What to do with North Beach Park?

My first thought on seeing a meeting notice about the park was, “where the heck is North Beach Park?” Especially after reading the description posted on a sign near the Loyal Heights Community Center: “This 9.6 acre wooded ravine is a beautiful, wild green space and a valuable, unspoiled natural asset to your neighborhood.” Google Maps to the rescue. Here’s a rough outline of the property, based on the Parks Department’s description:

(Any errors in the outline are strictly my own.) It’s not so “unspoiled,” it turns out, according to the call for a discussion on preserving the park. “Seattle Parks is aware that inappropriate uses, including unauthorized trails, encroachments of private property on park land, illegal storm drain lines, yard waste dumping, and (gasp!) people allowing dogs off-leash in the park have occurred.” (That’s my gasp, not the parks department’s, BTW.)

The meeting is Wednesday, May 14, 7-8:30 p.m. at Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St.

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