City to buy park space in East Ballard

The City of Seattle plans to purchase a plot of land on 9th Ave between 70th and 73rd for a new park, reports the Ballard News-Tribune. The park will be a little less than an acre in size. “This was an area that was lightly colored in terms of park density. But we are making some progress,” said Mayor Greg Nickels, who said the city is trying to find another space in the same general area. The next step is to find the money to develop the lot.

Update: Sean in comments says he lives a block away, and the land was once a garden compound owned by Love Israel, a spiritual community. In the late 60s, Love Israel began on Queen Anne and expanded to communal households in surrounding neighborhoods. Now they’re largely centered in Bothell and a rural village along the Columbia River. Fascinating.


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