Thursday, September 30, 2010

2nd Design Meetings for Laurelhurst Park Playground Renovation on Saturday

The second design meeting for the new Laurelhurst Park playground will be this Saturday from 1-3 pm at the Laurelhurst Community Center.

The first one was held a few weeks ago and the community came up with many interesting ideas after breaking into small groups for about a half hour and each coming up with a design to present to the larger audience.

Following the  meeting, Barker Landscape Architects and the Playground Committee met and came up with 3 designs which will be presented to the public and decided upon at Saturday's meeting.

Karina tells us that "some of the designs feature meandering trails, a retaining wall with cool/ artistic seating (great for adults and teenagers), a bocce ball or tree lined courtyard, a covered play area, and nautical themes also conjuring up some of Laurelhurst historical past."

The public plays a very important role in not only giving input on what you would like to see at the new Laurelhurst Park playground but also in helping to secure money for the community matching grant.

For everyone person that attends and volunteers that equals dollars toward the Small and Simple Matching Grant.

"The more friends, neighbors and community members we can get to attend, the better it is for our community matching grant.
Last meeting we had around 28 people attend, and it would be great if we could double that and show the city that we deserve the levy money right away," Karina says.

Kids are also invited as well to give their important input. There will be fun activities for them as well including a bouncy house.

You can read more about this project at the Play it Safe at Laurelhurst Park Facebook page.

The Play it Safe Committee was formed in 2008 and brought about new play equipment specifically for 2-5 year olds. At that time they found out that most of the other Laurelhurst playground equipment was over 20 years old and needed to be replaced.

And through the voter-approved 2008 Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy, Seattle Parks has now allocated $400,000 to upgrade both the equipment and the space itself of the current playground.

(photo courtesy of Playground Facebook page)

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