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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Parks


January 30, 2015 at 7:42 PM

A playground that lifts a neighborhood


Stephanie Bower holds back tears as she reads a recent letter from Claire Barnett. Barnett’s daughters, Coriander and Blake, were traveling with their dad, David Clemetson, and stepmom, Carolyn Clemetson, when Alaska Airlines 261 crashed in 2000.


Sketched Jan. 28, 2015

It’s been 15 years, but Queen Anne resident Stephanie Bower hasn’t forgotten about her neighbors, the Pearsons and the Clemetsons. The two families — four adults and six children in total — were among 88 people, most with Seattle-area ties, whose lives were cut short when Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed off the coast near Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2000.


Comments | Topics: Queen Anne

June 13, 2014 at 5:42 PM

How you can get your share of solar energy


Sketched June 10, 2014

If it were up to Gina Hicks, more rooftops would be covered with solar panels like the picnic shelters at Jefferson Park.

Hicks is one of a few hundred Seattle City Light customers with a stake in Community Solar, a little-known program that allows customers to invest in solar energy without having to install solar panels directly on their homes. It works like this: You buy a share of the power capacity of city-owned solar arrays and get credited for the energy they produce every year.


Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Beacon Hill

May 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Olympic Sculpture Park stands tall on a sunny day


Sketched May 13, 2014

Did you get out and enjoy the sun this week? With temperatures in the 70s and 80s, it felt just like summer. Sitting by Alexander Calder’s “Eagle” at Olympic Sculpture Park, I saw people reading books, walking their dogs and taking in the magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains.

The park feels so right in this location, it’s hard to believe it didn’t exist when I moved here eight years ago. It opened in 2007 on the former site of a fuel-storage facility that took years to clean up.


Comments | More in Nature, Parks, Skylines, Waterscapes | Topics: Belltown

May 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Mother’s Day plant sale recalls Shoreline mom’s gardening legacy


“Wood Wave” is a 10-foot-tall salvaged redwood repurposed as a climbable art piece by sculptor Bruce Johnson. Enid Kruckeberg said it’s the largest public art in the City of Shoreline. (Yes, larger than the Ponies!)

Sketched May 6, 2014

Gabi_0509_kruckeberg_01Here’s a unique place I would take my mom for Mother’s Day if she didn’t live on another continent: The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline.

Mareen and Art Kruckeberg, a local horticulturist-botanist couple, moved to this 4-acre property in 1958 and transformed their grassy backyard into a world-class garden home to more than 2,000 plant species and some cool art installations.


Comments | More in History, Nature, Parks, Portraits, Public art | Topics: Shoreline

June 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Mount Baker viewpoint lets you find your place in the universe

The Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint is built over a sloping terrain that used to be off-limits and covered with blackberries and trees, said David Berger, a longtime neighbor who rallied the community to preserve the view for future generations. —ooo— Sketched June 12, 2013 I’ve yet to visit a Seattle location that says so much about our longing for…


Comments | More in Community, Parks, Skylines | Topics: Mount Baker

April 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Many miss natural beauty along park’s handy steps

Sketched April 17, 2013 A massive metal staircase cuts through Eagle Landing Park in Burien, connecting a woodsy bluff with a secluded beach facing Vashon Island and the Olympics. For Jim Branson, whose family owned this land for nearly 100 years, those 257 zigzagging steps are a mixed blessing. Perched on hollow concrete pilings, the staircase…


Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Burien

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