located at 5th Ave NE and NE 112th.
Bruce Hubbard on Front Porch of Home which was moved from the Northgate area Homestead site back in 1960's
But now, the City of Seattle has gone back on it's promise. They promised Hubbard, and dozens of neighbors and stakeholders that the new park planned at this site just north of the Target store would contain the Spring brought back to life, a "runnel" (channel containing a man-made stream from the spring) and a natural wetland (the City called it a "wet meadow"). But when the contractors and Parks Project Managers started implementing the plan, they had removed the Spring and wetland from the project.
Mr Hubbard found out and now members of the Thornton Creek Legal Defense Fund and Thornton Creek Alliance and Northgate Stakeholders have begun asking the City why they are going back on their promises. There are many documents showing the intent of the PAT (Parks Action Team) Committee and Seattle Parks was to bring the spring and wetland back to life. But, somehow the plans were changed without any notice to the community or the Hubbard family.
This park site is a historic wetland and stream corridor of the South Branch of Thornton Creek, home to 5 species of salmonids. The creek, from this site enters the South Branch at Thronton Creek Park 6, where Beavers have recently created a habitat. The Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel, 12 blocks south of here, was the product of a 10 year struggle to Daylight Thornton Creek at the South Parking Lot of the Northgate Mall. It was completed last spring and is now providing major water quality benefits and stormwater protection.
Much of the funding for this park came from the Pro Parks Levy in 2008. The site was formerly a KC Metro Park and Ride lot which had been paved over in 1968.
Here is the story today via KING 5 News' Gary Chittum.
KING 5 News Story -