Salmon celebration 2019

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, 11/24 from 11am until 2pm, all ages are invited to Carkeek Park for activities to welcome the salmon home. Celebrate with food (donuts, coffee, cider, and mandarin oranges), music, an appearance by Bert the Salmon, Salmon Jeopardy, a kid-friendly salmon scavenger hunt through the park, a salmon dissection and other information tables. Volunteer Salmon Stewards and CWCAP volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

47th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

The Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project invites you to join us in celebration of World Water Day by helping collect Water Samples in our park!

When: Saturday October 19th                  Time: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Work with other volunteers to collect water samples at multiple sites throughout the park. After a brief tutorial, each team will be sent to a collection site to obtain a sample. After the sample has been obtained, we will perform water temperature, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen tests with the kits that are provided. This is a great opportunity to interact with your local community and be an important part of the success of our beautiful park. It’s also an opportunity to see the start of the salmon returning to our creek.

Ages 8-Adult are welcome to participate in this event. It’s a great way to spend a couple hours with your family and friends and learn more about the importance of the water we all depend on. 

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13th Annual Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit

The 13th Annual Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.   This year’s festival will be held entirely in Piper’s Orchard. 

There will be orchard tours, apple juice pressing, apple variety identification—bring your apples, heritage apple tasting, apple tree planting, and tree pruning and orchard care demonstrations, children’s games, mason bee display, live music and a Master Gardener clinic with free consultation.

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.

Parking: Parking is limited. If you park at the bottom of the hill along Carkeek Park Road, it is less than a 1/2 mile walk up Pipers Creek Trail to the orchard.

Make your way down to Piper’s Orchard between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, October 5th and join in the fun!

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Carkeek Park Advisory Council Meetings have moved

The Carkeek Park Advisory Council has moved its monthly meeting to the fourth Tuesday of the month starting in June 2019. We used to meet on the fourth Monday of the month. Our next meeting will be this Tuesday, June 25th at 7pm in the Carkeek park Administration Building. These meetings are open to the public and we welcome anyone interested in the health of Carkeek Park or in volunteer activities in the Carkeek Park.

Note, our July meeting time is reserved for our volunteer recognition party and we do not meet in August. Our next meeting after June 25th is Tuesday, September 24th at 7pm.