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Water, progress and fuming in Maple Leaf?

Posted by Mike on July 10th, 2014

Here’s something … interesting.

A reader forwards an email from the Museum of History & Industry.

The Future of Seattle’s Maple Leaf Neighborhood: Water, Progress, and Conflict.

It’s an invitation to walking tours here on Saturday, July 26th, and Wednesday, Aug. 6th.

When Seattle Parks and Seattle Utilities decided to cover the Maple Leaf reservoir, they hit a home run: a beautiful, innovative park. So why are some North Seattle residents fuming?

Join Historian Roger van Oosten on an informative, insightful and fun tour of the Maple Leaf reservoir park and neighboring environs. You’ll discover the sometimes awkward, sometimes progressive and sometimes successful collision of growing density, open spaces and neighborhood rights.


Oh, and you have to buy your way in.

There’s a tour from 10 a.m. to noon  on July 26, and another on August 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Meet at the corner of  Northeast 82nd Street and 14th Avenue Northeast.

Cost: MOHAI Members $15; General $20.

Apparently, MOHAI does this periodically.

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9 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 dw // Jul 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Yay, two hours of a “WHY DIDN’T THEY PUT IN TENNIS COURTs” whine. But at least you get exercise.

  • 2 Melody // Jul 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    No 2 hour whine on “what happened to the dog park we were supposed to get?”

  • 3 Sue // Jul 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    What a brilliant way to fundraise. Wonder how many sign up?

  • 4 Simon // Jul 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    My guess is some of the fuming has to do with the drainage issues from the reservoir cover causing flooding in people’s basements. It’s a gorgeous park, though. I love it.

  • 5 awebdancer // Jul 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    @Simon – Our drainage issues disappeared with the new park. Our sump pump hole never filled up- or for that matter – we didn’t get any water all winter. We were like “WT*” Since for every big rain since they converted the reservoir – we flooded – big time – and we had never flooded before. So we figured it was the new park and drainage systems that kept our house from flooding.

  • 6 phoenix43 // Jul 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Apparently, not many here in Maple Leaf know about MOHAI’s neighborhood history programs. I’ve enjoyed several in the summers since I moved to Seattle a few years ago. These programs and the ones of the Seattle Architecture Foundation are great ways to learn about the area’s history, culture and concerns from before the first settlers to today. Among MOHAI walks I’ve done were ones focused on Seattle’s original tideline and its changes, South Lake Union, Seattle fashion, Lake Washington (done by boat), and nearby Aurora Avenue. I think the tours are a bargain and if it helps MOHAI raise a little money so much the better. I also meet many interesting people (20-30), locals and tourists, each time. The guides are historians, not neighborhood or issue promoters or detractors, though they obviously have their special interests and expertise. In my experience, they welcome additional information from participants, as long as it is factual and adds to the content of the presentation. Certainly no continued whining, but issues such as dog, skateboard and tennis areas could well be part of the overall presentation since it is described as using our reservoir park as an example of the cumbersome and creative process of resolving conflicting needs for open space, urban density, and local rights. Maybe I’ll meet some more of my Maple Leaf neighbors on this tour!

  • 7 Neighbor // Jul 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    It will be interesting to hear their ideas on conflict.

  • 8 Melody // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

    What are those courts that we do have and why did they make them where the walking area goes through? I don’t want to get hit with the balls.

  • 9 Dan // Jul 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Pickleball courts Melody. A sport which I played a bunch as a kid at the beach club we belonged to and actually is all the rage right now.