Join friends and neighbors to celebrate the opening of Bell Street Park on Saturday, April 12, 2-5 p.m. The celebration will be centrally located from 2nd to 3rd Avenue on Bell Street Park, however the new park addition spans Bell Street from 1st through 5th Avenues.
The celebration will be something the whole family and community can enjoy! The special occasion will include a Lion Dance from Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness brought to you by AquaBar, a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a performance from a local band, The Royal We – playing songs from the past 30 years. While you take in the performances, play lawn games provided by Target and partake in activities from Metropolitan Improvement District and snack on sweet or savory treats from food truck favorites.
At the opening celebration, be sure to look for the recent addition of public art. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and Cultural selected national recognized artist Sheila Klein. The art aims to be the catalyst for park activation.
Bell Street Park converts one traffic lane and reconfigures parking to create a park like corridor through the heart of Belltown. The four block area was improved with landscaping, better lighting and more open space. The continuous level pavement encourages pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles to share the space. Seattle Parks, SvR + Hewitt and the community worked together to create a plan for the new park while AGR Construction worked to make the project a reality.
Belltown is a unique Seattle neighborhood and one of high density and growth. Geographically it links other neighborhoods: the waterfront, Pike Place Market, downtown, Seattle Center and the Denny Triangle. It is home to an eclectic mix of businesses, residents and architecture. It is a dedicated, caring, and inclusive community that not only supports, but also embraces more than 30 human services agencies and low-income housing. The project was first proposed in the 1998 Belltown Neighborhood Plan, and has been endorsed by a range of community organizations – including Belltown Housing and Land Use Committee and the Belltown Community Council.
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided $5 million to plan, design and construct Bell Street Park. The artwork is commissioned with Parks and Green Spaces Levy 1% for Art funds.
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