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Work underway on green space around Troll

By master · August 22nd, 2009 · 7 Comments

Dozens of volunteers, city officials and the mayor attended a “Clean and Green” event at the Troll this morning, and neighbors caught their first glimpse of preliminary plans to revitalize the green space surrounding the Fremont icon.

The two strips of land on either side of the Troll at the base of the Aurora Bridge have been overgrown with brush and littered with trash for years. Two weeks ago, SDOT crews cleared out the heavy brush and grass, and today volunteers picked up trash and spread mulch.

Mayor Greg Nickels toured the property with neighbor Kimberly Scrivner, who has spearheaded the project. “I think it’s a great opportunity,” the mayor said, complimenting neighbors for rolling up their sleeves and tackling the project. “Here’s a publicly-owned space that is clearly under-utilized.”

The preliminary designs (see here) include a community garden, pathways, new trees, planters and log benches. “I’m very excited, and I think the time is right,” Scrivner said (above). “Getting the state on board, getting the city on board, now getting our designs together, and finally we get can get the community to vet the designs.” The Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Department of Neighborhoods, SDOT and WSDOT have all been involved in the project.

Scrivner says they’ll apply for a neighborhood matching fund grant on August 31st, and they plan to present the proposed designs to the Fremont Neighborhood Council. A community meeting will follow to hear more input from the neighborhood. “Everyone in Fremont always looks up to this bridge and says, this is our place,” said longtime resident Suzie Burke. “We’re happy that the little piece of ground that is around it is available to take an interest in.”

To help fund the work, neighbors signed petitions pledging time and money, which would be matched by the city’s neighborhood grant.

Volunteers also voted, by paying a dollar, on proposed names for the green space: The Troll Knoll, Troll Knoll and Billy Goat’s Bluff. We’ll keep you updated on upcoming meetings and developments…

July 15: Neighbors plan improvements around the Troll

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MudBaby // Aug 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Kudos to all the people who are working on this excellent project! If all of us were as caring as you we could Edenize the entire planet.

  • 2 Alfred Packer // Aug 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Come on — it’s Trollhavn

  • 3 Mscin // Aug 24, 2009 at 8:32 am

    A friend took me to see the troll shortly after I moved here. She was very proud of him. He gained a place in my heart too, I cherish the photos of the kids with him. I take visitors to see the troll and apologize to them for the dirt and the needle that we found there once. It’s pretty cool that he's getting fixed up. Thank You. Hmmmm I was wondering about all the parks in King County that are going to be closing soon, how do the neighborhoods feel about it? It seems like the parks that are closing are in neighborhoods that need them the most, does the county realize that without the parks it may cost the more in law enforcement and crime? What if the effected neighborhoods utilized the match fund to try and keep their parks open? What other options do these neighborhoods have in regards to the parks that are closing?

  • 4 FremontSheila // Aug 24, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this.

  • 5 davidhymel // Aug 24, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    How about building a rain garden as part of the mix?

  • 6 jd // Aug 25, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    It's fantastic that this is happening, and kudos to all involved, but I'm begging y'all to put in something physical for kids to interact with. The troll is crawling with kids, and they wind up scampering all over the discarded needles up above it. The closest playground is several arterials away. The park by the library is a pretty but dull park-for-grownups (and seriously, I almost never see anyone using it). Please avoid building another one! Can you put in a slide that's embedded into the slope? A few swings? A crazy see-saw? Anything? All those shiny new townhomes are packed to the gills with young couples, many of whom will inevitably have kids. Families are _desperate_ for anything to do outside the house, and given the lack of yards in the neighborhood, public parks will be a huge draw. Families with kids are among the most frequent users of parks. If you want the park to be used and occupied, (which is what keeps urban parks feeling safe), do something to attract families beyond pretty plants to walk around and a few benches to sit on.

  • 7 sk // Aug 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    OOOh! JD, I really like your idea of a kid-slide embedded into the hill! And swings should be both a big draw and easy to implement. You are right, my daughter has to cross some very big streets to get to the nearest playground. We'd love to play with neighborhood kids at a “trollground”. The cackles of kids is indeed likely to drive away some of the people who camp out under the bridge.

    Thanks again to everyone whose organizing made it so easy for us all to come out and help clean up our neighborhood.

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