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Seattle Parks and Recreation needs your help in designing a new park on Capitol Hill

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to an Open House for a new park on Capitol Hill, located at 1125 Harvard Ave E.  Please join us on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. on site.

Thank you to the over 600 people who participated in the kick-off survey for the project. As good listeners and stewards of this future park site, we want to reflect what we’ve heard from the community, provide background on the project, and gather more design input at this Open House.

In 1972, Stimson and Kay Bullitt generously gave the 1.6-acre property to the City of Seattle for a future park. SPR would like to acknowledge that this is a unique opportunity for SPR as an agency and for the community. As we move forward with bringing this site into SPR’s inventory, we recognize that there are key factors in transitioning this site from being a private yard and garden to being under public ownership.  We appreciate your input on the survey and invite you to join us as we launch a full, inclusive public engagement process and conversation about the future park design and intent.

SPR has hired Karen Kiest Landscape Architecture to lead the community engagement, visioning, and design process for the new park. The first phase of this project includes engaging with the community in developing concept level/early design plans for the public park.

Final product of this initial phase will include:

  • Establishing a vision for the park
  • Concept/early schematic design for the park
  • Rough order of magnitude cost estimate for possible inclusion in the next round of the Seattle Park District funding

For more information please visit 1125 Harvard Avenue East – Parks | or if you have additional questions contact Susanne Rockwell at