Seattle Parks Seeks Names for 2 Ballard, 1 West Seattle Park


Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to submit potential names for parks in the Ballard and West Seattle neighborhoods. Suggestions for names are due to the Park Naming Committee by Wednesday, June 2.

The following parks, characterized here by their working names, are undergoing the naming process:

9th Avenue NW: This site was purchased with 2000 Pro Parks Levy funds and now, as a result of the 2008 Parks & Greens Spaces Levy, there is funding to develop this site into a brand new park.  The public process involved three community meetings, which provided valuable design direction. The design most preferred at the final public meeting includes a community garden at the north end, a sitting wall enclosed space to recall an old building foundation, an open lawn, a “sledding hill” and a small play area at the south end. There is a planted buffer along the back edge with a trail for unstructured play.  Construction on the site is scheduled to begin in August 2010, with completion anticipated in spring 2011. For more information, please visit

Crown Hill School Open Space: This project, located at Holman Rd NW and 13th Ave NW, renovates existing ballfields and adjacent newly acquisitioned land. Pedestrian circulation, celebrated entries, open space, areas for play, a newly renovated field, seating, and plantings are among the many elements being considered.  The project was put on hold in 2006 after Seattle Public Schools declared the property a surplus, and put it up for sale. The City of Seattle purchased the property in March 2009 for $5.4 million. This 1.71-acre acquisition fulfills one of Crown Hill’s longstanding community goals in its neighborhood plan.  Seattle Parks and Recreation has dusted off the conceptual plans that were last presented to the community in 2006, and is moving forward. Parks has re-established the design team with the appropriate sub-consultants, reviewing comments and results from the earlier process, and is defining a preferred schematic plan based on past and current conditions.  Parks and Green Spaces Levy development funding of $1.2 million will contribute to completing the design and construction of the park.  Parks will host the first public meeting on this project since 2006 on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Crown Hill Center. 9250 14th Ave NW.  Fire Station 35 is using a portion of the Holman Road frontage for temporary use while its permanent facility is being upgraded. Construction of the site is projected for spring 2011, with an anticipated completion in the fall of 2011.  For more information, please visit

High Point Playfield: The High Point Playfield is located at 6920 34th Ave. SW. The site was acquired in 1977 from the Seattle Housing Authority. It is a little over 11 acres and was developed in 1980 as a playfield. The site consists of two baseball fields and a lighted sand soccer field used primarily by recreational sports groups.

Please submit suggestions for park names in writing by June 2, 2010, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send suggestions to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Park Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to In keeping with Seattle’s “Paper Cuts” program, Parks encourages electronic submissions.

Improvements for Matching Fund Applicants

Beginning January, 2010, the Department of Neighborhoods will be using revised guidelines for the Neighborhood Matching Fund programs which make the application easier to use, and which change the dollar amounts involved for both citizen input (worth of an hour of citizen time goes up to $20/hr from $15/hr) and for the upper limit for some of the smaller programs (small grants now allow up to $20,000).

To read more, check out the SWS News page.

CoolMom 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Swap & Sale

It’s baaaccckkkk! CoolMom’s 2nd Annual Toy Swap’n’Sale!

Get ready for a really big show at the Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. SW (Barton & California), right across from the Fauntleroy School.

Jumpstart your holiday shopping, save money, and lower your carbon footprint. Help the West Seattle CoolMoms tread lighter on the planet this holiday season and raise funds for three very deserving organizations (CoolMom, WestSide Baby, and Family Works). There also will be information on how to make your holiday greener.

Three things need to happen to make it an even bigger success this year:

  1. Spread the word, go to and download the flyer and post it throughout your neighborhood.
  2. Donate towards the event! Gently used toys and gear. Not only is your donation tax-deductible, but it also awards you a $5 credit at the sale
  3. Come to the sale and shop your heart out!

CoolMom has partnered with WestSide Baby and Family Works for this year’s Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale. Help these CoolMom communities tread lighter on the planet this holiday season and raise funds for three very deserving organizations.

CoolMom wants to help families reduce spending and their carbon footprint this holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste in the United States increases by more than 25%. By buying locally used toys instead of newly packaged toys purchased at several stores throughout the state or country, families can reduce their travel fuel consumption and reduce their impact on our recycling and landfill centers. Buying quality used toys also saves families money, which helps in these tough economic times.

How to Donate

  • De-clutter and detach from all the unused toys and gear in that closet/garage.
  • Bag up your items: toys, sports clothes and products, baby gear, etc. (no clothing or car seats)
  • Donate your items at one of our 8 West Seattle locations  before 4pm Wednesday, November 11
  • Include your name on your donation bag (or on a slip of paper inside the bag)
  • Receive a $5 credit towards your purchase on the day of the sale.
  • Come to the sale, redeem your credit, and shop!

Donation Locations

  1. PCC West Seattle
  2. Husky Deli
  3. Gatewood Elementary School
  4. Arbor Heights Elementary School
  5. Community School of West Seattle
  6. Pathfinder School (new location)
  7. C&P Coffee
  8. Alki Co-op Preschool