News and Events

  • “Circle Park” Celebration

    “Circle Park” Celebration

    We had a small, but friendly celebration of the completion of our work to improve our favorite urban oasis in the heart of the Ravenna-Cowen National Historic District. We were able to honor the folks that spearheaded the latest work, as well as the previous efforts of neighborhood volunteers that cleared the obnoxious ivy from…

  • “Circle Park” Celebration Saturday, June 8, 2024

    “Circle Park” Celebration Saturday, June 8, 2024

    4:00-5:00 PM—Enjoy recent improvements, including new benches and handcrafted wooden stools. See the beautiful native plants in the garden, some blooming now. Watch the unveiling of the new commemorative plaque. All this thanks to Volunteers & Donors! Refreshments served!! 17th Avenue NE traffic circle at NE 63rd & NE Naomi Place For a brief history…

  • Peak Migration Bird Walk in Ravenna Park Update

    Peak Migration Bird Walk in Ravenna Park Update

    Woody Wheeler, a seasoned birding guide in the Seattle area, led both the May 25 and June 1 Bird Walks through Ravenna Park. They were well received. We hope to have similar walks in the future. Stay tuned in. If you have questions about  birds, including feeding birds and birding optics, please ask Woody.  You…

  • Successful AADU and DADU Workshop

    Twenty people attended our AADU and DADU Workshop held on Saturday 24, 2024 at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center. Maxwell Branham and Katrina Nygarrd from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections provided a comprehensive presentation on adding accessory dwelling units to existing homes. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.…

  • Upcoming Accessory Dwelling Workshop

    Friends of Ravenna-Cowen (FORC) is sponsoring a workshop on adding Accessory Dwelling Units (AADUs and DADUs) to houses within our historic neighborhood. City of Seattle staff will explain the requirements and permitting process, as well as providing advice on design and construction. We will also address how these new housing units can be added without…

  • Walking Tour #4

    Walking Tour #4

    We held our fourth walking tour on Saturday, October 7, 2023. This tour focused on the Ravenna Park, the beautiful park that is adjacent to and south of the District. Larry Johnson led one of two groups for the walking tour. He was assisted by board member Lani Johnson, as well as volunteer Dante Moreno.…

  • Walking Tour #3

    On Saturday, June 24, FORC hosted the third of our walks through the Historic District. This walking tour covered the easternmost section of the District encompassing the University Place and College plats and portions of the Wade, Wasson, Alder Park, and Ravenna Springs Parks plats, ending up at the Ravenna Commercial District.

  • Walking Tour #2 – University Scenic Plat

    Walking Tour #2 – University Scenic Plat

    On May 6, 2023, FORC hosted our second historical interest walk through the central section of the Historic District. About 60 neighbors participated with FORC president, Larry E. Johnson, AIA, leading the group and pointing out points of interest along the way. You can download Walk #2 below and take a self-guided tour too. This…

  • Celebration For Our Historic Ravenna-Cowen Neighborhood

    Celebration For Our Historic Ravenna-Cowen Neighborhood

    On October 1, 2022, FORC hosted a celebration of the Ravenna-Cowen Historic District in Cowen Park. Over 50 neighbors and 3 local politicians joined in the event. FORC Board President Larry Johnson described the mission of the organization and lead a tour of Cowen Park and the Cowen University Park Platt (east and north of…

  • National Historic District Street Signs

    National Historic District Street Signs

    In late 2018, FORC applied for a City of Seattle Small Sparks grant from the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) to install Historic District street signs. The application was approved in 2019, and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) installed the signs in February 2020. The signs were paid for by a combination of volunteer time…