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Looks comfy enough at first glance, but you might think twice before plopping down too hard on these pieces of furniture. No, not because they are wet with rain, but because they are cast in concrete. This is a clever and whimsical public seating area at Ballard Corners, a new pocket park developed by community members who solicited grants and raised the funds to create a fun park where there once were vacant buildings. They preserved the existing mature fruit and nut trees of the long vacant residence that was torn down at the south end, and created a rain garden (a meandering sunken area lined with river rock between the street and winding sidewalk where water runoff can filter naturally through rocks and soil to the aquifer, helping to reduce some of the run off pollutants that make their way to Salmon bay through street run off. Years ago there had been a small stream between the the buidings on the park property and the houses next to them, coming from a spring further up hill near much larger Salmon Bay Park. The little park also features a small play area with a very cool climbing and spinning structure. Soon to come is the park's final touch, a small homage to the corner store that occupied the north end of the property from 1904 to 1954. Two guys were working on that area with shovel and pick ax (photo at More Seattle Stuff) when I was there yesterday.
It's my 8th in the iPhone Wednesday series where I feature a shot taken with my iPhone. Chuck has Market flowers on a summer day and Ming the Merciless found a cool vine clinging to brickwork to share in their iPhone Wednesday shots today too.