Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to stop in and explore the new park at the top of Dexter Avenue at 2401 6th Avenue N. This Pro Parks Levy funded project developed a 1.3-acre piece of public owned property into a neighborhood park with an artistic element.
The park will be opened for public access on Friday, October 29, 2010 and construction fencing will be completely removed by Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Parks is planning a public celebration for the new park to be held in the spring 2011.
The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs identified this project in the Pro Parks Art Plan, which focuses on the creation of artworks that weave together art, nature and experience. Parks selected SiteWorkshop Landscape Architects to design the site and collaborate with an artist to create a unified design which would support the artist’s work while addressing environmental issues.
In June 2008, Parks and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs commissioned artist Adam Kuby to create an installation for the park. Kuby’s “Quarry Rings,” five raised gabion rings, create bird and bat nesting habitat in the park while reflecting the history of the site, which operated as a gravel pit in the early 1900s.
In December 2007, the park, formerly Dexter Pit Park, was re-named Thomas C. Wales Park. The Queen Anne Community Council made the proposal to name the park in honor the late Assistant U.S. Attorney who lived on Queen Anne and was an active community member. The Pro Parks Levy provided $745,185 for Thomas C. Wales Park development.
Approved by Seattle voters in 2000, the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy funded more than 100 projects throughout the city over eight years. Projects include improvements to athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and community centers and parks. Funding also increases green spaces, supports Zoo programs and enhances park maintenance.
For more information, please contact Parks Project Manager Patrick Donohue at (206) 684-9286 or Patrick.Donohue@seattle.gov or visit http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/proparks/projects/wales.htm
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