To learn about the detailed history of the Green Seattle Partnership and view the events calendar, which provides a means to register for one of the many restoration events taking place each and every week in green spaces in Seattle, go to the GSP Events Calendars To find out about NSRP work parties, look for the events taking place in Seattle and then Discovery Park that are being led by Thomas Palm. Work parties fall into three main categories:
3rd SUN of every month work parties. To date there have been 61 consecutive work parties on 3rd Sundays with three to fifty participants and these work parties are the mainstay of continuing restoration efforts in the NSRP. They always meet at 1 PM, usually at the Environmental Learning Center but sometimes at the South Parking Lot for large groups. The work usually goes until 3 or 4 PM.
Special city-wide work parties, such as United Way Day of Caring, Green Seattle Day and MLK Day. These work parties are usually set up months ahead of time and recruiting is handled both through the United Way and the GSP Events Calendar. Many groups choose to come to these work parties in Discovery Park, but individuals are also welcome to sign up.
Other group events such as service learning projects and company-sponsored events. There are usually 4-5 of these events every year. Details will will be found on the events calendar if these are public events.
All these work parties are taking place in a site in Discovery Park that has been continuously restored since 1997. Over 15000 volunteer hours have been put into the restoration process for this 13 acre site. Since 2007, there are four parts of the site which have been enrolled in the Green Seattle Partnership. These work parties will do restoration in all four parts, but will concentrate on areas that are visible from the roads and trails through the area, are accessible by vehicles to bring plants and tools and water and that allow participants to come back and see their work as it develops into native habitat. Most of this area is highly visible to anyone driving through the Park to the Lighthouse.
This web site was created in 2003 to document work on the entire 13 acre North Slope. That name is not used by GSP. Core areas of the NSRP were called Area31, Area24 and Area9 (from the early days of the Discovery Park Adopt-An-Area program). The links below take you to the details of Area31, the area where most of these work parties have taken place. During any given year, work parties may take place anywhere within the 13 acres, generally depending on the time of year and bird nesting season. Work parties can involve removal of invasive plants to clear areas for the next planting season, mulching and watering of plants not yet established and self-sustaining or actual planting in the OCT-MAR time when the rains are most reliable.
Much more information on the relationship between the old AAA Areas and the new GSP Restoration Sites may be found at NSRP
The meeting places vary, but are always described in detail for the event in the events calendar. Due to recent parking restrictions, volunteers will not be able to park in most areas of the Park except the parking lots. The NSRP is within walking distance of all these parking lots and all tools and other supplies will be available at the work site so volunteers only need to bring their own personal items. The most typical places to park for the initial work party orientation and sign in are:
Map of entire North Slope Restoration Project - most work parties are in area BB3,
SWC, MA or close by
Almost all of the work parties assemble initially at one of three places in the 13-acre NSRP. Use the wayfinding map at the kiosk near the Environmental Learning Center to guide you to either Building 417 or the Historic Bus Stop or Five Corners using the descriptions below. This map is available in printed form for free at the kiosk in all three parking lots. Furthermore, registration will take place at one of these lots and detailed instructions will be given on how to walk to the work site and an escort will lead the main group to the site, and for the volunteers who arrive later, someone will be present to give them walking instructions for a 15 minutes after the advertised meeting time.
From the kiosk N of the ELC, walk uphill on the paved road to the base of the "Grand Staircase". Turn right and go N on the paved road to the top of the hill where several roads join at "Five Corners". Go left onto Washington Avenue and continue up the hill towards the Officers Row historic housing and the flagpole. You will pass a locked gate and just before cresting the hill, you will see a yellow building off to your right with a large paved area on the E side. This is building 417, and if the work party will be taking place there, the tools and other supplies will be right there. If the work party will be taking place near the Historic Bus Stop, continue past the flagpole and look down the slope to the W and you should see a the Historic Bus Stop at the junction of Idaho Avenue and Discovery Park Boulevard. The Historic Bus Stop is the long, low structure just W of Idaho.
From the kiosk and port-a-potty on the W side of the South Lot, walk N on the paved parking lot edge to the start of the gravel road through the 500 Area. Continue N and through the 500 Area until it arrives at Washington Avenue. Go left onto Washington Avenue and continue up the hill towards the Officers Row historic housing and the flagpole. You will pass a locked gate and just before cresting the hill, you will see a yellow building off to your right with a large paved area on the E side. This is building 417, and if the work party will be taking place there, the tools and other supplies will be right there. If the work party will be taking place near the Historic Bus Stop, continue past the flagpole and look down the slope to the W and you should see a the Historic Bus Stop at the junction of Idaho Avenue and Discovery Park Boulevard. The Historic Bus Stop is the long, low structure just W of Idaho.
From the kiosk at the far W end of the North Lot, walk W on the paved trail towards the concrete restroom. Continue W to the major road going up the hill to the left (Kansas Street - unmarked). Go left onto Kansas Street and continue up the hill until you reach Discovery Park Boulevard, with the small houses of Montana Circle on your left. Walk E on Discovery Park Boulevard until you reach Idaho Street. The Historic Bus Stop will be immediately to your right and the tools will be there if the work party will be using the shelter as a staging area. If the work party is assembling at Building 417, continue E up the hill to the yellow building on the top of the hill with a large west-facing porch.
Consult the GSP Events Calendar for details on scheduled events