Friday, April 20, 2018

All About SUN Pocket Park Near Laurelhurst Elementary School

The Sun Park Team, which oversees the upkeep of the small corner pocket park located at the corner of NE 47th Street and 47th Avenue NE, invites the community to Weed and Sweep Brigade work parties held the second Saturday of each month at 10am.

The team said neighbors are welcome to "stop by with a favorite garden tool to keep the park in shape."

Sun Park is located on the corner of NE 47th Street and 47th Avenue NE where originally a large 1920's Bungalow style house was with a large backyard. 

A developer divided the original lot in three parcels and two houses were built on the subdivided lots. The Sun Park group, along with many in the community, attended a meeting along with City representatives, to save the third parcel from being developed and then created a pocket park.

The plot of land was purchased in March 2007 by a group of Laurelhurst neighbors and friends, through donations to the Cascade Land Conservancy, in order to preserve the small open space from development. 

SUN Park group provided this history, also located on a plaque at the park:

Saving Urban Nature
In 2005 the property at the corner of NE 47th St. and 47th Ave. NE was slated for development, but neighborhood residents saw an opportunity to create a community park and native plant garden. They worked with Cascade Land Conservancy (now Forterra) and formed a partnership to acted on this dream. Forterra is a nonprofit 501.c.3 organization whose mission is to conserve great lands and create great communities.  
The property was purchase in 2007 and SUN Park was completed in 2009, all funded by private donations. The Friends of SUN Park continue to partner with Forterra as well as to volunteer to maintain the plantings and enhance the space for neighborhood use.
The garden showcases a diverse collection of trees, shrubs, ferns, perennials, and groundcovers native to Western Washington. Identification markers offer
some information on the plants and the ways in which their use represented the
first ‘grocery store’ and ‘pharmacy’ for local Native American cultures.
SUN Park serves as a demonstration site for those interested in growing native
plants and learning more about the plants indigenous to the region. Gardening
with these plants creates a more nature landscape, promotes wildlife habitats,
and requires less maintenance.

To support SUN Park, contact Dixie Porter ( or 206-383- 0147) or Janice Camp (206-849- 5778).

Go here for more information.

No comments: