Thanks to a grant from The Seattle Foundation, Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to present Hing Hay Park in Seattle’s historic Chinatown, with brand new outdoor furniture. The new furniture includes red tables and chairs with Chinese-inspired table umbrellas.
“The Seattle Foundation has been supportive in bringing positive activities to the park and the Chinatown-International District,” said Adrienne Caver-Hall, the downtown parks recreation program coordinator for Seattle Parks and Recreation.
The purchase of the new outdoor furniture for the park was made possible through a grant that was awarded to Seattle Parks and Recreation by the Seattle Foundation in 2009.
“It is important for the park to become a place for people to gather and to engage the community,” said Ceil Erickson, director of the community grant making program for the Seattle Foundation.
“These new tables and chairs will triple the park’s seating capacity while bringing a splash of color to the streetscape,” said Don Blakeney, the Executive Director of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA)—the neighborhood sponsor of the program. “Local restaurant goers will have a place to enjoy their takeout food outside while listening to our local lunchtime performers in Hing Hay Park.”
The furniture replaces older tables and chairs that were wired together and difficult to maneuver. The new moveable furniture allows for park users to move the chairs and tables around and make their time more enjoyable.
“We learned that part of positive activation in the park is having furniture for people to sit down on and enjoy the park,” Caver-Hall said.
Provided the weather cooperates, the new furniture will be out in the park this Friday, July 1st. For more information on the Chinatown-ID, log onto www.SeattleChonatownID.com. For information on Hing Hay Park, please visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation website at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=358.
The Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), founded in 1994, works to improve and promote Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. In addition to providing sanitation services, the CIDBIA coordinates several of the neighborhood’s major events including the Night Markets, Lunar New Year Celebration and annual Summer Festival. The CIDBIA also advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning, and quality‐of‐life issues.