McAuliffe Park

Address: 10824 NE 116th St, Kirkland, WA 98034

 

Types of fruit grown within this orchard: Mature apples, pear, and figs. Quince, fig, Asian plum, Asian pear, fruit cocktail, aprium, persimmon, Honeycrisp apple, and Contorted Mulberry saplings were planted in the spring of 2023, along with seaberry, currant, strawberry, and olallieberry.

 

Background and history:

“McAuliffe Park is located on a historic farm site.  You can see mature orchard trees, historic buildings, and farm equipment, some dating back to the late 1800s” (City of Kirkland, 2022).  Within the park is a community learning garden, developed in partnership between Tilth Alliance and the Kirkland Parks Department.  The learning garden provides urban farming education opportunities for schools, local organizations and businesses, and general community members at large.  It features ancestral growing practices, “annual vegetables grown with organic practices, a new rain garden, and water and resource conservation” (Tilth Alliance, 2022).

(Image description: sign and entrance to the orchard.)
(Image description: view of the drive into the orchard.)
(Image description: view of the orchard on a gray day.)
(Image description: some sun on the orchard.)
(Image description: view of the orchard on a gray day.)
(Image description: view of the orchard on a gray day.)
(Image description: City Fruit volunteers gather on a sunny summer day to harvest apples!)
(Image description: two volunteers with pickers and a crate of apples.)