Transforming a small space
The “Friends of the Lake City Fred Meyer Garden” are a working advisory group formed by Lake City Future First to transform the small green space just south of the store location on 130th and LCW.
Outreach efforts both in person and online have determined recommendations with emphasis on beautification and ecologically sensitive features. These outreach efforts will inform the professionally created renderings for the final public outreach process to determine a common vision for the community. We plan to be up and ready to apply for Neighborhood Matching Fund grant support to begin implementation on a vision created through broad community consensus in early 2016.
In 2014 Lake City Future First contacted the Lake City Fred Meyer regarding an unused portion of property the Fred Meyer Corporation owned on Lake City Way. A discussion was had with corporate representatives about the possibility of a community imagined and realized treatment of the space. The green light was given by Fred Meyer to pursue a process of public input to create a consensus and proposal for the future of the space. The Friends of Lake City Fred Meyer Garden Project working with Lake City First applied and obtained grant funding from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods “Small and Simple” funding mechanism to continue work on outreach and to create design concepts based on broad public feedback.
The project is an important one for a growing Lake City community. We included staff from service providers, residents, property owners, community groups, University of Washington students and city staff in the advisory group. The importance of engaging residents along 33rd Ave. and in close proximity to the site is paramount in efforts to ensure the site is maintained and becomes a true community asset. The high visibility of the site will go a long way toward helping with perception issues regarding the site and the surrounding area. A tangible and visible change located directly in our civic core will help in our efforts to revitalize our commercial corridor.
An additional natural feature of the space is the existence of a culvert running beneath the space that ties into the Thornton Creek Water Shed system. The communities desire to acknowledge the existence of the culvert and a commitment by the advisory group has insured that some recognition of the water system and an educational aspect of its existence will be included in the final design. Members of the Thornton Creek Alliance also participate on our advisory board.