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Happy July, Seattle!
 
The fountains are on, the book carts are open daily, and the sun is shining! Our summer programming is coming into full swing this month, thanks to our partnerships with the Washington Athletic Club, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Friends of the Seattle Public Library and Dance for Joy. 

Mark your calendars! Check out our events page with all the dates here.

Our 41 year old plumbing system has kept the Seattle Parks Department team busy with old and new leaks, but we are happy to announce that all five fountains are up and running for the summer! Come and celebrate the Freeway Park's Canyon, Cascade, Legion, Pigott and Naramore fountains at:
 
Freeway Park Fountain Festival
 July 8th from 11-2pm
 
Freeway Park in Profile
The Faces of Our Community 
Beth

Occupation: Membership Director, KCTS 9
Neighborhood of Residence: First Hill 
Zodiac Sign: 100% Virgo - A blessing and a curse:) 


+ How did you discover Freeway Park?

I grew up here, so my mom told me about the park after it opened. She took me there as a kid... and then later as a teen, it was a fun place to have our own space and be away from adults. The park always fit my mood -- whether I was a child wanting to play, an angsty teenager, or an adult wanting some green space as a respite.
+ What is your favorite place/places to be in Freeway Park? 

The east plaza is lovely for pulling out a blanket on the grass. No matter what time of year, the park reflects the seasons so beautifully in the east plaza! The Canyon is my most favorite... it's such a stunning architectural feature, whether the fountains are on or not!

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

Efforts that would make it more visible to the public. Most people don't even know it's there and it's the largest green space in downtown Seattle -- such a gem! Also, a taco stand. I would never leave. 

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

Summertime can feel so busy because we've all come out of hibernation and there's so much to do and see. I think my favorite summertime activities are the ones that slow down time. When you get that feeling of endless summers that you knew In your childhood. Moments to relax and just absorb the beautiful outdoors. I guess slowing down is what I like to do most in the park -- sitting on the grass and just taking it all in.

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

First song: "I Think I'll Call it Morning" by Gil Scott-Heron
Last Song: "Les Fleurs" by Minnie Ripperton

Finding Freeway Park
Community Design Opportunities 
Perhaps you've walked by these chalkboards in the East Plaza, maybe you've even written a response, but what is this installation even for? In additional to being an engaging feature of the Park, SiteWorkshop, the minds behind the Finding Freeway Park Project, will actually use these responses to inform their priorities and visions for design changes to the Park. We want Freeway Park to better serve the folks that use it (you all!), so let us know your dreams! They could just come true...

* Thanks to Seattle's DON Matching Fund, SDOT Neighborhood Street Fund and our partners at Seattle Parks and Rec. 

Come out to meet the team and participate in the design process on the following dates:
  • Saturday July 8, 11am - 2pm - Together with Fountain Fest
  • 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 
Surveys & Way-finding!
 
FPA and SiteWorkshop have been busy installing survey boxes at the Pike & Hubbell and 6th& Seneca park entrances, and spray painting temporary way finding throughout the park. Like what you see? Stop and take the survey at one of the boxes, or online here.
Summer 2017 Events 
July Calendar

Mark your calendars folks, we've got a fun-filled July coming up!
  • Seattle Chamber Music Festival: Music Under the Stars:. Every Friday this July from 7-10pm in the Central Plaza. 
  • Yoga and Zumba classes: Taught by talented fitness instructors from the Washington Athletic Club. Check schedule for dates, times and locations. 
  • Dancing till' Dusk: Dance class and open dance with live music. Every Thursday July 20th-August 17th. Lesson at 6pm, dancing 7-9pm.
  • Tilth Alliance Gardening Workshop: Fall and Winter gardening.
  • Sunday July 16th 10- 11:30 am
  • Blues and Cool Jazz Series: Live concert series. Sundays 12-2pm in July and August. Check out band schedule here
  • Friends of Seattle Public Library Book Sales: $2-3 for new and gently used books.
  • Seattle Parks Buskers Program: Enjoy live music and support local musicians while you eat your lunch in the plaza.
*all events are FREE and in the Main Plaza, unless indicated otherwise
Community News 
Community Package Coalition Tours:  On this tour the Coalition will lead us through most of the project locations, including First Hill's Terry Avenue Promenade, Freeway Park, Pike-Pine protected bike lanes, and the Lid I-5 study area. They'll also discuss affordable housing opportunities and the project's proposed on-site benefits. Register here

Friday, July 7
5:30 - 6:30 PM, Meet at Freeway Park in Main Plaza, 6th/Seneca 
Saturday, July 8
10:00 – 11:30 AM, Meet at Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave
 

The First Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk:  Mayor Ed Murray is fixing to walk the First Hill neighborhood with residents and business owners in July to get a sense for the community’s needs.
 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
5pm - 7:30pm
Meet at First Hill Park
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Seattle, WA 98101


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