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Tree Removal Near Troll Leaves Fremont Residents Angry

July 6th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Friend’s of Troll’s Knoll want to get the word out that they had nothing to do with the trees recently removed from Winslow Place last week.

We have heard from many neighbors and supporters of the Troll’s Knoll in the past few days who have expressed their anger and frustration over the trees that have been removed along Winslow Place. We also are disappointed to see these trees removed. The tree removal was not associated with the Troll’s Knoll Park Proposal, but a maintenance effort performed by Seattle City Light. The Troll’s Knoll Concept Plan had hoped to preserve these trees to retain the tree buffer between the alley and the future park.

We met with City Light and the City’s Arborist several times this past month to understand why the trees needed to be removed. In our opinion, there appeared to be several trees marked for removal that were not in conflict with the power lines. City Light indicated the trees marked for removal were either in direct conflict with the power lines or within a three year growth zone of the wires, which required their removal. City Light explained to us how they are establishing a new three-year maintenance plan that requires any tree not in direct contact with power wires to be trimmed or removed if the tree or its branches are within a three year growth zone of the wires.

In addition to City Light and the City’s Arborist explaining their protocols, they worked with us to see if any of the trees marked for removal could be preserved. We developed two plans identifying trees we hoped to preserve and reviewed each tree individually with City Light staff. Unfortunately, only a couple of the trees on the southern end of Winslow Place were far enough from the wires to remain. The City’s Arborist also pointed out a few trees with poor tree structure that needed to be removed for safety reasons (we learned that when several trees within a grove are removed the trees that remain are more susceptible to wind loading. this can result in the trees being knocked down or branches falling).

We plan to continue a dialogue with City Light to discuss tree replacement opportunities. City Light recently hired a full time employee to manage their tree replacement program. It is our understanding City Light will provide tree certificates for the removed trees and we hope there are opportunities to plant new trees to begin re-establishing the tree buffer that has been removed.

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Troll’s Knoll Project Awarded $685,000

April 29th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Big changes are coming to the Fremont Troll (much to Knute Berger’s chagrin).

Back on December 6th, Seattle Parks and Recreation announced that the plans for Troll’s Knoll was among the possible recipients for their Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund grants.

On March 10th, Troll’s Knoll received that funding, which includes $685,000 to turn the land on both sides of the Troll into a new park space featuring a community P-Patch, pathways, wildflowers, new seating and more.

The City of Seattle will be implementing the project and they anticipate the planning and design to begin in 2012, with construction in 2013.

There will be at least 2 large public meetings to discuss the conceptual and schematic designs which the PAT will be integrally involved with.

Stay up to speed on the project by following the Friends of Troll’s Knoll on Facebook.

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Meeting on Monday to discuss Troll’s Knoll grant

November 6th, 2009 by Heidi

A couple of weeks ago Friends of the Troll’s Knoll found out they had received a $6000 grant from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Projects Fund.  The grant matched more than $6000 that was previously raised in donations.  Now that the money has been received, it’s time to put it to good use.  More specifically, the money was awarded to plant a buffer of trees along the Aurora corridor and to mulch the blackberries that were cut down in the green space surrounding the Troll (see preliminary design below).

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Kimberly Scrivner of Friends of the Troll’s Knoll tells us they’re hoping to get trees planted this month to allow them to grow over the winter.  Before they can get started, though, they need help to make some quick decisions. 

There will be a community meeting this coming Monday, November 9, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Fremont Library (731 N. 35th St).  Items to be discussed include tree planting (what types, how many, proximity to the Aurora Bridge), how best to mulch and coordinating volunteer efforts.  Everyone is invited to participate and give input.  If you can’t make the meeting but have any suggestions, you can email Kimberly at kscrivner@psrc.org.

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Friends of the Troll’s Knoll receives $6000 grant

October 26th, 2009 by Heidi

After community efforts to clean the green space around the Fremont Troll, plans are moving forward to develop the area thanks to help from the city.

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This weekend, Kimberly Scrivner of Friends of the Troll’s Knoll learned they have received a $6000 grant through the Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Neighborhood Match Fund Grant.  This brings a total of more than $12,000 to help them begin planting trees along Aurora and for mulching the blackberries that were cleared by SDOT crews a couple of months ago.  The grant follows a ”Clean and Green” event attended by Mayor Greg Nickels in August that gave neighbors a first look at preliminary plans for revitalizing the green space surrounding the Troll. 

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Scrivner spearheaded the Friends of the Troll’s Knoll project to help make the area on each side of the Aurora Bridge on N. 36th St. and Troll Way a safe and more utilized interactive space in the Fremont community.   Tonight, she will be presenting the preliminary project designs at the Fremont Neighborhood Council meeting at 7:00 pm. to get additional input.  Several community meetings are being planned to get feedback from the neighborhood and to discuss next steps.  We’ll keep you posted with more information.

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