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New Greenwood/Phinney park project update and community review

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents schematic design and acquires demolition permit

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to review the design for the new Greenwood/Phinney park on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.). Please join SPR’s staff and Cascade Design Collaborative designer team from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about the project and provide feedback on the design.

The design elements include natural play elements, an open lawn, a gathering/ plaza space with seating, a loop path, and planted areas. The project also includes low-impact design strategies featuring amended soils, porous concrete, and increased infiltration created by the new open space. Street improvements as well as a raised crosswalk connecting the Greenwood branch library to the park are proposed and will provide better community connections. All of these elements were identified by the community during the design phase of this project. Families, neighbors, and the Phinney/Greenwood community are encouraged to attend this upcoming meeting.

SPR purchased two property sites between N 81st and N 82nd on the east side of Greenwood to develop a park (the mini-mart site purchased in Nov. 2012 and the pub property immediately north, which was purchased in July 2015). The two buildings will be demolished in mid to late March. SPR anticipates demolition to be complete by the end of May 2017.

The Seattle Park District funds the development of the south parcel to provide the Greenwood/Phinney urban area access to open space. Design and public input will be completed for both the north and south parcels to create a seamless design. Current budget estimates allow us to get the loop pathway and plantings into both parcels, however, not all features can be accommodated in this phase.

The Seattle Park District provided the funding to develop 14 SPR-owned sites around Seattle. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

If you need an interpreter or accommodations for this meeting, please contact Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-9286 or

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