■ New p-patch: Gardeners and neighbors compared their crops in the newly named Hawkins Garden p-patch, near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and East Jefferson Street, during an opening event in late July.
The festivities included a parade to the site and a dedication to the Hawkins family, who have cared for the garden for many years.
■ Grant: The Friends of Powell Barnett Park has received a $15,000 grant from Safeco Insurance to fund the playground renovation project.
The group had applied for $20,000 last spring.
Also, the group received a $10,000 grant from the Washington Insurance Council to work with Coyote Central on the project.
■ Art award: Cary Jurriaans, who recently moved from Madison Park, received an Award of Excellence cash award at the Eastside Association of Fine Arts members show for her oil painting "Reflections on the Past."
■ Creek daylighting: Members of the Friends of Madrona Woods group gave Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Gossett a tour along Madrona Creek Park in late June to show him the progress the group has made in daylighting the stream to Lake Washington and the plans they have for its future.
The group has been working with neighbors and school groups since 1996 to restore the 9-acre urban forest at 38th Avenue and East Marion Street, including creating trail, removing invasive plants and replacing them with native plants.
The project is expected to be finished in 2006-07.[[In-content Ad]]