The grand re-opening celebration for the International Children’s Park is Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 700 S Lane Street. A successful community driven project, the new park is inviting with open site lines, gathering spaces, beautiful landscaping and a new play area that offers varied play opportunities and equipment including drums.
The community is encourage to attend and enjoy performances by the International School of Martial Arts lion dancers and the Morning Star Korean Cultural Center youth performance group.
Landscape architect Karen Kiest worked with the community to re-envision the park and create a beautiful functional design. Artist Stuart Nakamura designed three new pieces of art for the park and the bronze dragon sculpture created by artist Gerard Tsutakawa was refurbished.
The community initiated project received design funding from the Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund and moved forward into construction with funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, Historic South Downtown, King County Youth Sports Facility Grant, D.V.and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust and various donations from generous community members. Major sponsors included Cathay Bank, T. Yorozu Gardening Co., Inc, and Domingo Viernes Apartments
Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by a 59% vote in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provides improvements to neighborhood play areas and development funding for projects such as improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities.
For more information on the project please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/idc/childrens_park.htm or http://friendsoficp.wordpress.com/. For more information on Levy funded projects in your neighborhood please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/levy/default.htm