Seattle Art Museum invites the community to learn about the renovation and proposed expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum

On Sat., Oct. 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the community is invited to attend a community meeting at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM), 1400 E Prospect St. in Volunteer Park for the renovation and proposed expansion of the SAAM building. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the preservation, infrastructure improvements and proposed expansion plans for SAAM.aam-stranger-ad-community-meetings-v21

The renovation and expansion goals include preserving the historic building; improving the museum’s infrastructure; protecting the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades; adding vital gallery and education space with a modest expansion; and enhancing ADA accessibility and the museum’s connection to Volunteer Park.

Renovation and proposed expansion plans are in progress and your input will help implement changes that will best serve SAAM and park visitors. Because it is early in the design phase process, a construction schedule has not yet been finalized. Depending on permitting and other processes, the current estimated timeline is to start construction in the summer/fall of 2017 and complete it in 2019.

To learn more about the project and to provide feedback, please visit Additional meetings will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, co-hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Saturday, Dec. 10. Both meetings will occur at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

Community invited to learn about and provide input for Victor Steinbrueck Park renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to participate in a public meeting for the Victor Steinbrueck Park renovation on Tues. May 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Ave. Seattle, 98101.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project and provide input on the renovation. SPR planner David Graves, and design firm Walker Macy, will present the proposed project, gather community input, and answer questions. 

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates funding to improve Victor Steinbrueck Park public safety by improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children’s play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping. The park sits atop a privately owned parking garage, and the membrane between the westerly portion of the park and the parking garage below is failing. A complete replacement of the membrane will be necessary as part of the renovation.

SPR’s design team will work with the community to prioritize park improvements. We will gather community feedback at this first meeting, present design concepts at the second meeting in September and present the final design for the park in early 2017. SPR has been and will continue to be engaging organizations including the Chief Seattle Club, the Friends of the Market, surrounding residents and business and homeless advocates regarding the park renovation. We encourage the community and park users to attend and participate in the planning.

 For more information please visit or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or


Community input needed for Washington Park Playfield play area renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input for the play area renovation at Washington Park Playfield on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager, project planner and Harrison Design will host an Open House outside near the play area to provide information on the renovation project and gather community input on play features and amenities.

The play area is located at 1017 Lake Washington Blvd. E.  The meeting with showcase design options.  We will have activities for children and highly encourage their input.  Your ideas, comments and recommendations will assist us with creating a preferred design to renovate your community play area. [Read more…]

City acquires Greenwood property for community park

Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the acquisition of property at 8118 Greenwood Ave. N. for a new park in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood. The deal closed on July 1, 2015.

“As Seattle’s neighborhoods grow, residents must have access to public amenities like parks,” said Mayor Murray. “By adding this property, we’re increasing recreational opportunities for the Greenwood-Phinney community and creating more public space next to the new Greenwood Library for families and children.” [Read more…]

Seattle Parks seeks input on proposed Cedar Park renovations

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the third public meeting for the Cedar Park renovation project.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., at the Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd St., Seattle, WA 98125.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocated funding to renovate Cedar Park in northeast Seattle on land leased from Seattle Public Schools. Recent coordination with Seattle Public School’s redevelopment plan has brought forward different options for this space and for the joint-use playground/park feature at Cedar Park Elementary School.

With the re-opening of Cedar Park Elementary the hours and park improvements will be restricted to non-school hours and days and there will be restrictions on kinetic play elements (swings) and sand play elements. Seattle Parks is looking for input on the accessibility of the space, play area elements and lease options for the future of this Seattle School District property.

Seattle Parks and Seattle Public School staff will be on hand to gather input and to answer questions.

For more information about the project, please visit

If you have questions, contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at karen.o’ or 206-233-7929.


Seattle Greenspace Earns World’s First “Living Park” Certification

McGilvra Place first park to meet Living Building Challenge

In a neighborhood lacking public parks, a traffic median has been re-developed into the world’s first “Living Park,” meeting all the rigorous goals of the Living Building Challenge™.

McGilvra Place, a half-acre pocket park on the edge of Seattle’s Central District, is the first project to meet the Infrastructure and Landscape Typology requirements within the framework of the Living Building Challenge. It now serves as an active neighborhood public space, with outdoor ping pong, benches, and native plants.

“Neighborhood plans have long called for more green space in this area,” said Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation. “And the sustainability features of the park made it much more compelling to the community and really set it apart,” he added.

Point32, the development partner for the Bullitt Center, helped drive the vision for McGilvra Place and initiated conversations with the neighborhood and other partners about redeveloping the space. McGilvra Place is immediately adjacent to the Bullitt Center, which is also pursuing Living Building certification.

The project was undertaken through a public-private collaboration between Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks Foundation and the Bullitt Foundation.

In conjunction with the development of the Bullitt Center, a neighborhood group was formed to submit an application to the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. Due in large part to the innovative sustainability objectives of the project, it was awarded funding in late 2010. The Bullitt Foundation and the Seattle Parks Foundation led a capital campaign to collect the remaining funds needed to transform this triangular urban traffic median into a community park.

The Berger Partnership was landscape architect for the Bullitt Center and led the park design, with Springline Design providing civil engineering services. WS Contractors completed the work. “One aspect that made the project particularly challenging was meeting the materials Red List requirements in a publicly bid environment,” said Berger Partnership Principal, Jonathan Morley. “And to achieve that, it required a concerted team effort amongst all stakeholders,” he added.

Improvements to the McGilvra Place Park site include protecting century-old London plane trees, transforming an adjacent street to a public plaza, replacing turf with native vegetation, installing park furniture made from reclaimed timber, adding a ping pong table to activate the space and improving site accessibility.

The project team created a safe, restorative, pedestrian-friendly public amenity, all while avoiding toxic chemicals, diverting construction waste from landfill and reducing stormwater runoff.

“McGilvra Place Park, like the Bullitt Center that stands beside it, is both inspired and buoyed by the natural splendors of Seattle,” says International Living Future Institute Executive Director Amanda Sturgeon. “With this pocket park project, the many stakeholders set out to salvage precious greenspace and protect century-old London plane trees. In the end, we wound up fostering unprecedented public/private collaboration and creating a Living Park space to nurture community,” she added.


Amanda Sturgeon, 206.223.2028 ext. 24

Brad Kahn, 206.419.1607,


New comfort station to be installed at Fairmount Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation is replacing the comfort station at Fairmount Playfield. Fairmount Playfield is located at 5400 Fauntleroy Way SW, in West Seattle. The new comfort station will meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and provide upgraded amenities.

Seattle Parks will demolish the existing comfort station in late September 2014. Parks is providing two porta-potties during the closure. The new comfort station will be installed and opened in February 2015. Parks will work to minimize construction impacts that may include truck traffic and construction noise.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces levy allocates $200,000 for planning, design and construction. The Oversight Committee recommended levy inflation funding be allocated to much needed major maintenance projects such as this replacement.

For more information about the project please visit or contact Todd Meadows, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at or 386-4388.



Levy provides funding for 5 new Parks properties

In the first half of 2014, Seattle Parks and Recreation has purchased five new properties with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. These new acquisitions add to our City’s greenspaces, expand existing parks and provide new neighborhood parks in areas identified in the 2006 Gap Analysis. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy funds the purchase of neighborhood park sites in densely populated urban villages that are deficient in green space as well as inholdings in our City’s Greenbelts and Natural Areas.

In January 2014, Seattle Parks purchased the former Morningside Substation, located at the NW corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 86th Street in the Wedgewood neighborhood. This .33-acre property was purchased for $1,120,000.

In West Seattle, Parks purchased two properties that will expand existing parks: Dakota Place Park and Morgan Junction Park. The City of Seattle has been working to acquire the .13-acre addition to Dakota Place Park for more than a decade. This property to the north of the recently renovated substation building was acquired for $715,000. The second purchase is a .28-acre site that will expand Morgan Junction Park. Parks acquired this site for $1,887,000; the property will require extensive clean-up due to previous uses.

In the Rainier Beach neighborhood, 5.16 acres in the Kubota Garden Greenspace was purchased for $1,300,000. The greenspace’s woodlands contain a number of large cedars as well as deciduous trees. The wetlands are the headwaters of Mapes Creek.  A large variety of bird species utilize the habitats in this greenspace including waterfowl and raptors such as Cooper’s Hawks. This property had permits to build over 30 residences, which would have had a lasting effect on Kubota Garden and Mapes Creek.

In northeast Seattle, a .39-acre purchase of La Villa Meadows Natural Area on Thornton Creek will consolidate City ownership of a stretch of the South Branch of Thornton Creek. This area is an important habitat for wildlife and a significant riparian woodland.

Seattle voters passed the six-year Parks and Green Spaces Levy in November 2008. The $146 million levy provides funding for new neighborhood park land acquisitions, development projects and allocates $15 million for community initiated Opportunity Fund projects. Since the beginning of the Levy Parks has purchased 21.5 acres of park land and received an additional 50 acres in transfer to Parks from other City departments or donations.

For more information about the acquisition program please visit



Seattle Parks cancels June 26 design meeting for Yesler Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation is cancelling the June 26 meeting for the Yesler Park project and rescheduling it for August 28 at the Yesler Community Center. This is the second in a series of three public design workshops.

At the meeting in August, the community will be asked to review park design options and provide feedback. The new 1.7-acre park is part of the redevelopment at Yesler Terrace. The park will serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of the Yesler, First Hill and other surrounding neighborhoods.

The  Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $3 million for planning, design and construction of the park and the Office of Arts and Culture will allocate a $130,000 art budget from 1% for the Arts program.

The community is encouraged to be part of the process and provide input on the project. Interpreters will be available at the meeting in August for people who speak Somali, Vietnamese, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya and Cantonese. Yesler Community Center is located at 917 E. Yesler Way, Seattle WA 98122.

For each major development or renovation project, Seattle Parks and Recreation typically holds three meetings to ensure community involvement. The third meeting will be held in early October. In addition to the public meetings, Parks does other outreach for this project including attending monthly Vietnamese Tea for seniors and participating in an East African toddler storytelling session. Parks staff also took part in an open house event in the First Hill neighborhood to gather additional input for the park design. The Yesler Community Center has been a critical partner in gathering community input. Current Yesler Terrace residents have called the new park the “heart” of the community.

For more information about the project visit, please visit: If you have questions, please contact project planner, Pam Kliment at or 684-7556.


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Renovated Rainier Beach Play Area opened June 18


There were no long faces at the ribbon cutting for one of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s longest ziplines.


On Wednesday, June 18, Seattle Parks opened a newly renovated play area in Rainier Beach. The renovated play area boasts outdoor adult exercise equipment and new climbing structures in addition to one of Seattle Parks’ longest ziplines.SMP_2832

The project also constructs four new tennis courts, adds new energy efficient lighting and provides ADA access for tennis users. The tennis courts will be completed by the end of June.

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“Seattle Parks and Recreation thanks Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth Initiative Core Team and Community Task force for their tireless efforts in working closely with community on evidence-informed strategies to mitigate victimization and crime in this community,” Seattle Parks Planner Jeron Gates said. “The environmental changes to the play area increases site visibility, improves site accessibility and promotes supervision and guardianship of communal gathering spaces.  The schools within the area, in addition to other community youth and adults, can take advantage of this space by using it as an extension to promote physical well-being through the various play elements.”

For more information, visit