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Hello Friends,

Our team has been enjoying more time out in the park these last few weeks and every day we see a new bud or bloom or tiny shoot. Spring is my absolute favorite time in the park when the branches are bare enough to let all the light in and see the glittering urban landscape surround while nature starts to slowly but surely taken over every possible inch. Come May, the green will envelop us, the fountains will be roaring and we will back into the full swing of programs and events! So enjoy this sweet time of growth and let us know what you want to see in the park this summer - its coming fast :)


- Riisa Conklin
Executive Director
 

We LOVE our Volunteers
Are you interested in helping out in Freeway Park?

We are excited to be back in the Park tackling projects with our community members. Whether it is weeding, planting, participating in a neighborhood clean-up, assisting at our special events or working at our Book Carts, we have a place for you. Email us at info@freewayparkassociation.org with your name and interests so we can get in touch about our upcoming opportunities. OR come say 'hi' in the Park and touch base! 
 
Dates to Remember:
+Earth Week Mulching Project, 04.18.22
+One Seattle Day of Service Neighborhood Clean-Up, 05.21.22
+Park Planting Day, 06.04.22

See you out there, 
FPA

 
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Programs & Events

Field Guides: A Walking Meditation
 
SPECIAL EVENT on 4.28.22
+ Noon-1pm & 5-6pm
+ A Listening Party with snacks, refreshments and the chance to meet the creators behind Field Guides.
+ Meet in Seneca Plaza!


+ Walking guides are available throughout the park 'til May 1st
+ Headphones Needed

Created by artists Hannah Simmons and Leah Crosby, "Field Guides is a series of place-based audio installations...The audio tracks offer a full sensory experience that guides the listener through a series of prompts and asks them to reconsider the limitations of body, place, and memory...A Walking Meditation, takes listeners on a 20-minute walk through Freeway Park and focuses around walking as ritual, as investigation, as a detour, as a way of forgetting, as a way of remembering." Get in touch to order a companion zine by Daisy Chain Press or pick one up during Cozy Corner. 

Volunteer Opportunity
+ Earth Week Mulching Project
+ Monday, 04.18.22 from Noon-1:30pm
+ Seneca Plaza

We are helping Seattle Parks and Recreation to brighten up the Park and give the plants what they need to stay healthy through the hot dry months. We will have tools, snacks and refreshments for you! Stop by to help for as long as you are able & celebrate Earth Week 2022 by giving back to your local Park.




Cozy Corner
+TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
+12:00-2:00 pm
Seneca Plaza

It may be warming up, but we all still need cozy vibes! There will be free tea, treats and a chance to grab a zine to participate in Field Guides: A Walking Meditation. Stop by to chat or just to take in the views.

P.S. Donations can be brought during this time.



 

Social Services in the Park
+ Donation Collection
+ FareStart Meal Distribution
+ REACH Park Visits

If you are able, please bring clothing along with hygiene products to us during Cozy Corner on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If our programming days do not work for you, please reach out via email or social media to plan alternate drop-off times.

FPA partners with FareStart, an organization working to nourish our community with food, skills and job support, to bring weekly meals to the park. This partnership has allowed us to connect with our neighbors who may not have access to food, as well as to take a more active role in social services. 

REACH Outreach Care Coordinators work daily to serve our community and are able to offer monthly tabling at the Park. REACH builds relationships with houseless folx and connects them to local resources – everything from food and clothing to medical care, shelter, and mental health and/or substance use treatment. Their team is made up of Case Managers, Outreach Care Coordinators, Chemical Dependency Specialists, and Nurses. On Monday April 25th, our team of Outreach Care Coordinators will be in Seneca Plaza from 10:30 am-Noon.


Talk of the Town

News from Our Neighbors & The Wider Parks Community
 

Weigh in on Seattle Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s next six-year spending cycle begins in 2023. Spending will focus on safety, maintenance, recreation affordability, park development, and supporting community events and programs. The planning phase begins this spring and the department is looking for feedback from park users.
Learn more about the call for community input here.




 

Park Ranger Retires at 100

The nation’s oldest active park ranger is hanging up her Smokey hat at the age of 100. Betty Reid Soskin retired at the end of March after more than 15 years at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, the National Park Service announced. Soskin, “...spent her last day providing an interpretive program to the public and visiting with co-workers...“ a Park Service statement said. She led tours at the park and museum honoring the women who worked in factories during wartime and shared her own experience as a Black woman during the conflict. She worked for the U.S. Air Force in 1942 but quit after learning that, “...she was employed only because her superiors believed she was white...” according to a Park Service biography. Read more about her journey and impact here.

Keeping in Touch

There are many ways to connect with us!

  • Find us on social media using the linked icons below. We are very active on Instagram, Facebook, and have lots of great photos from all our past events on Flickr.
  • Shoot us an email at info@freewayparkassociation.org.
  • Come visit us! 
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Website
Facebook
Flickr


Freeway Park is a public park owned and managed by Seattle Parks & Recreation.

FPA Mailing and Office Address:
601 Union St / Suite 310 
Seattle, WA 98101

Park Address:
700 Seneca St. 
Seattle, WA 98101


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