Ballard Lions Club & CityQuest Volunteers

Last Saturday, members of the Ballard Lions Club and students from Seattle Pacific University helped build a wheelchair-accessible raised bed in the Seattle Sensory Garden.

In a project that helps further SSG goals of creating an inclusive garden in the community, six Ballard Lions Club members and 21 CityQuest volunteers (students from Seattle Pacific University) joined seven Seattle Sensory Garden steering committee members for Saturday’s first fall work party.

Together they were able to clear and level the area, dig the trench for the planter, add the paver set, and tamp and set the stones. Then they added Zoo Doo that was generously donated by the Woodland Park Zoo. Volunteers also placed a layer of paverset around the bed after leveling it to stabilize the ground for wheelchair access.

Helping in Gardening

While the bed is not quite finished yet, we expect it to be completed by the beginning of October. Thanks to the Ballard Lions Club for generously donating $500 in materials for all the stonework. You can help, too. We are still looking to raise another $250 in donations, which will go toward planting the bed and adding braille signage. If you would like to help improve this public garden, please contact Karen Ko ( for more information. Seattle Sensory Garden works with organizations and communities to create an inclusive and sustainable garden adjacent to Woodland Park Zoo that encourages people of all abilities to explore their senses and to learn how others experience the world.