trail road, on the other side of the Colman Pool where the old sea wall is still visible and holding back the sea, offers some interesting tidbits to consider.
On the upside, the trunks of the trees that line the road are curious. A friend of mine, Erica M., recently sent me a shot of The Octopus tree that speaks all kinds of stories, holding on, reaching up, its roots deep in the steep incline.
Another tree trunk I love on that road, pure kitsch, pure shared impulse, is the Alter. The contents change all the time, from pretty rocks to dolls and toys that wash ashore, to mementos of loved ones. Once I found a note on the beach that I only read part of; it seemed so private, such a personal wish for happier times. I folded it back up and tucked it into the Alter. I hope those wishes came true.
On the downside..after the photos….
The downside…this road is getting more truck traffic than ever before it seems, and as a result, the
path road is getting wider and wider, encroaching on the hillside. Trucks are fine, in their way…they’re necessary of course. But the trucks themselves are getting bigger, wider, etc. I know Parks has smaller trucks. I’ve seen them. Is there some way we can restrict in park road/path maintenance to the smaller trucks? That’d be nice.
Hey wait a minute. This is supposed to be about LP, how come we’re talking about DP? Good question, read on….
view of the Sound from Discovery Park, Seattle
The upper trail, Lincoln Park West Seattle
Discovery Park is the biggest park in Seattle, and has its share of interesting history. Originally an army base, Fort Lawton, it was given to the city of Seattle as surplus land in 1970. Seems the ball was immediately in play and many forces, including national ones stepped forward with plans for utilizing those vast acres of sweeping views and winding trails. In 1974, a focused group of citizens came together as Friends of Discovery Park to protect and preserve the wild natural beauty of the park–and it seems they were (are) fierce. No push-overs these, and that’s where it gets interesting. Their mission statement made me sit up and take notice:
In years to come there will be almost irresistible pressures to carve out areas of the Park for structures or activities, because it would provide “an ideal site at no cost.” There must be a deep commitment to the belief that there is no more valuable use of this site than as an open space.
To me, that statement is revolutionary. To proclaim that open space is worth fighting for, that there will always be someone thinking about ways to monetize, utilize and rationalize something that is uniquely and stunningly beautiful as it is, especially in an urban setting…well, take a bow, Friends of DP. You deserve a round of applause.
Every city has its great parks, and those parks go through good times and bad. Central Park in NYC was on its last legs in the 70s when a group of civic leaders, Central Park Conservancy, was founded to reverse the decline. Last night at the Fauntleroy Community Association, a group that grew out of the Go Ape fiasco of last summer, presented its ideas, concerns and its mission to protect and preserve the West Seattle gem that is Lincoln Park introduced itself. You can read about last night’s meeting here in WSB--the response has been very very positive and while it’s early days yet (we don’t have a website etc), we have a vision and plenty of passion. It’s going to be a good year!
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The thing is, there’s always something going on. Obviously there are the seasonal and weather related things, there’s the tides and shifting cliffs and such. But there’s also this other stuff–science projects, maintenance projects, projects out of the blue, who-knows-what-this-is projects. You go to the park several times a week and you’ll see what I mean: it’s rarely the same.
So #5 of 52WoLP curiosities: a fog collection project, somewhat ill-considered radical-pruning, and a pair of antique water skis, circa 1965.
First up: passive fog collection project by a UW student, studying anew a technique of harvesting water that’s been around for a very long time. It’s pretty cool in that its ridiculously simple, and it will be down by the Colman Pool until April. Happy collecting!
ugly I mean, ill considered pruning, south end of park and near the first parking lot:
And finally: someone neatly placed a pair of very old water skis at the south end parking lot for our viewing pleasure. Most years, towards the end of summer, it’s warm enough for some impressive water skiing and wake riding to take place in the cove. I suspect that at some point these very skis saw a few good runs in their day, and have been returned for their final ride home.