Bringing City Hall to Greenwood. Come Join Us!

Greenwood Seattle at WorkCome meet and talk with Mayor Murray & Department Directors about how Seattle is at work in your neighborhood! It’s happening this Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.)

Connect with City resources and learn about local projects and programs that are working to make Seattle a Safe, Innovative, Affordable, Interconnected, & Vibrant City!

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Greenwood Park expansion this Sunday

Join the celebration this Sunday as Vision Greenwood Park, a volunteer community group, along with the Greenwood neighborhood dedicates its new multi-sport courtyard at Greenwood Park. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Councilmember Larry Phillips will be on hand to shoot the first baskets to open the court.

The event will held at Greenwood Park at the corner of Fremont Avenue and North 87th Street on Sunday, July 22 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a short ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. There will be live music, food, demonstrations, and of course, lot of games.

The first of its kind in the Seattle area, the multi-sport court is an innovative play space that can be used for several sports: basketball, soccer, street hockey, freestyle skateboarding, and skating.  With support from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund, King County’s Youth Sports Facility Grant, Seattle Parks and Recreation, private foundations, and donations, the community now has a place for teens to play in the neighborhood.

“This project is a great example of what makes Seattle great,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Committed neighbors have organized and developed an improvement that meets an important need and brings people together. That’s what the Neighborhood Matching Fund is all about.”

“Promoting healthy lifestyles for our youth is core mission of King County and this new sport courtyard at Greenwood Park will provide a great place for kids to play,” said Councilmember Larry Phillips, who represents Greenwood on the King County Council. “King County contributed to construction of this park over ten years ago, and it is great to see how the community has supported it and made it grow.”

The opening of the multi-sport courtyard is the realization of a vision four years in the making. In 2008, neighbors approached Seattle Parks and Recreation about ways to improve two vacant lots adjacent to the park. The community organized themselves as Vision Greenwood Park to lead an effort to improve the park to make it more active and safer and to serve all age groups. As part of their master plan for long-term improvements and expansion of the park, the community constructed Greenwood P-Patch community garden in 2011 on one of the vacant lots. Now they have constructed a unique multi-sport court play space that features two goals with soccer goals beneath basketball hoops. The paving around the court is designed for freestyle skateboarding.

The celebration this Sunday will feature:

  • Live music by young local musicians Rylee Scott, Mackenzie Garceau, and Jarett Herron.
  • Food by Santi’s Kitchen Food Truck and Bluebird Ice Cream.
  • Demonstration games on the new sport courtyard throughout the afternoon.
  • Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old.

For more information on the project at Greenwood Park please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/nmf/greenwood_park.htm or contact Pamela Kliment.  For more information on the Neighborhood Matching Fund visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/.

Two Neighborhood Matching Fund supported projects receive Denny Awards

On November 29, the Department of Parks and Recreation held a ceremony to recognize recipients of the Denny Award, given to projects demonstrating outstanding volunteer stewardship.  Two Neighborhood Matching Fund supported projects, Skate Like a Girl, and Vision Greenwood Park,  received this honor.  Click here to read the press release.

3rd Annual Party @ Greenwood Park August 14

Join in the fun with your neighbors at Greenwood Park for its 3rd Annual Party @ the park, Sunday, August 14 from noon to 4 p.m.  Mayor McGinn will be on hand to help celebrate the groundbreaking for the new community garden.  Enjoy music, food and fun!

Greenwood Park Community Garden build a birdhouse fundraiser Sunday, February 27

Just a reminder that the urban bird and birdhouse workshop is coming up on Sunday, February 27 at 2pm. You will have the opportunity to build a birdhouse to display in Greenwood Park’s new Community Garden, or in your own backyard.

RSVP today!

When:  Sunday, February 27, 2011 from 2-5pm
What:   Urban bird talk and birdhouse building workshop
Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85t Street, Seattle
Why:     Support Greenwood Park with a suggested donation of $25/individual (build 1 birdhouse) or $40/family (build 2 birdhouses)
How:     RSVP to visiongreenwood@gmail.com to reserve a birdhouse

Bring:    Creative ideas and found objects to personalize the birdhouses. The family-friendly project includes hammering, drilling, gluing and painting of wooden birdhouses.

We’re also looking for volunteers to prep the materials on Sat, 2/26 at 10am, and volunteers to help with set-up at 1pm on Sunday and clean up after the event concludes. Volunteer hours count toward P-Patch eligibility too. :)

Hope to see you soon!

Mike, Joanna, Ronni, Cassandra, Ian, Dawn, Heather and Lauren
The members of Vision Greenwood Park

To learn more about VGP visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VisionGreenwoodPark/

Build a Birdhouse Fundraiser to support P-Patch at Vision Greenwood Park

You’re invited to an urban bird talk and birdhouse workshop on Sun, Feb 27th at 2pm. You will have the opportunity to build a birdhouse to display in Greenwood Park’s new Community Garden, or in your own backyard.

This winter fundraiser offers activities for all ages.  

2:00 – Welcome, introductions and Mike Stringer, Chair of VGP, will share an update of the Park

2:30 – Urban Bird Talk by local birder Sandra Woods. She’ll give a short talk about urban birds, their habitat and the value of birds in our backyards and parks.

3:00 – Birdhouse building workshop – VGP will supply the basic building materials to complete a birdhouse appropriate for birds that nest in North Seattle.

Bring your own creative ideas and found objects to personalize your birdhouse. The family-friendly project includes hammering, drilling, gluing and painting of wooden birdhouses.

When: Sunday, February 27, 2011 from 2-5pm
What: Urban bird talk and birdhouse building workshop
Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85t Street, Seattle
Why: Support Greenwood Park with a suggested donation of $25/individual (build 1 birdhouse) or $40/family (build 2 birdhouses)

How: RSVP to visiongreenwood@gmail.com to reserve a birdhouse

Today’s hours for Neighborhood Service Centers

Here is a list of Neighborhood Service Centers that serve as Payment and Information Service sites and today’s hours of operation due to weather conditions:

Lake City: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Ballard: Open – 9:00-5:00
Open for lunch

University: Closed

Central: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Southeast: Open – 9:00 – 5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Delridge: Open until 3:30 p.m.

West Seattle: Closed