Twin Ponds Park restroom gets a makeover

Friday, September 25, 2015

Michiko Tanaka created the mural at Twin Ponds
The bulletin board is next to her

Parkwood Neighborhood Association awarded Neighborhood Minigrant to revitalize Twin Ponds

Parkwood Neighborhood Association (PNA), second place winner of the 2014 Neighborhood of the Year award from Neighborhoods USA, continues its placemaking efforts by adding a mural and community bulletin board to the restroom walls at Twin Ponds Park.

PNA chose this project as a strategic effort to create a space where residents feel inspired by nature, art and play. The mural, created by artist Michiko Tanaka of Seattle, was designed to celebrate elements of the park: trees, ducks, herons and the logo from the Parkwood Neighborhood Association. Tanaka was selected following a competitive open call for artists from the community.

“We want an inviting place to meet as a neighborhood, and this project was a great first step at creating a gathering space at Twin Ponds Park,” says PNA Board Member, Chris Goodman.

Artist Michiko Tanaka (left) and Chris Goodman
New Twin Ponds mural

The new bulletin board offers another way for neighbors to stay informed and connected. The grant also provided for two new benches that will be installed by the playground. This project adds features that enhance the park's appeal and interest while building a place for people to meet, share information, and learn about the park.

In addition to a community garden and a regularly-used soccer field, Twin Ponds boasts lush woods, a maze of walking trails, and beautiful birds and other wildlife. Future projects by PNA will focus on highlighting the incredible natural beauty of the park. 

Goodman adds, “We are very grateful for the support for Neighborhood Mini-Grant funding from the City of Shoreline, and for support from Shoreline Parks Department and the Arts Director for helping us make our vision become a reality.”

The Parkwood Neighborhood Association (PNA) is a forum for neighbors to share information and implement change. We focus on cultivating our diverse community, promoting a safe and pleasant neighborhood environment, and serving as a liaison between the Parkwood neighborhood and the City of Shoreline. You can find PNA online. Contact Michiko Tanaka here.


Anonymous,  September 26, 2015 at 2:58 PM  

Will this mural hold up under repeated removal of grafitti? That restroom is regularly tagged.

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