Windtree Park opens for business

August 1, 2008

By Jim Feehan

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Kai Dalton, 3, rides some of the new playground equipment during the opening of Windtree Park last month. By Jim Feehan

Liz Thompson enjoys the proximity of Newcastle’s newest park. Windtree Park opened for business last month after several years in the making.

Mylar balloons, miniature rubber ducks and pinwheels adorned the park in the Windtree neighborhood.

Park goers were treated to lemonade, iced tea and cupcakes during the grand opening.

“I love the natural setting of the park and the fact that it fits so well into the neighborhood,” said Thompson, a Windtree resident and member of the Newcastle Planning Commission.

Going to the park will no longer require a drive to Lake Boren Park for Thompson and her two sons: Corban 4, and Liam, 19 months.

“I’m so excited to have a park to walk to,” Thompson said.

Windtree resident Matt Dalton was an early supporter of the park in his neighborhood. Dalton said the park exceeds all expectations.

“It will be a great common gathering point that will only elevate the family feel in the neighborhood,” he said.

Two years ago, the City Council shifted $430,000 in funds allocated to the design and construction of Windtree Park from the 2007 budget to the city’s 2006 budget. About $375,000 was applied to the construction of the neighborhood park, on three-fourths of an acre at the intersection of Southeast 91st Street and 121st Avenue Southeast.

The park includes paved and soft-surface trails forming a loop for walkers to traverse. A paved path forms a loop around a central lawn and extends to the south and east entrances of the park. That path runs from the south entrance to accessible parking near Southeast 93rd Street.

A children’s play area and covered picnic shelter are located near the northern end of the lawn.

Soft-surface trails loop through forested areas in the northwest and southeast corners of the park.

Ed Macloed, a landscape architect and park designer, said the park would provide ample space for family celebrations in a natural setting. The park features benches, a covered picnic area and a children’s playground beneath towering fir trees.

“This park was telling us what to do when we designed it,” Macleod said. “Tread lightly on this beautiful site.”¬†

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