Community Invited to Give Feedback on Troll’s Knoll Park Design

Troll's Knoll ParkJoin Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods and Harrison Design at the first public meeting for the Troll’s Knoll Park development on Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m.  At this meeting the community can review the site analysis and provide feedback for the park design.

This community-initiated project will utilize the existing public land at the Fremont Troll to create a new park.


28 new or expanded community gardens made possible through 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, community support

Mayor P-Patch 04In late August, Mayor McGinn announced the growth of our P-Patch Community Gardening Program with an increase of 20 new or expanded P-Patch gardens over the past four years, with another eight gardens in the works.

This growth is a result of funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, which originally provided $2 million for four new gardens. Due to strong partnerships with neighborhood volunteers and community organizations and the leveraging of funds, 22 new or expanded garden projects have been supported with this funding. In addition last December, the Levy Oversight Committee recommended the reallocation of $427,000 in inflationary funds which will support another six projects. In total, 28 projects providing more than 700 additional garden plots will have been added by 2014.

“The spirit of volunteerism in the community and the management of this program has made the public’s investment go much further,” said Mayor McGinn. “As the second largest program in the nation, I’m excited that our city’s P-Patch Program has grown to provide more community members from across the city the opportunity to grow fresh organic food, as well as engaging with their fellow gardeners and neighbors.”

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy has an Oversight Committee which reviews expenditures, advises on allocation for upcoming budget years, and makes recommendations on Opportunity Fund expenditures. “The Levy Oversight Committee feels strongly that community gardens are important gathering places for our neighborhoods. The key word in community gardening is ‘community,’” says Pete Spalding, chair of the Levy Oversight Committee. “Our P-Patches serve as places where neighbors work together to grow not only food, but relationships as well. That’s why we recommended the additional dollars last December to provide more opportunities for community members.”

The announcement occurred at the Unpaving Paradise P-Patch in Summit Slope Park, one of the projects partially funded by the levy. With a $150,000 investment and hundreds of hours of volunteer time, the garden was completed in 2011. This 37-plot P-Patch is now an urban oasis at the heart of one of Seattle’s densest neighborhoods, Capitol Hill. 

“We hear every day from people walking through Summit Slope and Unpaving Paradise what a wonderful space we are lucky to have here,” says Saunatina Sanchez, a gardener at Unpaving Paradise. “I like to remind them that luck had nothing to do with it. This park is an example of a small community pulling together to make the neighborhood they live in a better place for everyone.”

As the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy nears its expiration in 2014, we now have an opportunity to discuss which future investments are most important, and how best to make those investments. The current levy provided $146 million in taxpayer-supported funding of new green spaces, p-patches, neighborhood parks, recreational spaces, and playfields of all types. These spaces provide benefits to communities across the city.

A Parks Legacy Plan Citizen’s Advisory Committee has been formed to advise the Mayor and City Council as to longer term funding options. For information about the Committee’s work and how to engage in this process, visit The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. This committee will provide a recommendation to the Mayor McGinn and City Council by February of 2014, with a potential levy renewal going to voters in August or November of 2014.

Celebrating its 40 year, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program manages 85 gardens with 2908 plots serving 6780 gardeners across the city. The P-Patch gardens serve as neighborhood gathering places that strengthen networks through cooperative ventures; provide a source of pride among residents; are a visible product of land stewardship; and create a healthier urban environment, in addition to providing fresh organic food for gardeners and local food banks.

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Mayor McGinn announces more city investment in our P-Patches and urban agriculture

On December 18, Mayor McGinn announced the creation of additional space for community gardening and urban agriculture in the city. Approximately 185 P-Patch community garden plots will be developed or made available, along with 14,500 square feet of land dedicated to large tract gardening.

Joining the Mayor at the announcement was Councilmember Sally Bagshaw; Joyce Moty, president of the P-Patch Trust; Erika Harris, a gardener from the Spring Street P-Patch; and Bernie Matsuno, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Based on the recommendations by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee, the city is providing these opportunities by investing $427,000 of the inflationary funds that were not spent as part of the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.  The funds will be used to add approximately 115 new community garden plots by building gardens in Licton Springs, First Hill and Capitol Hill and by adding additional plots to the Judkins P-Patch. It will also create two urban agriculture sites on city-owned land in Squire Park, and double the size of the Marra Farm Large Tract Project to provide additional gardening space for three low-income farmers. In addition, existing P-Patch plots will be resized in 13 P-Patch community gardens to provide gardening opportunities for 70 families.

In 2008, voters approved the Parks and Green Spaces Levy which earmarked $2 million to build four additional P-Patch community gardens. Through significant community involvement, leveraging of funds, and support from other city departments, the P-Patch Program will have completed 17 new gardens and expanded five existing gardens by 2014. The inflationary-funded projects will be completed in 2013 or 2014.

For details on the new projects, view a Fact Sheet and the map showing the existing and new levy projects. And for more information overall on the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy projects in community gardening, visit

Kirke Park P-Patch opens

Congratulations to P-Patch gardeners who celebrated the grand opening of Kirke Park P-Patch this fall. The opening not only featured a fine spread of food by the  organizers, but P-Patch plots were assigned, and the winter cover crop was sown to celebrate. The P-Patch is located in Ballard at 7028 9th Avenue NW.

As a Parks and Green Spaces levy project, Kirke Park P-Patch has been in the works for more than two years. Community members volunteered more than 450 hours preparing the beds and working together to design and  build a garden shed and picnic table.  The garden shed itself honors the name of the park – “Kirke”- which is Norwegian for “church.” There are presently 37 -100 square foot plots, and over time the P-Patch will have a food bank giving garden and children’s garden spaces.   


Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Preserve Groundbreaking October 1

Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Preserve.  This project was supported in part with a $50,000 award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands at Atlantic City Nursery
5513 S Cloverdale St, Seattle WA 98118

This will be an event for the whole family. Activities will include:

  • Farm and Wetlands walking tours
  • Live music from local bands
  • Delicious food to cook and eat

Meet neighborhood farms and special guests……. and many more!

Marra Farm movie night September 10 at dusk!

Please join Solid Ground’s Lettuce Link / Marra Farm Giving Garden for an outdoor movie and Seattle’s first screening of  The Greenhorns, a documentary that explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices and needs. It is the filmmaker’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture – to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming.

Saturday, 9/10/11             
6:30 – 9:30 pm                                                               

Marra Farm in South Park neighborhood
9026 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108


All proceeds from the Movie Night will benefit Solid Ground’s Lettuce Link / Marra Farm Giving Garden program. This garden provides more than 20,000 pounds of fresh produce each year for the food banks.


Buy tickets now! Our $10 Ticket Price includes a tour of Marra Farm, appetizers (nonalcoholic beverages and food from Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop) and the movie.

Rain or shine! (We’ll set up canopies in case of rain.)

Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. Hope to see you there!


Magnolia Manor Park and P-Patch Master Plan meeting June 8

A very important public meeting to decide on the master plan for Magnolia Manor Park is coming up Wednesday,  June 8, 7 pm at Magnolia Presbyterian Church, corner of W Dravus and 28th W.

The Plan calls for opening up the whole park (except for the immediate area around the covered reservoir) for public use:

  • P-Patch (there is none in Magnolia now)
  • off leash dog park
  • open space all the way round
  • sitting areas (the views are great)
  • trails

Contact Susan at for more information.


Volunteers Build Barton Street and Bitter Lake P-Patches from Scratch

Barton Street P-Patch, located on the corner of 34th Ave SW & SW Barton, and the Bitter Lake P-Patch, located N 143rd & Linden Ave N, had their inaugural work parties last weekend. Barton’s fence was nearly built, the stake was secured, the major paths were cut and the sod was moved, and the berms have a layer of sod. Bitter Lake is working on transplanting Alaska Cedars within their garden so their contractor can come in and begin the major garden excavations. For both gardens a lot more work still needs to get done and they rely heavily on volunteers throughout their community.

Both gardens’ community members are excited to get their gardening space built. Barton is holding another work party on Saturday May 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Bitter Lake is continuing their work parties starting on Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone who is interested in gardening or who wants to get involved with their neighborhood events is invited!

Unpaving Paradise Community Garden dedicated

The new Unpaving Paradise P-Patch Community Garden, along with the Summit Slope Park, was dedicated on May 1. Nearly 200 community members enjoyed the event, which involved a ribbon cutting ceremony, live music, and activities.

Community members were heavily involved in the creation of this P-Patch, contributing more than 2,000 hours of volunteer time. The garden has 36 plots, and all those who volunteered and wanted a plot were able to get one. DoN invested $150,000 from the Parks & Green Spaces Levy toward construction of the community garden. 

 Click here to view photos from the event.