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Hello Friends,
 

The daffodils are beginning to peek out and we can feel Spring in the air - but don't be fooled! - mother-nature has a bit more winter in store for us. So - we are holding fast to hot tea and warmups at Cozy Corner and are still collecting winter gear for our neighbors in need. Field Guides meditation walks provide some sweet relief from the greys & blues, so be sure to order your copy of the limited edition zine and get out here for a walk! 


- Riisa Conklin
Executive Director

 
We have an announcement...
Food Equity Fund 2022

In November of last year, our team submitted an application to the Department of Neighborhood’s Food Equity Fund. The goal of our proposal was to fund the continued distribution of food in Freeway Park throughout 2022 and continue our partnership with Farestart. We’re excited to announce that our application was approved, and we’ve been fully funded for this project! FPA has been distributing FareStart meals every week in the park since mid-2021 and now, thanks to the DON funding, we are able to increase the number of weekly meals we distribute, include hydrating drinks and nourishing snacks. These goods will be distributed to people in our community who lack access to food, with an emphasis on serving those experiencing homelessness in and around Freeway Park. We expect this enhanced program to begin in early April. Read more about the Food Equity Fund & other recipients here!
 

Thank you Department of Neighborhoods for your support and for prioritizing community access to food & thank you FareStart for your continued sponsorship and commitment to community.

P.S. Please take this survey to help us create
equitable programming for our community.
Programs & Events

Field Guides: A Walking Meditation
+ Daily
+ Throughout the park 'til May
+ Headphones Required

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. 


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

We are working to ensure that our neighbors are protected from the elements. If you are able, please bring winter clothing & supplies along with hygiene products to us during Cozy Corner on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, we are looking for N-95s to distribute to keep folx protected. 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 to 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. With our upcoming Food Equity Fund, the Department of Neighborhoods will allow us to receive more weekly meals and to have more regular access to protein rich snacks for folx. 

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 March 28th, our team of Outreach Care Coordinators will be in Seneca Plaza from 10:30 am-Noon.


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

FREE tea & treats, lounge chairs and a fire pit to warm right up. Stop by to chat or just to breathe in some fresh February air. 
*Check our social media pages for changes due to weather.*


P.S. Donations can be brought to us during this time!


Talk of the Town

🐦 News from Freeway Park & Our Neighbors - Wildlife Edition 🐦
 

Falcon Rescued in West Seattle

A West Seattleite and community naturalist successfully rescued an injured Peregrine Falcon near Lowman Beach on Monday. The falcon was alert and reactive, but sensitive to what appeared to be an injured leg. The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird on the planet, reaching recorded speeds of 242 mph while hunting. We’re happy to hear this impressive bird was taken to PAWS to recover! Head over to West Seattle Blog to read more about the rescue.

 

Harbor Patrol Rescues Duck

Last week a duck was stuck in a service area of the University Bridge and rescued by Harbor Patrol Officers. Several local animal rescue groups were contacted by the bridge’s caretaker, but were unavailable. The space wasn’t large enough for the duck to fly out, but with encouragement from the Harbor Patrol, the aquatic merganser was able to dive underwater and find an opening to escape! Read more about Operation Duck on Kiro 7.

Photo: Alice Cahill | Audubon Photography Awards

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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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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