Tuesday, May 27, 2008

WSB: Cottage Grove “little kid” playground proposals: Your turn!

From West Seattle Blog:

Cottage Grove “little kid” playground proposals: Your turn!May 25, 2008 at 1:57 pm In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks
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A new feature is in the works for Cottage Grove Park in Delridge — a playground where the littlest of children can safely play. Organizers now have three options, and they’re hoping you will help them choose - just one of the ways you can help - read on to see the options and find out more:

First, Betsy Hoffmeister, who’s volunteering on the playground project, tells the story:
The history of Greg Davis Park, Cottage Grove Park, and the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail goes way back before my time.

I just moved to Delridge from the Morgan Junction three years ago, so we
were lucky to find all these parks going in as soon as we got here. Just two
years ago, the Northeast corner of Brandon and 26th was an overgrown lot filled
with junked cars, old tires, broken bottles, and scrubby trees, including some
ancient apple trees. One thing I’ve learned is that Cottage Grove used to be
filled with orchards. There are a few remnant trees left.

Although the lot was a habitat for many songbirds, it was not much of a
space for the community. Last year the lot was razed to the ground and
transformed into a rolling field, gentle pathways, a contemplation garden, and
an exciting playground for children ages 5 and up. The park is beautifully
landscaped with many edible, native plants including blueberries, salal, and
Oregon grape. We keep waiting for bats to take up resident in the bat house
waiting for them.
My children and I started biking and walking to the park
whenever we had free time. My son, Isaac, who is seven, challenged me to climb
all over the equipment with him. My climbing skills pale in comparison with his.
My three year old daughter, Rebecca, is swiftly bored. There is little for her
to do. She can sort of swing in some low swingy-seat things, but she can’t reach
the equipment and what she can reach, she can’t safely climb on. She can’t run
around in the grass because careless neighbors let their dogs – all of which
seem to be the size of horses, judging by the piles they leave behind – run
free. So she gets bored and we have to leave the neighborhood and drive to
another playground where both of them can play.

Being an action-oriented kind of gal, and a member of the North Delridge
Neighborhood Council, I naively thought to myself, “Geez, let’s build a
playground for the little kids!” So, I started the process. Now we have a group
of wonderful neighbors working together to design a playground, work with the
appropriate city bureaucrats, and raise money. We would like feedback from our
neighbors. We have three proposed designs. Without going into too much detail,
here are three pictures of three different playground ideas and the flat fee
from the designers. Please write in and let us know your favorite design and
why. We are still working on figuring out how to collect donations – we have a
fiscal sponsor and we are working out the final details on that! Thanks for your

You can click each image to open a larger version. First, this one is from Cascade Recreation, a $15,522 bid:

Next, from Sitelines, a $13,871 bid:

And from Architecreation, a $16,021 bid:

Betsy adds: “We’ve already raised $182.81 at the West Seattle Garage Sale – Wahoo! Keep those donations flooding in!” You can e-mail her and playground organizers at: northdelridge@gmail.com.

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