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The Grand Opening of Lake Union Park



How long does it take to turn garbage into gold? The answer is 20 years.

And that’s really true. Back in 1990, serious attention was turned towards 12 acres of prime Lake Union property filled with contaminated soil and degraded seawall. It also contained tons of garbage, creosote piles, concrete and asphalt debris. A great deal of vision, paired with a groundswell of community support, would be needed in order to polish this polluted land into a true Seattle jewel.

And 20 years later, what a jewel it is!  Those 12 acres of land is now Lake Union Park, a world-class waterfront park on the south shores of Lake Union. It will have something for everyone. Environmentalists will marvel at the restored shoreline and the returned habitat of turtles, salmon, heron and native plants. History enthusiasts will enjoy the History Trail throughout the park. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the trails for walking, jogging and biking. There’s also a pedestrian bridge, waterfront boardwalk, terraced steps at the lake’s edge. There is a beach for hand-launched boats and a model boat pond. A place to have a picnic?  There’s a tree grove with tables and benches. Things for kids to do?  There’s a 300-foot long interactive fountain, a great lawn and sculpted landforms to play with. The park has a streetcar stop for commuting convenience.


 The pre-dedication festivities kick off on Friday evening, September 24th with a lavish dinner dance. The “Green Tie Gala.” will introduce civic, business and philanthropic leaders to the beauty of Lake Union Park. On Saturday, September 25th, the real party kicks in from sunrise to sunset (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and you’re invited!  The community-wide celebration will begin with sunrise yoga and a family Fun Run. The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. Live music, a fitness field, parade of Seattle mascots, maritime activities, History Trail guided tours, kayak and paddle board demonstrations, and ample food and drink will set the stage for a great day in the park. All activities are free of charge.

Seattle Parks Foundation is a private nonprofit organization working to improve, expand, and create parks and green spaces, building a more vibrant community. Founded in 2001 to bring new resources to Seattle’s park system, Seattle Parks Foundation has completed 30 park projects and secured more than $29 million for parks and green spaces in Seattle. Lake Union Park was specifically chosen as its first major project because of its central location, a need for green space in the downtown area, plus the project’s amazing partnerships with The Center for Wooden Boats, Museum of History and Industry, The United Indians of all Tribes Foundation, and the City of Seattle.

Lake Union Park is located at 860 Terry Avenue. For more information, please visit their website. Come to the park, and come to it often!

Wards Cove’s newest neighbor: The Enclave

September 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Eastlake, Enclave, Featured

Love Lake Union?  Wish you could live there, taking full advantage of all it offers?  Your chance is here with a unique little development (most likely the last of its kind for our area) currently set to rise on the Eastlake shores across from Wards Cove Marina.

enclave interiors for site

The Enclave will consist of only 21 three-story townhomes with 2,500 – 3,000 sq ft of open floorplans, rooftop terraces and western exposure to best capture all the Seattle views .  Clean, open and modern floorplans designed by local award-winning architecture firm atelierjones will integrate green strategies and materials while keeping the site’s natural elements intact.  The Enclave’s interiors include skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in lots of light. There are three color and natural material palettes to choose from, along with European inspired custom cabinetry, fireplaces, and a list of options you can choose to further customize your home.  For the exterior, you can’t beat a private rooftop terrace with an integrated fireplace and built-in BBQ. You have options to customize here too… how about an optional outdoor spa, wet bar, or a green roof system?  Or all three?  There’s plenty of parking too, with spaces for 2-3 vehicles available.

Did we mention your HOD includes memberships to Wards Cove Marina Club? What amenities this provides!  A state of the art fitness room, conference room, overnight guest suite and storage are some of the perks for landlubbers. The seafaring soul in you is about to become very happy, too.  You’ll get marina access to five 100 foot slips and moorage for personal watercraft.  Community beach access is yours as well, and there’s places to launch your kayaks and canoes .

You’re also in a prime Eastlake spot, within walking distance to its array of boutiques, local shops, cafes and restaurants. Outdoor fans will enjoy the nearby Burke-Gilman trail for riding, biking and walking.  Easy freeway access completes the package.

With introductory pricing in the low $1 million range, and most likely your last chance to get true lake living in Seattle, The Enclave is something worth checking out, and soon! The project is currently in the presale stages. Ground breaking will begin once there are a few firm commitments, with occupancy slated for 2011. For more information, fill out our contact form at this Stroupe Group link. We’ll stay in touch as The Enclave develops.