There’s a new pavilion proposed for the Japanese Garden that can host year-round events. | Rendering via Hoshide Wanzer Architects
A little too chilly for frolicking? Well, we’re daydreaming about prancing through the Washington Park Arboretum anyway with two major projects starting to bloom.
Seattle Parks and Recreation, UW Botanic Gardens, and the Arboretum Foundation want public feedback on planned upgrades to gathering areas at the Japanese Garden and the Woodland Meadow. The projects are part of the Arboretum’s Master Plan that was formulated in 2001 to enhance Seattle’s popular park.
Proposals for each location seek to transform these spaces for many years to come and make it easier to host events. Let’s take a closer look at the seeds of change.
🌸 Tending to the garden
The Japanese Garden was planned by famed designers Kiyoshi Inoshita and Juki Iida decades ago. But when it opened to the public in 1960, some design elements — including a gathering space at the north end of the pond — were left out due to costs + logistical challenges. Proposed improvements to the North Wall align with the original vision and include:
A new pavilion that can house all-weather cultural + education programs
Terraces and expanded garden views
Replacement of the walls and connecting stairs with hand-crafted granite masonry
💡 Woodland Meadow’s glow up
Also known as the Crabapple Meadow, the former field nursery for the arboretum has a wide open lawn that gets damp outside the summer months, making it impossible to chill out without getting your pants soggy. The plan to fix that includes:
Hardscaping (fences, benches, etc.) designed for year-round events like fundraisers, weddings + receptions, and concerts
A new bandshell and stage
Head to Wisteria Hall at the Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Dr. E.) on Thursday, November 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to weigh in on the Japanese Garden project and Thursday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a discussion about the Woodland Meadow.
David Koechner | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland | $46 | You might recognize this lovable goofball from roles on “The Office” and “Anchorman” — but he’s a stand-up guy, too.
An Evening With the Full Circle Everest Team | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle | Free | The first all-Black mountaineering team to summit the world’s highest peak discusses inclusion and equity in outdoor recreation.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Seattle Auto Show | Thursday, Nov. 16-Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | Lumen Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle | $15-$17 | Rev your engines for the year’s biggest car buff event featuring new models, test drive opportunities, and a family fun zone with activities for kids.
Seattle Kraken vs. New York Islanders | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | Climate Pledge Arena, 334 First Ave. N., Seattle | $84-$550 | Jaden Schwartz, Matty Beniers, and Co. hope to get back on the winning foot against these beasts from the East.
Holiday Trunk Show | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St., Seattle | Free | Peruse goods from local business owners at this open house-style shopping experience that includes giveaways + drinks.
SASS-SANCA’s Annual Showcase Spectacular | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7-10 p.m. | Emerald City Trapeze Arts, 2702 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle | $15-$20 | You’ll flip out over the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts’ performances highlighting students, alum, staff, and friends.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Trailhead Trot Happy Fun Run | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Brooks Trailhead, 3400 Stone Way N., Seattle | Free | Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with the turkey-themed 5K — bring non-perishable items for the FamilyWorks Wallingford Food Bank.
Mudhoney | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 6 p.m. | The Crocodile, 2505 First Ave., Seattle | $42-$60 | One of Seattle’s most beloved grunge bands performs for the hometown crowd.
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Ready to grab that golden ticket? Starting today, tickets for “Wonka” screenings at the soon-to-open SIFF Cinema Downtown (formerly Cinerama)go on sale. SIFF members can buy them from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. before the sales are available to everyone at 2 p.m.
Washington’s first birth center owned and operated by a Black midwife is now open in Federal Way. The 3,000-sqft free-standing facility at 2319 SW 320th St. — called the Federal Way Birth Center — aims to reduce birth complication rates for families of color. (Seattle Times)
Get pumped — a new location of Henry’s Gym will soon arrive at 1617 Boylston Ave. in Capitol Hill. The Queen Anne-based gym is known for its clubby vibes and full-service bar with beer + wine alongside protein smoothies. An opening date has yet to be announced. (Capitol Hill Seattle)
Renowned local medical pioneer Dr. Abraham Bergman has died at the age of 91. Born and raised in Seattle, Dr. Bergman was the chief of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center and founded the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, which serves low-income families in the region. (KING 5)
Indian street food restaurant Spice Waala plans to expand to Columbia City in early 2024. The new restaurant at 5020 Rainier Ave. S. will have a walk-up window and outdoor seating. It’ll be the third outpost for the popular local restaurant known for kathi rolls + snacks like bhel puri.
The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce launched a new website intended to help small businesses. Community Business Connector is a hub that offers resources related to marketing, access to capital, regulatory issues, social services, and more. (GeekWire)
There will be more paid parking spaces coming to the area around Ballard Commons Park. The Seattle Department of Transportation said the meters should help increase regular turnover so more spaces become available. The installations will be finished by Monday, Nov. 20. (My Ballard)
Viengthong Lao Restaurant in Mount Baker — one of the few Lao cuisine specialists in Seattle — closed this week after 30 years in business. Owners Thongsoun and Ken Khanphonphanh decided to retire. Magnolia Pho House will take over the space at 2820 MLK Way in December. (Vanishing Seattle)
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Yeah, we know… kind of a bummer, and maybe not the news you want to start your morning with. So let’s get to the good stuff: the Carbon Reduction Program, an effort to reduce transportation emissions through local and statewide projects that are federally funded.
What is the Carbon Reduction Program?
In an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US, the Carbon Reduction Program was created in 2021 to distribute $6.4 billion in formula funding over a five-year period.
What’s driving the news?
By Wednesday, Nov. 15, states and designated metropolitan planning organizations are tasked with unveiling their strategies to reduce emissions through the program.
They’ll also need to disclose which projects will be funded by the program — whether that be installing protected bike lanes in one city, creating a new bus rapid transit system in another, or a different project that helps reduce carbon emissions.
Our question for you while we await more funding news:How would you like to see this grant used in Seattle? Let us know using the poll below, and we may share your answer in a future newsletter.
You may have seen the news item we circulated yesterday about the guy who plans on visiting every single Taco Time chain. I wish him the best of luck, though will respectfully disagree with his newbie order advice. Go with the veggie soft taco instead of the chicken — the sunflower seeds offer a nice crunch.