Volunteer work party Saturday to plant Eastlake’s renovated Roanoke Park

The renovated Roanoke Park will move a step closer to completion on Saturday, March 31, when Eastlake neighbors gather to put in plantings. 

A volunteer work party will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and everyone is invited.

The small park at the foot of E. Roanoke, site of the Boeing Company’s original airplane factory, has long been in need of renovation. Ivy had taken over the site which includes four Heritage Trees and a public access point to Lake Union.

As we reported in February, work on renovating the park began with neighborhood resident Carsten Stinn. Stinn is a project designer at Perkins+Will, a national design firm with an office in Seattle that dedicates one percent of its staffs’ work hours to developing projects that will benefit the greater community. Stinn proposed the park project to Perkins+Will and the firm decided to undertake it. Employees from the firm spent more than 200 hours drawing up plans for the park.

Stinn recruited others in the neighborhood to help, including Johann Wassermann, a surveyor; Amanda Bailey, a local landscape designer; and Mary Hansen, Linda Furney, Dane Jensen and Tim Ahlers. The project was sponsored by the Eastlake Social Club with the support of the Eastlake Community Council, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and the Seattle Department of Transportation. Funding for the $50,000 project is coming from the city.

Saturday’s work party is the next step in the project. Stinn would also like to renovate a second piece of the park, which faces Mallard Cove. Funding for that project isn’t available at this time.

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