Franklin Park Improvements Projects
February 20, 2009
For the York Neighborhood
Submitted by: Helen Jackson,
Coordinator for Franklin Park Projects for YNA.
Small and Simple
- Helen Jackson submitted the
grant application on February 1, 2009. Travis Cary of the Development
Department shared that there are many more applications this year than in
the past. If we are fortunate enough to receive the grant it will go
toward contracted work, plants/trees, cement for benches and signs, soil
and sign materials for the 3 year neighborhood volunteer project on
Franklin Street Island. This is one of the few open space areas left in
the York Neighborhood, and will provide a walking, wooded trail from
Lakeway Drive to Whatcom Street, a lovely entry to Franklin Park and a
focal point from Lakeway Drive. We should hear back on this by mid-March.
The Work Parties:
- On Martin Luther King weekend,
over 25 volunteers from our neighborhood, students from Sehome High
School, city volunteers and York residents worked to lay cardboard and
mulch the Franklin Street Island. Snacks were donated by Starbucks in
Sehome Village, and kept us from hypothermia. It was a definite bad
weather day, but, in spite of this,
we got much done and everyone enjoyed being wet and cold together.
- On Saturday, February 9, four
neighborhood volunteers and a Western student met at the Franklin Street
Island. We had mulch, cardboard, stakes and were busily preparing the isle
for this year’s planting.
- The trail is taking shape and
can now be walked from Lakeway Drive to Whatcom Street, thanks to Ron
Barnett extra work this past week.
Franklin Park Improvements Committee has not meet since November 28, 2007. We
are waiting for Jonathan Schilk to update the design plan and coordinate with
department heads. We should be meeting later in February or early March.