A New Place To Rest Your Feet In Nora’s Woods

If you’ve never heard of Nora’s Woods, Madrona’s pocket-sized park on 29th Avenue between Cherry and Columbia streets, you’re probably not the only one. Taking up just half a block, this tiny greenspace was named after former Madrona resident and community leader Nora Wood, who bought the land in 1987 with the intention of creating a haven for both native plants and residents of the neighborhood.

Nora's Bench 1A new bench installed earlier this month provides visitors to the park a spot to sit and enjoy this little slice of nature in the midst of an urban environment. You’ll find a variety of habitats in the park, including a  fern gully, a meadow, and a lowland forest. Next time you are in the area, take a detour through Nora’s Woods, sit on the new stone bench and thank Nora for preserving this patch of green for all to enjoy.


Turn In Your Kraus Fund Applications

When Mimi and Martin Kraus fled Nazi territory in 1939, they left their native Austria and settled in Seattle, and were longtime residents of the Madrona neighborhood. They hiked every weekend, or skied in at near by ski lifts. When Mimi died in 2008 after a long life of 98 years, she left a generous gift of $50,000 in her will towards benefiting the Madrona parks and recreation. In 2010 the Madrona Community Council began to accept applications and distribute funds for things like renovations of Madrona Beach, restoration work in Madrona Woods, and improvements to Harrison Ridge and Madrona Shelterhouse.

Madrona Park

Madrona Park

The MCC is now accepting another batch of applications for the remaining $20,000 of the Kraus donation, and all applications must be sent in by February 24, 2014. Presentations for proposals will be made at the March 4th Council meeting, and awards will be announced on April 1, 2014 – no joke. Please find applications at Madrona.us and submit via email to wmahoney@gmail.com, or snail mail them in to Bill Mahoney, Madrona Community Council Board Member, 425 31st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. If you have questions regarding the process, please send inquiries to wmahoney@gmail.com.

 Project requirements are as follows:

  • Must demonstrate public benefit of a park and/or recreation project
  • Must be within boundaries of Madrona neighborhood
  • Can be for any requested amount up to $20,000, and smaller projects will also be considered
  • Must meet approval of the Parks Department or other land-owner agency in concept and design. The concept approval should be obtained and included in application by due date
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of neighborhood involvement and support, or demonstrated need.
  • Successful projects will receive a one-time award, and should not be used for ongoing maintenance.