Sword ferns are dying off at an alarming rate in the middle of the Magnificent Forest. The Friends have been working with Seattle Parks and Recreation, plant pathologists from Washington State University, and research ecologists from the University of Washington to try to understand what is happening. Research plots have been established to monitor how the die-off progresses and to test simple hypotheses about why the ferns are dying.
To keep up with the latest developments, check the Fern Die-off blog here:
Fern Die-off Blog: sewardparkswordferndieoff.blogspot.com
For 50 years the Seward Park Torii (Japanese Gate) graced the entrance to
Seward Park. Originally built for the 1934 Potlatch Festival, it was given to
the city as a symbol of friendship by the Seattle Japanese Chamber of Commerce
and placed in Seward Park in 1935. It was finally removed due to aging and decay
in 1985-1986. In 2013 FoSP sought community input to develop a design plan for
replacement of the torii. We hired Murase Associates to work with the community
to develop a plan addressing maintenance concerns and community values.
As of the start of 2017, we have completed the design for a new torii made of stone and wood, and after a highly successful fundraising campaign, the torii committee has obtained building permits and is entering the construction bidding stage.
See our Torii website (http://sewardparktorii.org) to learn more about the Seward Park Torii and to donate.