Camp Long has a new gateway, in honor of park’s longtime leader Sheila Brown

A new gateway to Camp Long is complete, honoring the park’s longtime leader Sheila Brown, who initiated the project before her death in 2021. Here’s the announcement from Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association:

(DNDA photos)

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is happy to share with our community that the Sheila Brown Gateway Project at Camp Long is open for visitors!

The construction project honors Sheila Brown, who served as the director of Camp Long for 13 years. The gateway, which leads into the park, was funded through a community donation effort at the time of Sheila’s death from cancer in 2021 at 59 years old.

DNDA served as the fiscal sponsor of the project, which was initiated by Sheila’s family and completed by the City of Seattle. More than 125 community donors collectively contributed more than $41,000 to the Gateway Project.

The project involved building a new gateway to Camp Long at the park’s side entrance at 29th Avenue SW and SW Brandon Street, replacing an old chain link gate. The entrance features a wrought–iron gate and stone pillars, echoing the pillars and gate at the park’s main entrance, which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.

During her long and impactful career, Sheila led and supported many environmental projects that endure to this day, including establishing the 4-H Challenge course at Camp Long and the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail that runs through Delridge.

DNDA deeply appreciated Sheila as a community partner and inspiring person, and so did our friends at EarthCorps, The Common Acre, and many more organizations. She helped create the city’s Leaders in Environment, Equity, and Facilitation program to empower youth in communities of color to become environmental education leaders.

Camp Long is a city park also designated and programmed as an Environmental Learning Center.

P.S. We just added a Camp Long event to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – a wreathmaking workshop one week from today.

4 Replies to "Camp Long has a new gateway, in honor of park's longtime leader Sheila Brown"

  • LyndaB December 9, 2023 (8:59 pm)

    I look forward to seeing the new entrance in person.  What a wonderful tribute to Sheila.  

  • 1994 December 9, 2023 (11:14 pm)

    The entry gateway looks wonderful and love Sheila’s rock! A nice tribute.

  • The Earl December 10, 2023 (10:37 am)

    it’s  very attractive new gate. would be nice to see the sidewalk continued down from highpoint to 26th ave sw. this is a very dangerous road. folks walking dogs and pushing strollers in the street is a disaster waiting to happen. as who wants to tromp through the muddy path.

  • Jenn December 10, 2023 (5:59 pm)

    Sheila was a wonderful human! I’m so glad to see such a lovely tribute to her.

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