Community invited to contribute ideas and help shape the neighborhood park at Yesler Terrace

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Yesler Community Center.  This is an opportunity for the community to review basic park diagrams and participate in a discussion on park design for the new 1.7-acre park.  The new park is part of the redevelopment at Yesler Terrace.

The intent of the park is to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of the Yesler, First Hill and other surrounding neighborhoods.  The park design will be influenced by the outreach work done by the Seattle Housing Authority.

In 2008 neighbors expressed a desire for walking paths, open lawn, space for traditional cultural activities and sports, basketball and a covered space.  Parks recently attended a monthly Vietnamese Tea for seniors, an East African toddler storytelling session and an open house event in the First Hill neighborhood to gather additional input for the park design. The Yesler Community Center has been a critical partner in gathering community input. Current Yesler Terrace residents have called the new park the “heart” of the community.

The  Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $3 million for planning design and construction of the park and the Office of Arts and Culture will provide an $80,000 art budget  from 1% for the Arts program.

For each major development or renovation project, Seattle Parks and Recreation typically holds three meetings to ensure community involvement.  A second meeting will be held on June 26 and the third and final meeting on August 28, 2014.

The community is encouraged to be part of the process and provide input on the project.  Interpreters will be available for people who speak Somali, Vietnamese, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya and Cantonese.  Yesler Community Center is located at 917 E. Yesler Way, Seattle WA 98122.

For more information about the project visit, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/yesler_terrace_park/

If you have questions, please contact project planner, Pam Kliment, at pamela.kliment@seattle.gov or 684-7556.