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Believe it or not, Summer is almost at an end, though we hope the sunshine decides to stay a while! But, it ain’t over till it’s over, as they say, and there’s still lots of fun to be had, especially at the 4th annual Belltown Crush Block Party!

 

Belltown’s favorite summertime bash is going on this year at Bell Street Park and promises to be a blast!

 

Enjoy tastes of fabulous locally crafted wines and beers and scrumptious bites from Pintxo, Mama’s Cantina, Road Dawg, and Belltown Brewing.

 

Sip and savor your way through the festival while enjoying live tunes and don’t miss out on the grape stomping competition, to really get you into the spirit of the event and the summer. It’s a local favorite!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 26th from 2-5PM. Advanced tickets are $25 with proceeds going to benefit Plymouth Housing Group.

 

This marvelous event is co-sponsored by Seattle Uncorked, Project Belltown, and the Belltown Business Association.

Be sure to join in on the fun in the sun, celebrate our vibrant community and support a great cause.  It’s the perfect way to spend your Saturday and send Summertime out in style!

Read more about the event and get tickets by clicking the links below.

Join the Friends of Bell Street Park tomorrow, February 13, at the Belltown Community Center to discuss upcoming projects at the park and to enjoy wine and appetizers with your friends and neighbors. Choose your favorites from the top 20 projects selected and give your input on goings-on at the park for the next five years. The event will run from 6:00-8:00 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to grab happy hour at one of our many great Belltown restaurants before heading to the community center, located at 415 Bell St.

Have you always wanted to re-enact that grape-stomping scene from “I Love Lucy”? The Belltown Crush Party, taking place Sunday, September 28 (don’t worry, it’s the Seahawks’ bye week) at Bell Street Park will give you an opportunity to both stomp and drink some of the best grapes Washington has to offer.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the University District Food Bank, will feature tastings from 15 wineries in Cascade Valley Wine Country, the area comprising Chelan, Wenatchee, and Leavenworth. There will be food from neighboring Belltown restaurants to go along with your wine, as well as live music, an on-site wine store, and what is sure to be a big draw – grape-stomping competitions! Along with being a great showcase for Washington wines and benefiting the food bank, this is also the perfect opportunity to check out the Bell Street Park, which was completed in April, if you haven’t already.

Tickets are $25 and are available at udistrictfoodbank.org.

Construction began on the first phase of the Bell Street Park project last week on Thursday. This project will create a 56,000 square foot park between 1st and 5th Ave. along Bell Street.

A rain garden, pedestrian park, and bike lane will be added to the street, as well as over 100 trees, LED street lights, and other energy-efficient lighting. It will be completed in phases by block, with this first phase (between 1st and 2nd Avenue on Bell Street) expected to be complete by the end of May 2013. All phases are expected to reach completion by this winter.

The artist chosen for the Bell Street Park is Sheila Klein, who is currently slated to design at least one other Seattle project, the Tukwila Commuter Railstation. Bell Street Park will be constructed by AGR Construction. The project was bid to cost $3.377 million and is funded under the Parks and Green Spaces Levy from 2008.

This bit of Belltown news comes after years – and several public meetings – of planning, discussion, and decision-making. The existing trees along Bell Street will have to be removed for the project. Seattle Parks did extensive reviews of the area and existing trees, as well as supplying specific information to the public, in an effort to convey their regard for the cost of removing the trees.

An additional note of interest is that the plan allows and will encourage restaurants in the corridor to utilize the space for outdoor dining – an amenity that has been accommodated for in the new Bell Street Park project.

With the new space and greenery provided by the Bell Street Park, Belltown and the rest of Seattle can look forward to a wonderful new area for pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, residents and businesses located on or traveling along Bell Street.

Featured photo from the Project’s webpage.