Plans for 'Troll's Knoll' in Fremont bring parking concerns


by Heather Graf / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 10:52 PM

Changes are coming to one of Seattle's most beloved landmarks.  Not the Space Needle.  Not Pike Place market.  Instead, the Fremont Troll is getting a new neighbor in the form of a park called 'The Troll's Knoll.'

It's a project nearly two years in the making, and an idea that was brought forth by community members.

The park will be built on the now overgrown and empty lot that sits at the north end of the Aurora Avenue Bridge on North 36th Street.  If you're standing on 36th and facing the troll, that's the piece of property directly to your left.

"It's been unused for a long time, it should be turned into something beautiful," said Maria McDonald.  "And people in Seattle love their green spaces."

The park has been widely supported by the Fremont community.

On Wednesday night, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department invited people to a public meeting, to get input on exactly what the park should look like.

A landscape architect showed the crowd a few sketches that include ideas such as a community garden, benches, pathways, and maybe even an amphitheater.  It will also provide a pedestrian link to the developing neighborhood business district in northern Fremont.

The only concern expressed in the meeting seemed to surround parking in an area that's already congested on a daily basis.

"I support the park, but there's always a trickle of people coming through all the time and now this is going to add more traffic," said one woman who lives near the Fremont Troll.  "There's already fairly limited parking."

The Parks and Recreation Department said those concerns and suggestions are the reason they're holding these public meetings. 

The next one is set for July 16th and will take place at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center.

You can learn more about the project here.

The budget for the park is about $685,000, paid for with Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding.  The current timeline has a tentative opening planned for 2015.