About Us

The programming and activation in Cascade Playground is organized through a public-private partnership, by a group of Cascade and South Lake Union neighbors, small business owners, non-profits, and community leaders. All programming in the park is free to the public, and encourages access to the outdoors, fostering community building and engagement through free activities, with a focus on increased access to art, music, culture, youth and family activities, health and fitness, sustainability and community building.

While all classes, events and equipment are free to the public, we are fortunate to be able to pay instructors, artists, performers, and other vendors through our grant funding and private donations. Vendors who are Minority and Women Owned Businesses are encouraged to contact us with a proposal to provide services in Cascade Playground. We welcome all applications and ideas for creative ways to activate the park. Please contact Zoe at info@slucommunitycouncil.org with inquiries.

Staff

Zoe KasperzykActivation Coordinator

Zoe joins us as the new Activation Coordinator for Cascade Playground. She discovered her passion for parks as a kid watching her father advocate for more green space in Ballard, where she grew up. She moved to New York to study environmental and urban planning at Bard College. There, she worked to build bicycle networks, organize community arts events, and research public space.

Zoe brings international experience from when she worked in Spain and Mexico, and a devotion to making parks safe, and welcoming spaces for all. When she’s not working, Zoe is most likely hiking in the Cascades, biking to a farmers market, or baking a pie. She looks forward to building community in Cascade!

Cascade Playground Committee

Andrea FlorissiCaffé Torino

David Springer-TrybusAMLI SLU

Edlira KukaVulcan Inc.

Erin MaherThe Maher Company

Filmon HabteselassieCompass Housing Alliance

John PehrsonMirabella Resident

Lloyd DouglasCascade Neighborhood Resident

Marty KushmerickCascade P-Patch

Pat ThenellMirabella-Cascade

Sage MillerCascade Neighbor

Cascade Playground