The new playground at Roxhill at E.C. Hughes was made possible through a $100,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant. Most of the project’s required volunteer match was fulfilled by a pledge of professional services.
On June 2, 2018, more than 75 people came together to put together and install the playground equipment. Then, over the course of the summer, more than 50 volunteers installed and laid the safety surface and wood chips, and Henry Luke painted the community-designed mural. Both projects are public amenities because of how they’re funded — that’s right, we can all play on the playground now!
To make it all happen, Friends of Roxhill engaged in a public process to select the playground vendor and held an open call for artists for the mural. The projects had to each go through the Landmarks Preservation Board, with multiple meetings required to gain approval. The whole project required the work of hundreds of community volunteers to be successful—if anyone at any time had faltered, it would not have come together in the short time it did. You helped make this happen!
The Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods included funding for a mural. We sought an artist to create an original small mural at the corner of Holden and 32nd Ave SW.
This was a community-partnered project working with students and community members for inspiration. We worked together with artist Henry Luke on the design, and it was completed in summer 2018.