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  • Martin Pagel

SkyLink Is Now a Fiscally Sponsored Project of Seattle Parks Foundation

Updated: Apr 9, 2022

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Seattle Parks Foundation was established in the 1990s, to partner with Seattle Parks and Recreation, as part of the movement to create a 60-acre park at South Lake Union called the "Seattle Commons."

Although voters failed to approve the Seattle Commons initiative, Seattle Parks Foundation kept going. They became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2001, with a commitment to support grassroots community organizations working to make parks and public space projects happen in Seattle. They included SkyLink in their family of fiscally sponsored projects in February of this year.

Seattle Parks Foundation is helping community organizations build and maintain parks and public spaces in Seattle, many along the Duwamish River Valley. When we shared our concerns about the light rail’s impact on West Seattle and the Duwamish Valley, they agreed to fiscally sponsor our efforts.

We have asked Sound Transit to study gondola technology for West Seattle so that the loss / impact on the northern portion of the Duwamish Greenbelt with its heron rookery, the neighborhood park on Pigeon Point next to 22nd Ave SW, and the salmon habitat along Longfellow Creek could be avoided.

As our fiscal sponsor, Seattle Parks Foundation receives donations for us, and serves as our non-profit umbrella, meaning that your donations are tax deductible.

We are grateful to Seattle Parks Foundation for their support.


Charles Tomaras
Charles Tomaras
Mar 28, 2022

The West Seattle project sounds exciting but why stop there? I'd also love to see a gondola from the new station at 148th/I5 going SE over the Jackson Park Golf Course with a stop at the golf course club house and then down to 135th and 15th NE where a small station could be built servicing all the busses that travel on 15th NE and the Olympic Hills neighborhood.

Martin Pagel
Martin Pagel
Mar 29, 2022
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There are many opportunities for gondola connections in our region connecting light rail stations with neighborhoods East and West, often going up hills. We looked at connecting Bitter Lake/Aurora with the new 135th Ave station and Lake City along 125th with a station on Roosevelt. It would connect major bus lines and urbanized areas with the light rail. But for now we're focusing on West Seattle.

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