On behalf of City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen (who chairs the Parks Committee), this photo and update are just in from his legislative assistant Brian Hawksford:
In August the Seattle Parks Department closed on a .12 acre property, with an abandoned house, located in the Admiral Way greenbelt.
Last spring Councilmember Tom Rasmussen spotted a “for sale” sign on the property and immediately called the Parks and Recreation Department to urge them to make an offer. The property was in foreclosure and the Parks Department negotiated a purchase favorable to the City.
This acquisition along with the transfer to the Parks and Recreation Department of the Manning St. SW triangle and 9.6 acres of other City owned properties along Admiral Way will place over 70% of the land fronting both sides of Admiral Way from the West Seattle Bridge to the Belvedere Viewpoint into a greenbelt.
The City is currently undertaking a significant reforestation effort along this stretch of Admiral Way as part of the Green Seattle Partnership. The house will be demolished (date to be determined) and the site restored to a natural condition.
This acquisition was made possible with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. Councilmember Rasmussen praised the Parks and Recreation Department for its quick action in saving this portion of the greenbelt from possible development.
Starting later this year, people with proposals for spending the levy’s Opportunity Fund will be able to start the application process – find out about it here. And you can get a firsthand look at what the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee, which has three West Seattle reps, is up to, by attending their next meeting a week from tonight, 7 pm September 29, at Parks HQ downtown.