Orchard Street Ravine Restoration project awarded Small and Simple Grant; The Friends of Orchard Street Ravine (FoSTR) applied for a grant from the Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant program. It was announced in June that they were awarded $11,000 in matching funds to finish the initial restoration work in the ravine. The grant money will be used primarily to pay for a small, professional crew who can remove invasive plants, replant and water in steep slope areas where volunteers are not allowed to work. This means that FoSTR has secured a total of $22,000 for this project, half from the grant program and an additional $11,000 in pledges for volunteer hours and in-kind contributions. Be sure and visit the ravine to see the amazing progress!

Orchard Street Ravine Trail construction: the Parks Department has been making progress in obtaining the permits and SEPA reviews prior to construction of the trail through the Orchard Street Ravine. The SEPA public review process is currently underway, with the comment period ending on the 23rd of July (notice went into the Daily Journal of Commerce on July 9). The appeal period will close on July 30. At that point, pending any appeals, the construction of the trail can be contracted and work on the trail can begin this summer. Jon Jainga, the new project manager, says that updates will be posted on the OSR Parks webpage at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/proparks/projects/orchardStRavine.htm

Morgan Junction/Beveridge Place Park and the Myrtle Reservoir Open Space development projects: We have a new project manager, Kevin Bergsrud. He has picked up the information from David Goldberg, who conducted the first public meeting back in March. He writes that they are in the process of getting a landscape architect under contract for both projects, and after that will have the second public meeting, probably some time in August. The goal at that meeting will be to have a conceptual design based on public comments from the March meeting and take additional comments, suggestions, etc. for refinement of the design.

Morgan Junction Design Guidelines: The Urban Planning and Development Committee of the City Council had a public hearing on the proposed Morgan Junction Design Guidelines, an overview of the process to date was provided and no issues surfaced at the meeting. The next step is for the Guidelines to be approved in committee and moved to the full Council for a final vote, we believe this will happen on July 25.

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