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Summer is Booming in the City of Boom!
 
And Freeway Park is your place to experience it all - from a lively summer concert to a quiet moment by the waterfalls. Share your summer experiences in the Park with us HERE, or take the #Finding Freeway Park Survey.

* Instagram photo by @teresaallenmartinphotos
Summer 2017 Events 
August Highlights


Full Schedule HERE 
*all events are FREE and in the Main Plaza, unless indicated otherwise
Yoga & Zumba:  Free fitness classes taught by the fabulous instructors from the Washington Athletic Club.
  • Zumba Cardio Dance - August 7, 5:30-6:30 (Main Plaza)
  • Yoga Sunshine Reach - August 2 and August 9, 5:30-6:60 (Grassy East Plaza adjacent to WSCC)
Dancing til Dusk:  Free dance lessons and live bands. Visit DanceForJoy.biz for more information. Lessons begin at 6pm, live band and dancing from 7-9pm
  • Thursday, August 3 - Ben Thomas Quartet - Tango
  • Thursday, August 10 - Zydeco Sound - Zydeco
  • Thursday, August17 - Janet Rayor Rouge - Waltz and more!
Good Ol Square Dance in the Park:  August 24th - 6-9pm
 
Sponsored by the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society featuring The Squirrel Butter String Band and expert caller Charmaine Slaven! Other goodies to look forward to: a BEER Garden! RAFFLE prizes and COSTUMES! Join us and invite your friends! Facebook Event info here. 
Movie Night: Dr. Strangelove  August 31st, 7-10pm
 
Delight in this Stanley Kubrik classic on the grassy lawns of the East Plaza (adjacent to the WSCC). Hosted by The First Hill Improvement Association with FREE popcorn and candy! 

+ And after the movie, join the Finding Freeway Park project team for a night walk of Freeway Park. Help us identify areas of the Park that need more light with special illumination installations. The coffee is on us! 
Freeway Park in Profile
The Faces of Our Community 

Kristian

Occupation: Real Estate Broker and Seattle Parks Maintenance Worker
Neighborhood of Residence: Greenwood




+ How did you discover Freeway Park?

I started working at the park at age 18, in 2008, that's when I really discovered it. Before that, I was going under the park via I5 and had never really been to it. 
+ What is your favorite place/places to be in Freeway Park? 

Favorite place has to be the Main Plaza, after the flowers are planted and the grass is mowed and the Canyon Fountain in roaring. Perfect place to be downtown!

+ If you could change one thing about the Park, what would it be?

Add more color! We do our best to add flowers etc. but more could never hurt. Also a continuation of positive activity and events in the park. 

+ Tell us one favorite summertime activity. Could you see yourself doing it in Freeway Park? 

Honestly I love gardening at the park while at work, but after work I enjoy gardening at home, hiking, mini golf  and going on vacations in the summer.

+ If Freeway Park had a soundtrack, what would be its first and last songs?

First song: "PDA" by John Legend
Last Song: "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond

Finding Freeway Park
What's Next for our Favorite Park? 
With the first two FFP Public Engagement events completed, you might be wondering what the team has come up with thus far. From your feedback at events, through surveys and the chalkboard, Site Workshop has developed 3 guiding design principles: 
  • Physical improvements will be integrated with the existing design, enhancing the park’s identity rather than replacing it.
  • Active and passive spaces will be balanced throughout the park, supporting safety and increasing use while maintaining the valuable sense of tranquility and escape that the park currently offers. 
  • Improvements will be equity-driven, following Halprin’s original intent that Freeway Park be “a park for everyone.”
And of course, the unique design intent, aesthetic and historical significance of Halprin's Freeway Park continues to guide and shape this important work.

If you missed the last two meetings, Site Workshop's first iteration of design ideas inspired by your feedback will be up on our website this week so stay tuned. And there are a few more opportunities to get involved: The night walk on August 31st will specifically look at issues of lighting and safety in the park, and where improvements are most needed. 
  • Thursday August 31, 9:30pm - Night Walk together with Movie Night at the Park
  • Saturday September 9 - Seattle Design Festival event 
  • Saturday September 16, 11am - 2pm - Final Presentation in the Park 
Talk of the Town
Freeway Park in the Media

+ Freeway Park was part of the First Hill Find It, Fix It Walk with Mayor Murray on June 11. On the walk, our Executive Director, Riisa Conklin highlighted two important First Hill connections to Freeway Park at 9th/University and 8th/Seneca. She pressed the important opportunity to improve the visibility, accessibility and safety of these gateways through the Finding Freeway Park project. Brandon Macz covered the event for Capitol Hill Times and you can experience the entire walk in this video from the Seattle Channel or fast forward to Freeway Park at 15:03! 

+ Other highlights from the media include:
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