Paradise Parking Plots is hosted at Hillside Church in Kent and is a project with World Relief Seattle. The goal is to transform 2 acres of parking lot into a community farm for the surrounding refugee population which will become a hub for community building through food. Designed by Stone Soup Gardens, Paradise Parking Plots will be a powerful demonstration home to the first raingardens in Kent, will capture part of a 30,000 square foot roof into large cisterns, and will help to turn a natural spring into a habitat pond. (The stream currently runs across the pavement and into a storm drain.)
On June 23rd, Stone Soup Gardens employees went to the first Depave project to help create a garden paradise! Marco, our designer, Patrick, our crew lead, Susan, our Office Manager, and Jake - our esteemed leader headed off to pick up a shovel and lend a few hands.
Here is a look at the overall property before the depave. (The parking lot we were working to remove is the rectangular lot below the church building. )
Thanks to Turner Construction, their fabulous employees, their awesome heavy equipment, tools, and safety gear, along with other volunteers from World Relief Seattle, King County Conservation District, and Hillside Church, we were able to remove most of the asphalt from the parking areas, and put it into large dumpsters to be hauled away.
Great job everyone! We are looking forward to seeing this as it progresses. Check out this article from King 5 about the project.
Our work at Alleycat Acres Wetmore Garden project is still underway. Since this is a volunteer and community led job, we could use your help! Alleycat Acres hosts work parties at Wetmore the last Saturday of the month, which is this coming Saturday, May 27th from 10 am - 2 pm. Come on out and get your hands dirty and help create this awesome gathering space, garden plots, trails, and urban food forest.
Questions? Want to find out more? The Wetmore Community Farm is coordinated by Kyla Rudnick and community liaison Annalisa Moore. You can reach them here: Kyla@alleycat-acres.org and Annalisa@alleycat-acres.org.
Volunteer work party at Wetmore Community Gardens
Saturday, May 27th - 10 am - 2 pm
Corner of Wetmore Ave S and S Estelle St, just off Rainier Ave S. (map)
We had a nice little mention in this Spring's P-Patch post. Judkins P-Patch is a wonderful place for growing veggies and community. For more information about Judkins P-Patch, take a peek at their Facebook page.
Interested in the work we did for the P-patch? Look at our previous posts HERE and HERE, or stop by and see our lovely patio and retaining wall for yourself!
Would you like to read more, or perhaps receive the P-Patch Post for yourself? Click HERE.
At the end of last year, Stone Soup Gardens had the pleasure of being chosen to create new urbanite retaining walls at the Judkins Park P-Patch. The walls were part of a larger vision the community and the Department of Neighborhoods had for the P-Patch, and they wanted someone skilled with using recycled materials for the job. (See previous post HERE.)
This year, the Department of Neighborhoods and the folks at the P-Patch came back and asked us to install a community patio space, as well as a space for ADA accessible raised garden beds at the Norman St entrance to the P-Patch.
We've been busy for the last week working on this project, and we are excited to share with you how things are shaping up! Take a look below to see the newly laid patio space, and the finishing of our retaining walls. Next up, ground cover installation and a hand-made inlay welcoming you to Judkins P-Patch. Check back, there are more photos to come!
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