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Maple Leaf Reservoir Park to open this fall – at least in part

August 21st, 2013 by Mike

View from the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. The entrance will be at Northeast 88th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

Some – but probably not all – of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park will open this fall as expected, according to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The difficulty appears to be that some of the grass has not taken root firmly enough. That will likely preclude opening the re-seeded sports fields.

Here’s the current plan, in an email today from Kim Baldwin, a parks contact on this project.

We’ll open a portion of the park for use this fall but leave other areas fenced in where the turf isn’t well established. We’ll definitely keep the fields fenced until spring since they were seeded last and will probably get the heaviest use. One thought is to have an opening event this fall with some areas still fenced off and the other is to wait until all the fencing is down and have an event in the spring.

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News on Maple Leaf’s coming Reservoir Park

August 18th, 2010 by Mike

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has a piece this week headlined: “Maple Leaf Reservoir park design on hold.”

You need a subscription to the paper to read the piece online, but what they mean by “on hold” is that the design won’t be finalized until next summer when construction on putting the reservoir underground is closer to being finished. This was announced at June’s meeting on the Reservoir Park. Among other things, it gives the neighborhood time to raise money for additional park features.

Here’s the interesting part in the DJC story, for residents who still hope for more input into what goes into the park:

The schematic plan for the park was recently shown to the Seattle Design Commission. Commissioners asked the team to address community concerns by identifying future projects that could become part of the park if funding becomes available. These include a P-patch and more picnic shelters.

At the commission meeting, a representative of the Maple Leaf Community Council said it had a meeting scheduled with the city to discuss these items. (Architect Greg) Brower said most of the community’s ideas, such as a P-patch, have already been considered and drawn up by his office. “We’ll wait to see what our direction is from Parks.”

One other thing. The DJC piece claims the new park “will have the second highest view point in Seattle.” Nice, but as Maple Leaf Life has (repeatedly) reported before, “we’re No. 3.”

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News on Maple Leaf's coming Reservoir Park

August 18th, 2010 by Mike

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has a piece this week headlined: “Maple Leaf Reservoir park design on hold.”

You need a subscription to the paper to read the piece online, but what they mean by “on hold” is that the design won’t be finalized until next summer when construction on putting the reservoir underground is closer to being finished. This was announced at June’s meeting on the Reservoir Park. Among other things, it gives the neighborhood time to raise money for additional park features.

Here’s the interesting part in the DJC story, for residents who still hope for more input into what goes into the park:

The schematic plan for the park was recently shown to the Seattle Design Commission. Commissioners asked the team to address community concerns by identifying future projects that could become part of the park if funding becomes available. These include a P-patch and more picnic shelters.

At the commission meeting, a representative of the Maple Leaf Community Council said it had a meeting scheduled with the city to discuss these items. (Architect Greg) Brower said most of the community’s ideas, such as a P-patch, have already been considered and drawn up by his office. “We’ll wait to see what our direction is from Parks.”

One other thing. The DJC piece claims the new park “will have the second highest view point in Seattle.” Nice, but as Maple Leaf Life has (repeatedly) reported before, “we’re No. 3.”

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