Matching fund grant awarded local park boosters

The Friends of Northeast Queen Anne Parks were awarded a Small and Simple Matching Fund Grant for their Greenbelt-Trails and Restoration Plan Project, which connects Trolley Hill and Maclean parks. Debra Sexton and Julie Pearl accepted the planning and design award at a recent ceremony at Beacon Hill Elementary School. It was one of more than 40 grants given and one of five submitted to the Department of Neighborhoods for planning and design.

In a letter to the group Mayor Greg Nickels recognized and commented on how neighbors engaged in activity with city resources "can result in improvements that provide a wonderful benefit to the community." Plans are underway to select the architect for a summer hiring process. It is anticipated that by fall, design meetings will be scheduled in which the community can participate.

Earlier this spring work parties took place, and future ones are planned. Students from John Hay Elementary School participated with their teachers and Earth Corps staff, and work parties performed park cleanup and mulching. The city's annual Day of Caring, Sept. 21, will again see many volunteers working at the Northeast Queen Anne parks.

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