Peggy Gaynor receives honor

Friends of Thornton Creek Park #1 (the Park is now named Licorice Fern Nature Area on Thornton Creek) is very proud to announce that our landscape architect Peggy Gaynor ( ) has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Peggy is currently carrying out our contract for planning and design for the future of the Park.
My first interest in the work of Peggy Gaynor came when I visited the newly-opened Meadowbook Park across the street from Meadowbrook Community Center. Incorporating a sound dish for the concentration of natural sounds and a retention pond (click for photo of this project). It was the most innovative park I had ever seen. I didn’t know who had designed this park, but I wanted to find out.  So I tucked the thought in the back of my mind.
Over the years I heard of the work being done at what was to become Victory Creek Park — the first success along the eighteen miles of Thornton Creek. Finally, with the daylighting of Thornton Creek at Northgate, a friend saw a beaver swimming in the reawakened Creek while walking out of the movie theater. Behind a great many of these projects, Peggy Gaynor.
—- Anita Fisk for Friends of Thornton Creek Park #1.       


Kruckeberg Botanic Garden recommended

From Anita Fisk:

We are very fortunate to have on our Steering Committee for Friends of the newly-named Licorice Fern Nature Area (formally Thornton Creek Park #1) Emily Spronger, Program director of Kruckeberg Gardens.
Krukeberg Botanic Garden  is located Shoreline. Although I have lived in Seattle longer than anywhere else I have lived in my rather peripatetic life, I only became aware of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden as a result of knowing Emily, and I visited recently on a Sunday. It’s a local treasure begun by the Kruckebergs who had more than the average interest in plants, and ended up with more than the average garden with more than enough to share, so we can help support this local treasure. The City of Shoreline now owns the gardens. It’s a very interesting mix of native species and hard-to-find plants. It’s a must-see.
Yours,  Anita

Planning and Design Meeting May 31

Please attend, listen to your neighbors’ opinions, express your wishes, and leave a written comment in our log if you wish. 

Tuesday May 31, 2011 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
 St Matthew Parish Conference Rooms
1240 NE 127th Street, Seattle WA 98125
 Light refreshments and parking

Friends of Thornton Creek Park #1, a neighborhood organization, has adopted and is stewarding the Thornton Creek Park #1 Natural Area, between 10th and 15th Avenues NE and north of 130th Street.

Friends recently received an $18,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhood Small & Simple Grant for community outreach and planning, with the assistance of landscape architect Peggy Gaynor, GAYNOR, Inc. The planning and design workshops, listed above, are the first step in creating a vision and action plan for the future of the park. Our goals are to preserve and restore the natural habitats, keep the park wildlife-friendly and provide environmentally-sensitive pedestrian access to the park.

Please come join your neighbors and provide your input, to create a vision for Thornton Creek Park #1.

For maps showing the area of the Park, and for photos taken in the Park, see pages in this site

To submit your comments directly, email to

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. 

Results of First Public Planning Meeting

April 13th’s Public Planning Meeting attracted about 50 neighbors (45 signed the register).   Design consultant Peggy Gaynor, GAYNOR, Inc., used large format posters to illustrate the history of the land, analysis of the site and background for the planning process. 

Aerial Photos from 1936 to 1974 show the increase in development surrounding the Park.   The current habitat and features map is the result of the March 2011 site survey and mapping effort by GAYNOR, Inc.  This poster of Park photos shows ground-level views in the Park.  The Site Analysis Map marks areas of greatest wildlife use, most disturbance, shade and sun, and forest types.   The forest is threatened by invasive plants. This Urban Forest poster  shows why the City of Seattle is promoting urban forest restoration in this and all parks.

Meeting attendees discussed the Three Goals and Objectives in small table groups.  Summaries of the table discussions are the first part of this Public Comments document.  The main part of the Public Comments document has specific opinions from 30 attendees on the Three Goals and Objectives, and a summary of opinion.

The second Public Meeting will be Tuesday May 31, 2011, same time and place, 6:30PM in the St Matthew Parish Conference Rooms, 1270 NE 127th Street, Seattle 98125.

January — Thornton Creek Park #1 From North Edge

Midwinter creek, with late-January plants awakening.  The stumps are of the cedars that stood tall here.

For the album click the image or  here