Saturday, September 27, 2014

Myers Parcels

From Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty and TreePAC, news about some land not too far from Lincoln Park. Maps and more info at the end:
I have been distributing the flyer below  to homes near the Myers parcels. I do not have the page from the City’s report or map of the property digitized yet, but they were copied and included with the flyer. Please let the people you know that I am wanting to build a support group for Myers Park. We need to make a petition at the very least. Otherwise it will get sold quietly and  unfought for.

Greetings Good Neighbor,
Sorry for the intrusion, but I thought you’d like to know about some City owned open space near you that is likely to get sold for commercial development.

I’d like to see it become a Discovery Park South. That would make for a nice buffer between residential homes and the Duwamish industrial area,  improve our housing values,  give our kids a place to learn about nature, beautify our neighborhood, and contribute to the ecological health of our community.

It is made up of 5 properties, together called the Myers Parcels, which cover 38 acres in wooded hillsides, wetlands, and meadows. The land is located in the southeast part of West Seattle close to White Center, roughly between Myers Way S  and 2nd Ave SW, and Olson Place and SW 100th Street. Part of it, formerly the Joint Training Facility (9401 Myers Way South), is currently being used by the Fire Department. The City tried to sell that land to LOWES in 2007 but the deal flipped.

If you would like to see the land kept as a park, please email me and say so. I am collecting names and emails to give to the City Council so they know we are interested. Feel free to email me any questions or comments too. I will not barrage you with eco-spam or share your contact information with anybody.

Suggested words: ‘ Yes Cass, we would like to see the Myers parcels used as a park or tree bank.’ (then add your name and email)

Thanks for listening,
Cass Turnbull,,
or call me at work, 206-783-9093

The center of it is The Joint Training Facility, it has (or had two months ago) a sign on Myers Road I believe is the name of the street. There is a new retirement (Shag?) community in one corner. You can see hiway 509 from there. It is on the backside of a large West Seattle Park whose name escapes me. Folks may be able to google up a map with the words...Seattle FAS Myers....then scroll down the surplus property list to Myers, and open some of the fields. 

Myers Parcels  there are 4 or five properties—NOTE it is spelled Myers, not Meyers. They are administered by FAS not SCL, they are 23 acres or more.

PMA 4539 Myers A= 9403 2nd Ave SW, located west of joint training – wooded hillsides?
PMA 4540 Myers parcel B = 9501 Myers Way S, nice grass land? Just south of joint
PMA 4541 Myers parcel C= 9701 Myers Way S, far south
PMA 4542 = Myers parcel D 9600 Myers way S, across the big street, wooded slope?
PMA 4326 =  9401 Myers Way South,
They tried to sell this piece for $ 9 million to Lowes 2006 or 7, the deal flipped. Before that it was  The Joint Training Facility, which  became Surplus. Now, suddenly,  it is  ‘fully utilized’ by Fire Dept- it is the heart of the properties and already has the visitors center building and parking lot there—it’s just full of firemen is all.

And here’s much more info – scroll down a bit to “Myers Way Parcels”:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Saturday work party, Oct. 4

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park, isn't this rain fabulous! Mother Nature is getting Lincoln Park ready for our big planting event (Saturday, Nov 1). But we've got some work to do to get ready too. Saturday a week, we'll be fine tuning the areas we want to plant in. 
  • Saturday, Oct 4, 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Time for NW layers to stay warm and dry with sturdy shoes or boots. 
Check out our blog for a great video taken by Micheal Oxman fall of 2012 (thanks Michael). Eric and Lisa demonstrate how to plant. Just learned the video is being used for teaching stewards. Way to go Eric and Lisa! 
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Video: How to Plant

We are approaching planting season! Here's a video made by Michael Oxman in 2012 at Lincoln Park that is being used to teach how to plant: Lincoln Park, Green Seattle Day 2012:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunday Work Party, Sept. 21

Greetings Friends of Lincoln Park! Excuse me, but what happened to summer!?  We did lots of good work in Lincoln this summer, but it went so fast. But fall rains are welcome and will prepare the way for some planting later this fall (Nov 1--mark your calendar). But first we need to prepare a couple of areas by removing invasive plants. Join us!

  • Sunday, Sept 21 9am to noon
  • Meet near the north parking lot kiosk (Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Rose St)
  • Sturdy shoes or boots, longs sleeves and pants and maybe rain gear 

Check the previous post here about the beautiful signs Denise Dahn of the Seattle Nature Alliance made for Schmitz Park. The signs remind visitors to keep dogs on leash and not trample the forest floor "The forest floor is alive".  I'm inquiring about getting some for Lincoln. Sharon 
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park

New Signs in Schmitz Park

(cross-posted on the Seattle Nature Alliance)
There are a couple of new additions to Schmitz Park, signs encouraging appropriate use:

Located at the SW Hines and the Admiral/Stevens entrances to the park, they are a reminder to visitors to treat the park gently and with respect, as “The Forest Floor is Alive”. Schmitz Park, at 53 acres, includes some beautiful riparian habitat created by Schmitz Park Creek, and it is home to one last stands of old growth forest left in Seattle.

The interpretive signs were designed and donated to Schmitz Park by artist/writer/designer Denise Dahn. She is a Co-founder and Director of Seattle Nature Alliance and owner of Dahn Design, LLC. The signs were installed by Seattle Parks and Recreation, with guidance from Friends of Schmitz Preserve.