Work Party by University Prep 7th-Graders

7th-grade students from the University Prep Middle School have adopted 3 distinct “Puma Power Zones” of Licorice Fern Natural Area and are making a big difference already. So far they have had one work party and two more are planned for this winter. Early in October, 26 students and three teachers joined “Friends of Licorice Fern Natural Area” volunteers and two hard-working Parks employees for a Community Services work party.  Together they removed invasive species such as blackberry, holly and english ivy, built on-site compost towers for debris, added wood chips to maintenance trails, and cleared a street-side drainage ditch. U-Prep’s next steps will be to plant and nurture some native trees in the Puma Power Zones under the direction of Friends volunteers. If you’re interested in participating please send us an email at


The Public Planning Process Is Complete

At the third and final public meeting (July 28) for input on the grant for planning for Thornton Creek Park #1, Peggy Gaynor of GAYNOR, Inc. presented her synthesis of the alternatives for trails and overlooks into or along the edge of the Park, and for forest restoration
Next she will compile the background data, the planning history, and the final recommended plans into a final report.  In a future meeting with the Department of Parks and Recreation, she will present the report for approval by the Department, which could ask for significant changes.

 Once a final report is approved, the Friends will produce a number of paper copies to be placed in libraries and schools, and made available to neighbors who request them, while supplies last.

This document has been funded in part by the Neighborhood Matching Fund Program of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The information contained herein does not necessarily reflect the policies, plans, beliefs, conclusions, ideas, etc., of the City of Seattle. The City does not warrant the accuracy of any of the information, ideas, conclusions, etc., contained in this document.

Final Public Meeting for Planning – Thursday 27 July

All are urged to attend the third public planning meeting for Thornton Creek Park #1, recently renamed “Licorice Fern Natural Area on Thornton Creek”.  We will be meeting in the usual place, the conference rooms at St.Matthew Parish, 1270 NE 127th Street, Seattle, at 6:30PM Thursday 27 July.

Based on comments from that meeting Peggy Gaynor will prepare the final plan proposal to the Parks Department, and eventually there will be a formal plan document available.

Hope to see everyone Thursday.

Park Renamed “Licorice Fern N.A.”

The new official name for our Thornton Creek Park #1 is “Licorice Fern Natural Area on Thornton Creek”.   This was announced in a Parks news release this way:

Licorice Fern Natural Area on Thornton Creek is adjacent to the Jackson Park Golf course to the west. It is bordered by NE 130th St. to the south and 10th Ave. NE to the west. It follows the creek northeasterly toward NE Brockman Pl. It is a predominately wooded ravine providing rich wildlife habitat on the North Branch of Thornton Creek. Licorice Ferns are abundant and unique to this area. 

We will switch to the new name for our community organization “Friends of Thornton Creek Park #1” after the conclusion of our planning grant phase, around October 2011.