On Mother's Day, the Arboretum Foundation and UW Botanic Gardens launched a broad, state-funded survey to learn about the needs and preferences of the community regarding the future of the Washington Park Arboretum.
The entities are asking for feedback both from current park users and those to wish to better serve in the future.
A focal point of the survey is the North End parcel, the 28-acre peninsula on the shores of Lake Washington that will return to the Arboretum at the completion of the SR 520 bridge project. Community input will help shape the design and use of this land.
At this early stage, priorities include recognizing the Coast Salish peoples as the original inhabitants of the land, expanding shoreline access, and restoring Arboretum Creek.
“We want to ensure that all community voices are clearly heard in this process,” said Arboretum Foundation Executive Director Jane Stonecipher. “One of our key goals is to identify and remove barriers preventing people from participating in the many wonderful resources that the Arboretum has to offer.”
The study is being funded by the Washington State legislature, and the results will be made public. Data collection is expected to be completed by September 2023, and the final report will be published in November.
“This is a truly unique opportunity to influence the future of the Arboretum and the programs we provide there. We want to hear from all voices in our community,” University of Washington Botanic Gardens Director Christina Owen said.
To complete the survey, visit surveymonkey.com/r/arboretum2023. It takes fewer than 10 minutes.
More details about the survey arboretumfoundation.org/community-survey.
The Arboretum Foundation, in partnership with UW Botanic Gardens, has contracted with Seva Workshop and Biederman Redevelopment Ventures to conduct the study.
The 230-acre Arboretum is cooperatively managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, with major support from the Arboretum Foundation. The city owns the land and maintains the roads, trails, lawns, and utilities, while the University owns and curates the plant collections. The Foundation raises important funds to support Arboretum operations and special projects.