Woodland Park Zoo is very excited to work with Seattle Parks and Recreation to develop a sensory garden on grounds adjacent to our much-loved, free-access Rose Garden. The community is invited to two meetings to give input about the project. The meetings will be held September 10th and October 21st from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave N). The first meeting will emphasize planning and the second will gather final feedback. The below information comes to us from Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The goal of the project is to develop a garden for the senses by adding sight, touch, smell and sound elements to increase accessibility and provide a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. At the meetings, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and the design team of Fischer Bouma Partnership, Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology and Mark Epstein of Hafs Epstein, will provide project information and gather community input for the design of this unique garden. This community-initiated project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been coordinating with Woodland Park Zoo, the Lions Club, Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center, Lighthouse for the Blind, ARC of King County and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.