, trees and patterns, using bright, vibrant colors that complement the adjacent Butterfly Garden.

The utility says it’s looking for your ideas. “Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) values your input….The community is encouraged to provide SPU with feedback and ideas about the design and ask questions.”

We asked a question four days ago: “Is there an image of the design that folks can make comments about?”

We’ve heard nothing back.

We did, however, hear today from Joel, who is less than impressed. He says he’s told SPU:

It looks just fine to me as it is. Why is there any consideration being given to do this?

I also do not understand who I am speaking to or to who and all I am discussing this proposal. Just you?

This structure looks just right the way it is. It fits appropriately at its site and is subordinate to the successful landscape of that area….

To convert to painted walls will only appear as a contrived public arts project as it launches this structure into an inappropriate bold presence.

If it were a log cabin in a pleasant park environment we wouldn’t cover it with paint and pretend that we’ve improved the natural environment….

I believe a mistaken judgment is directing this decision and am urging you all to back away. This plan is a mistake. Please leave this building as it is.

The announcement says to contact Project Manager Cyndy Holtz at (206) 386-1990 or cyndy.holtz@seattle.gov.

The mural is to be painted in July.

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Signed baseball lost at Maple Leaf park?

September 4th, 2014 by Mike

Eric emails: “I found a signed baseball in the bushes between the playing field and the playground at Maple Leaf Park.

The ball is an official baseball of the Pacific Coast League and has numerous signatures. Thought you might want to post it in the lost-and-found section of the blog.

The ball was found over the holiday weekend. Thanks, Eric.

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It’s Back – the return of the zip line

February 21st, 2014 by Mike

It’s a good Friday at the Maple Leaf Playground.

The zip line returns after a mid-winter break.

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It's Back – the return of the zip line

February 21st, 2014 by Mike

It’s a good Friday at the Maple Leaf Playground.

The zip line returns after a mid-winter break.

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Return of the Reservoir Park kiosk (not the zip line)

February 6th, 2014 by Mike

The kiosk and sign that disappeared from the Maple Leaf Playground last month have returned.

But this time they are in the upper Reservoir Park, next to the west entrance.

And so far they are graffiti-free.

Still no word on the zip line, though.

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Changes at the park – where’s the zip line, sign?

January 31st, 2014 by Mike

Several neighbors have recently asked  when the popular zip line at the Maple Leaf Playground will be fixed.

It broke, apparently, last weekend.

“Wanting to ask why the Zip Line seat and hanging part disappeared on Saturday,” wrote DanM.

Since then, fencing has been installed around the “launch platform” at the top of  the line.

We expect to hear back from Seattle Parks on this early next week.

If anyone has answers now, please leave them in comments.

While we were at it, we also asked Parks where the (graffiti-ridden) sign at the west entrance to the playground has gone.

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Changes at the park – where's the zip line, sign?

January 31st, 2014 by Mike

Several neighbors have recently asked  when the popular zip line at the Maple Leaf Playground will be fixed.

It broke, apparently, last weekend.

“Wanting to ask why the Zip Line seat and hanging part disappeared on Saturday,” wrote DanM.

Since then, fencing has been installed around the “launch platform” at the top of  the line.

We expect to hear back from Seattle Parks on this early next week.

If anyone has answers now, please leave them in comments.

While we were at it, we also asked Parks where the (graffiti-ridden) sign at the west entrance to the playground has gone.

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Welcome to the Maple Leaf Family Terrace!

May 18th, 2013 by master

After looking through the fence at the playground that has been under construction all winter, the Maple Leaf Family Terrace welcomed possibly hundreds of neighborhood children and their families at a grand opening celebration this morning.

The presentation included plenty of thank-yous for the countless hours put in by volunteers Donna Hartmann-Miller and Scott and Jessica Bishop.

Hartmann-Miller, who heads the volunteer Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, also thanked the many volunteers who helped build parts of the playground at a work party in early April that ended in a torrential downpour, in addition to the many local businesses that donated food that day, including Cloud City Coffee, Blue Saucer, Maple Leaf Grill and COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria.

“I wish I was a kid again because I would be playing in this park endlessly,” added Hartmann-Miller, who also is a member of the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board.

Of course, the zipline was a huge hit.

The playground at 1020 N.E. 82nd St. is now open to the public, although there still are areas that are fenced off as new grass continues to grow in. There will be more fun for all ages when the remainder of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park opens in late summer or early fall, adding 16 acres of green space to the neighborhood that previously were closed off to the public.

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Maple Leaf Playground opens next weekend!

May 11th, 2013 by Mike

It’s official – the grand opening of the new Maple Leaf Playground is next Saturday, May 18th.

Friends For a Greater Maple Leaf Park made the announcement on its Facebook page. (Mai Ling had mentioned it earlier, here.)

From the Friends invitation:

Swinging, zipping, sliding, spinning, climbing, hunting, or just sitting and enjoying our lovely new park. The play area features a zip line, climbing features, slides, swings, twirly things, a sand pit, and a children’s garden & butterfly hunt.

The celebration for the playground, which seems to be variously called the Maple Leaf Playground Area or the Maple Leaf Family Terrace, runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and is sponsored by Seattle Parks.

This is for the Playground area only and will not include the grass area (which is still in the newly planted stage and is too young and tender to be compacted down with happy feet or torn up with happy paws). The ballfields and the upper part of the park will be open in late summer/early fall.

We’ll check to see where and when the annual Maple Leaf Ice Cream Social will be held. It’s typically the last Wednesday evening in July, but when last heard from might be postponed until August depending on the state of the  new reservoir park.

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