Public meeting next week for 14th Ave. NW park project

On March 7, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the East Ballard Community Association  will hold the second public meeting to discuss the new park project for 14th Ave. NW. As we reported in January, “the purpose of the project is to convert two full blocks and two half blocks of 14th Ave NW between NW 58th and NW 62nd from an existing concrete roadway and gravel parking median to green space with green infrastructure and park elements and incorporate safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.”

One of the sketches of the park boulevard plan presented to the Ballard District Council.

At the meeting, Seattle Parks and Mithun, the design consultant, will present the preferred final schematic design and discuss further steps for the project. January’s meeting was used to present the project history, site analysis, three design options and gather input from community members.

The project ultimately aims to convert the east of 14th Ave NW between NW 59th and NW 61st streets into a new “street” park. Traffic will be rerouted in such a way that the northbound traffic will be moved to the west side of 14th Ave. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Parish School (5816 15th Ave. NW). To learn more about the project, visit Park’s website.

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