Greetings from Seattle!
I made a pleasant discovery just a few blocks from my home this week:
What’s going on here?
This is a Seattle park on the corner of two busy streets. This .21 acre space used to be a parking lot, but in 2008 the Seattle Parks Department decided to turn it into a green space. Unpaving Paradise, a project started by the Capitol Hill Community Council’s Open Space Committee, has done a great deal and continues to work to raise money and community involvement in the brand new park.
The park has lawns, an area for skateboarding, and a P-Patch. P-Patches are community gardens, and there are 73 of them in Seattle! You can read more about the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program here, but here’s just some of what they do: grow community, practice organic gardening, feed the hungry, and improve access to organic, culturally appropriate, and local food!