Lewis Park Natural Area
It was mostly abandoned and not much to look at, what with the invasive species, homeless encampments, and garbage. Then in 2007, volunteers took over. They ripped out the unwanted growth and restored the 5-acre park, which is just below the PacMed building on Beacon Hill, and transformed it into something prettier and safe.
With guidance and support from the Green Seattle Partnership and with funding from multiple sources such as the Department of Neighborhoods and the King Conservation District, Friends of Lewis Park (FoLP) continue to host volunteer restoration events throughout the year. Numerous community volunteers and businesses have generously contributed their time and talents to transform this once crime-ridden area into a healthy and accessible urban forest
In 2012, FoLP were awarded a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant to hire a landscape architect to lead a public input process for Lewis Park. This public process resulted in a trail design that was then funded through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. Design and permitting of the new trail began in 2014. Construction began in late 2016 and the opening of the new trail system is expected in 2018.
Some of the elements of the originally-designed trail system were cut due to unanticipated costs. FoLP have been awarded a 2017 Department of Neighborhoods Community Partnership Fund which will enable us to continue the trail project as designed. This includes completing the community gathering area, installing railings along the upper trail lookouts and outdoor classroom, restoring slope areas around the new trail, and installing trail wayfinding signage. Thanks to the Seattle Parks Foundation for once again supporting FoLP as a fiscal sponsor.
SEE YOU AT THE PARK!