The Friends of Piper’s Orchard invite the community to join them in celebrating Carkeek Park’s historic orchard on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Carkeek Park. FREE and fun for the whole family, activities include:
In Piper’s Orchard
Visit the orchard
Orchard tours (11:30am and 1:30pm)
Get your fruit tree and grape questions answered
Apple variety tasting
Mason Bee demonstrations
Orchard Oculus art piece
At the Environmental Center
Apple pie contest (10-10:45am)
Fresh pressed cider demonstration
Buy pies and cider from Tillie’s Cafe (11am-2pm)
Master Gardener Clinic with activities for adults and children
Carkeek Wildlife Habitat Gardens tours
Bring a homemade apple pie between 10:00 am and 10:30 am to enter into the pie contest or donate a homemade pie for resale. More interested in eating pies than baking them? That’s okay too! Donated pies will be available for purchase at Tillie’s Café, and the proceeds will go toward maintaining the orchard. Contest pies will also be available for purchase.
The Festival of Fruit is organized by the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, a group of dedicated volunteers who rescued the historic North Seattle orchard from invasive plants. Each year, the annual festival raises awareness and funds to help the volunteers ensure that the orchard, originally planted in the 1890s, will survive at least another 100 years.
Alongside the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, the Festival of Fruit is also sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Tree Fruit Society, and City Fruit.
Getting There: Metro bus lines D, 28 and 40 all travel near the McAbee entrance to Carkeek Park. From there it’s a ½ mile walk down the Piper’s Creek trail to Piper’s Orchard and another ½ mile to the Education Center.
Parking: Parking is very limited. Visitors are encouraged to park below the Education Center. Volunteers will be directing guests.
On Monday August 14th, crews will begin work on the Viewlands Trail reroute. The project will reroute the lower portion of the Viewlands trail down the ridge to the NW, providing a gentler, drier path.
The existing trail will be open during construction of the new route, 8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m., August 14–September 15.
Please keep alert for vehicles moving materials along the Pipers Creek Trail.
Major funding for this project came from the “Meet Me at the Park” grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company. Thank you to all that voted for this project in April (“Meet me at the Park” post).
The Submission deadline has passed. Thank you to the 29 artists who have submitted proposals.
In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation, ArtSite Ltd., and the Associated Recreation Council, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) invites proposals for up to five temporary outdoor projects for the ongoing environmental art exhibition known as Heaven & Earth. Carkeek Park is located in NW Seattle and features an approximately 190 acre urban forest with fields, wooded trails, and a saltwater beach. The exhibition runs August 5, 2017 – October 15, 2017. The deadline for submissions is June 18, 2017; there is no fee to apply. Emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply.
Artists and artist teams will be offered an honorarium of $1,000 ($500 upon successful installation of accepted projects, and another $500 upon successful de-installation of projects). For the ninth season of the ongoing series, the organizers have selected ArtSite Ltd, a professional sculpture installation team, as curator. The theme for the 2017 Heaven & Earth installation is cultivation:
There are still spots left for week one and week two!
EarthKeepers is a special summer day camp for exploring, learning and playing outdoors in Carkeek Park’s 216 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach. We offer activities to foster friendship, learning, creativity and leadership. On any given day at Camp you may find yourself exploring the tide pools, hike the many trails, play in a field, learn about nature, or create art. Different themes each week! The age range that camp is designed for is 6 – 12. The camp runs 9am – 4pm , Monday through Friday, June 26 to August 25, 2017 (no camp July 4th).