Share your ideas for new 9th Ave park

Tonight is your opportunity to share ideas for the new park on 9th Ave NW between NW 70th & NW 73rd.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting the meeting at Whittier Elementary (1320 NW 75th St) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parks will gather ideas from the community and will start formulating some plans. Another meeting is scheduled for December 17th when the design team will present initial design concepts and the community can provide further input and direction. At a third meeting in early 2010, the team will present a preferred design developed from community input.

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Barfly
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Barfly

No public toilets!

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Can we have just a simple green space? No art, no playground equipment (nothing personal parents), no 'concept.'

jack seifert
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jack seifert

I say keep the old concrete foundation walls. It adds historical interest and visual drama.

Theravadist
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Theravadist

..and a great place for bums and drug dealers to hang out. No thanks. And no to public toilets.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

Public toilets are a nusiance, but also for some a necessity (like a friend of mine with Chrohns). I think they should make it a horse pasture myself.

pross206
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pross206

how about a perma culture garden ?that would be real nice

Fauxnothing
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Fauxnothing

What's wrong with leaving it just the way it is?

ballardpilot
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ballardpilot

I agree with the sentiment here to just keep it simple: plant grass, and leave it open space. No pretentious art. No public toilets. Nothing for the taggers or the bums to ruin. Just a place for kids of all ages to play and enjoy a little green time outdoors.

I'd also suggest that there needs to be an automated sprinkler system that runs every night, for 5 minutes every couple of hours. That might help cut down on the creeps taking it over – which (unfortunately) I think has now got to be the top priority. It's really depressing that this neighborhood has come to that, but unless you want the Ballard Garbage Lady and Public Sex Pitbull Girl to take over yet another public space, something has to be done to make it less attractive to them.

Ballard/Phinney
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Ballard/Phinney

Yes, let's have some play equipment! For those of us just East of this park, we have no parks with play equipment nearby.

jack seifert
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jack seifert

Is that happening now?

ballardemican
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ballardemican

Agreed — the sand box at the little park on 76th/7th is nice but a real playground would be great.

I also agree about not changing too much, but the bushes/trees need to be thinned — as it is they are too dense and create too many hidden pockets. The grass is pretty crappy too.

Knock out the old foundations, cut out bushes and trees to get clear sightlines to all areas from the street, smooth out the lawn a little, add swings, play structures, and 1/2 size replica of space needle should do it.

Ballard born
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Ballard born

why waste such open land for more human commotion to split into another perminate waste of space that takes 3 years to develop? If you want a place to take your kids, Whittier (where meeting was held) is 4 blocks away, if you want some brand new Wow yourself the first time you see it, then realize it's just expensive aesthetics, go to the new 64th St park and sit on cement chairs.

What ballard needs is a model, permacultural practice playground, some place with a real creative small group design that will help open the door to families on how to manage your daily waste in a way that doesnt ship it across the state, how to feed your soils so they can feed you if need be, a long term creative investment ahead of it's time so when it's time is called on there won't be a hasted minute to throw the bone to the hungry dogs.

Think along the terms of the future's reality, we don't need another stinkin park that is nooked away in hedge rows for the growing homeless tribes to find a use for, lets feed the future.

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