Weekend Highlights

Published October 22, 2013
At Home & Living

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park in Costume

Come celebrate the grand opening of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, located at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 82nd Street, on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids are encouraged to don their Halloween costumes for this event.

Take part in the Maple Leaf neighborhood’s annual Parade of Costumes (at 1 p.m.) before the park event. At the grand opening, enjoy a performance by Counterbalance Barbershop Quartet, a ribbon cutting ceremony, light refreshments and family entertainment.

The celebration will include the dedication of Patrick Marold’s site-specific artwork, Confluent Boulders. Inspired by the two water sources that feed the Maple Leaf Reservoir, the sculpture comprises two boulders taken from the Tolt River and Cedar River watersheds.

Seattle Public Utilities is in the process of replacing its open reservoirs with underground structures to improve the quality and security of Seattle’s water supply. That replacement also provides space on which a park can be built. The Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Development Project transforms the reservoir lid’s 16 acres of open space into a neighborhood park for northeast Seattle.

Seattle Parks, the Berger Partnership and the community worked together to create a comprehensive plan for the new park, including the existing Maple Leaf Playground. The community’s vision of sweeping views, waves of grasses and places to soar inspired a design theme of “Wind, Waves and Wings.”

The new neighborhood park includes many exciting features and diverse ways to enjoy the space. The park’s upper portion contains a series of rain gardens, a shelter, a gathering plaza and a viewpoint that highlights Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. The park’s sport court area includes a pickle ball court, a hitting wall and basketball hoops. Pathways weave through plantings and trees. Two staircases connect the upper and lower levels of the park. The lower level includes a play area and two ballfields. The play area was completed in spring 2013. The ballfields are expected to be ready for use in spring 2014.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided $5 million to plan, design and construct Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. For more information visit www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/maple_leaf_reservoir.


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