When you think of iconic spots to visit in Seattle, The Fremont Troll will be at the top of your list. This is why it was such an honor for Groundswell NW to become the fiscal sponsors for the Friend’s of the Troll’s Knoll who had a great idea back in 2009 to create a park and p-patch along the east and west sides of the Troll. With Kimberly Scrivner in the lead organizing her neighbors, the west side of the park received $685,000 in 2011 through the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy and opened to the public May of this year. If you’re standing facing the Troll, walk along the sidewalk to your left and follow the windy path up the hill along a green space to a bench with a view and community P-Patch at the top.
With ½ of their vision under wraps, Friends of the Troll’s Knoll are still on a roll and are concentrating their efforts now on the east side with a new neighbor in the lead, Kaley Bender. Kaley brought her neighbors together for a block party in August with the help of a Department of Neighborhood’s Small Sparks grant. We’re also pleased to announce that Friends of the Troll’s Knoll is our most recent recipient of a $450 microgrant from Groundswell NW! These funds will provide key resources for their inaugural clean up day on October 8th. SDOT will also be helping by providing labor to pull out blackberry bushes, do some landscape cleanup and mulching. There will also be future community events for this site in the coming year, thanks to Tableau Software who just awarded $5,300 to support these events! Congrats to Friends of the Troll's Knoll, thank-you Tableau for supporting this great community project and thank-you to grass-roots community organizers like Kimberly and Kaley who continue to inspire us to create, activate and care for parks, open space and habitat!
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