Seattle Parks and Recreation Seeks Names for Three New Parks
January 27, 2020
March 27 deadline
for submitting names
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR)
invites the public to submit potential names for parks in the Lake City and
Chinatown-International District neighborhoods. Suggestions for names are
due to the Park Naming Committee by Friday, March 27, 2020.
We are seeking names for the following
parks, characterized here by their working names:
Lake City Landbank Site: SPR
purchased property located at 12510 33rd Ave. NE in 2010 with funding from
the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy to provide additional open space for
the Lake City community. SPR demolished the building on the property
and worked with the community on the design for the park. The new
park will offer a multi-generational appeal with a wide range of
activities and green space in this urban neighborhood. The park will
include a half-basketball court, climbing structures, ADA pathway, picnic
areas, open lawn, and bike racks. The park will include public art
sculptural work by artist Elizabeth Gahan funded by the 1% For The
Arts program. Construction is anticipated to start in March 2020 and we
anticipate the park will be open by late summer.
Street End: This tiny beach is accessible by foot or by bike and is most
easily reached by the Burke-Gilman Trail. The site had been a public small
street-end beach property used by the community as a public park and an
access point to Lake Washington since the early 1900’s. In 2013, it
became clear that the land was not, in fact, publicly owned. Neighboring
community members rallied the City to help restore public access to this
waterfront property. In 2015, the City Council authorized the acquisition. The
City initiated a condemnation process in 2016, and a settlement was
reached. SPR finalized the purchase of this property in May 2019. The
little park totals 13,736 sq. ft, mostly water, with a small shoreline
area of 3,653 sq. ft.
Saigon: SPR purchased this .27-acre site in 2013 to provide the
community access to open space within this high density urban area. This
park site is located between Jackson and King streets adjacent to the Little
Saigon street car stop. SPR has been working diligently throughout the
park design process with the community and with the Little Saigon Park
Committee comprised of local business owners and community members,
SCIDPA, and Friends of Little Saigon. Through this work, the community has
identified key elements within the park which include a plaza overlook, a
multi-functional accessible ramp at the Jackson entrance, a play area, a
program and event lawn at the King St. side, and amphitheater seating stairs
with an event plaza. Plantings will have bold textures and bright color to
reflect pan-Asian design.
About the Parks Naming Committee and
how to submit suggestions
The Parks Naming Committee is
comprised of one representative designated by the Board of Park Commissioners;
one by the Chair of the City Council Civic Development, Public Assets and
Native Communities Committee; and one by the Parks Superintendent. Criteria the
committee considers in naming parks include: geographical location, historical or
cultural significance, and natural or geological features. The Park Naming
Policy, clarifying the criteria applied when naming a park, can be found at: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/policies-and-plans/planning-and-policy-document-library
The Parks Naming Committee will
consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Seattle Parks and
Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, who will make the final decision.
Please submit suggestions for park
names in writing by Friday, March 27, 2020 and include an explanation of how
your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send to Seattle Parks and
Recreation, Parks Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by
e-mail to [email protected].
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