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GSP Work Parties in the NSRP

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:

Here is all you need to know to join one of the NSRP work parties.


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

General instructions for all work parties


Some background information - Explore the web site for far more.

  1. ELC to Site

    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.

  2. South Lot to Site

    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.

  3. North Lot to Site

    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.

Work Party Schedule

Consult the GSP Events Calendar for details on scheduled events