Rejuvenate Our P-Patches

Updated: February 16, 2021

This program is intended to satisfy the Park District Investment Initiative 2.6:

Fund the renewal of existing P-Patch gardens, update aging garden infrastructure, increase accessibility, and expand essential services. This initiative fosters community building and recognizes both the importance of P-Patches as community spaces and the support needed to sustain them for everyone, including underserved and underrepresented communities. The Seattle Park District provides $85,000 for the plan and $200,000 is provided each year for construction.

Download the P-Patch Rejuvenation Initiative Plan

What was the first step?

Planning: Winter 2015 – Spring 2016 Completed

  • The consultant team was led by Barker Landscape Architects, with Karen Braitmayer, nationally known expert in ADA and Matt Dressler from Mountains to Sound GIS.
  • P-Patch staff from the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Park and Recreation (SPR) and P-Patch site leaders provided the consultant background information. They researched and mapped demographics, created a scoring sheet for 91 site visits (all the P Patches), developed criteria options and drafted GIS maps showing underserved and underrepresented areas. This information was reviewed by SPR and P-Patch staff.
  • A report was developed that assesses the condition of all P-Patch community gardens and, working with SPR and P-Patch staff, identify major maintenance needs.
  • The assessment was developed using information gathered, analyzed and organized into a matrix. Assessment criteria are as follows:
    • Infrastructure
    • Neighborhood Demographics
    • Accessibility
    • Gardener Capacity
    • Safety and Security
    • Physical Characteristics
  • Staff and the consultant examined priority locations in order to choose five for design and construction in 2016.

What work happened in 2016?

Five P-Patches were selected for improvements:

  • Estelle Street P-Patch: The primary issue at this P-Patch was the lack of consistent water for the gardeners. This project added a designated water main and service for the gardeners. Before this, the gardeners had long periods of time in the summer when they had to bring their own water.  SPR, SPU, SDOT and DON contributed to the success of this work.
  • Thomas Street P-Patch: The primary issues were safety, security and accessibility.  The north end of the P-Patch was redesigned.
    • In order to make the P-Patch safer, the new design created a more open space and the shed was relocated to eliminate hiding spaces.  An eight-foot fence was added to the north side of the garden. This satisfies all the tenets of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
    • To make the site more accessible, the shed was replaced and the patio repaved. The shed now is accessible to all gardeners.
  • New Holly Power Garden: Add fence and gates - this is basic P-Patch infrastructure.
  • Squire Park: Nine hose bibs were relocated, in 2017, the gathering area will be made accessible from the sidewalk and the gate and fence repaired.
  • Jackson Park: The project moved nine hose bibs out of the pathway, created ADA compliant pathways and a gathering area with compliant picnic table.

What happened in 2017?

In 2017, improvements were made at Hawkins, Longfellow Creek, Ravenna, Roosevelt, and Thistle P-Patches. The upgrades included replacing plot and raised bed edging with new lumber, improved tool storage, new compost bins, accessible pathways, irrigation repairs, fence repairs, and new site furniture.

What happened in 2018?

In 2018, the Angel Morgan P-Patch received an improved entry with new paving and seating, accessible pathways and planters, tool storage, and compost bins.
The Evanston P-Patch received upgraded hose bibs, a replaced water line in the central pathway, and a resurfaced pathway to improve accessibility.
The Pinehurst P-Patch received new plot edging and new hose bibs.

What happened in 2019?

Seattle Parks and Recreation and P-Patch staff met to select projects for 2019. Project scopes were developed for work at Courtland Place, Fremont, Hillman City, John C Little, and New Holly Youth & Family. Courtland Place received a new modern system of water lines and hose bibs. Fremont received improvements to plot edging and retaining walls. Hillman City received raised garden spaces in most of the garden as well as accompanying soil and compost to address drainage concerns. John C. Little received a new compost bin. New Holly Youth & Family received improvements to paving in the central gathering area and a new picnic table.

What is happening with the gardens selected in 2020?

Design and construction of the 2020 gardens is underway now. In early 2020, Seattle Parks and Recreation and P-Patch staff met to select projects for 2020. These projects are Beacon Bluff, Colman Park, Marra Farm, and Maa Nyei Lai Ndeic (My Mother's Garden). Beacon Bluff will receive improvements to the 'upper' commons area including a new toolshed. Colman Park received retaining walls and SPR staff is continuing to address infrastructure repairs. Maa Nyei Lai Ndeic received garden plot markers and SPR staff is continuing to assist with improvements to a gate and common areas. Marra Farm is being constructed in close coordination with the Marra Desimone Park Project, and stakeholders are currently weighing their options based on new opportunities presented with the co-construction. Our project will either construct a perimeter fence or an accessible route of travel. 

What is happening in 2021? 

Two to four projects are currently being selected for the 2021 funding cycle. Each site is being evaluated and infrastructure needs are being assessed to determine a scope for each site which will strive to do as much of the needed work per site.