Summer Walks and Stairway Sprucing

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South Park Summer Walk Series logoSouth Park was the place to be this summer if you were looking to do some awesome urban exploration. Funded by the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund, from July through September, Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors, Kimberly Jacobs, Nancy Roberts, and Karen Veloria, led a series of walks ranging from tasting tours at local breweries, to public art tours highlighting hidden murals and featuring works from the Duwamish Revealed public installation series. Other walks included visits to the historic Marra Farm, as well as architecture and history tours. The series was a smashing success, hosting over 17 walks with 109 participants.

 

The fun didn’t stop there…
On Friday, September 18, Feet First partnered with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Ã¼ber-talented muralist, Angelina Villalobos, and an incredible volunteer team from Microsoft, to create stunning stairway murals on the 10th and 12th Street stairs, which intersect  S. Trenton and S. Donovan Streets. These stairways are known thoroughfares to Concord Elementary School, SeaMar Community Health Center, the community center, and library. Over the years, these staircases had been plagued with crime and graffiti.  With a lot of community support and even more elbow grease this group literally transformed the stairways – shifting from dark, dubious and overgrown trails to bright and welcoming pedestrian passages. Take a look at the volunteers’ final work here.

 

Grafitti Removal
Microsoft employees participated in the Day of Caring removing graffiti, trash, and clearing back overgrown shrubs.
12th-and-trenton-staircase before
Volunteers prepare one of two staircases to get the first layer of paint for the mural.
Copy of Finished Stairs 04 - Welcome
The finished stairs welcome the South Park community!

 

Thanks to the generous support and funding from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund. 

 

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