Seattle’s first Street Scrabble tournament to be held on August 12

Will be played at University, Union and Boylston intersection on First Hill

Triple word score for First Hill! Seattle’s first Street Scrabble Tournament will be held in the First Hill neighborhood on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 4-7 p.m. Scrabble enthusiasts will play using a handcrafted, life-sized board at the intersection of University Street, East Union Street and Boylston Avenue, which will be closed for the event.

Sixteen participants will be chosen by lottery to play in the speed Scrabble tournament. Each round will last 20 minutes and a referee will be onsite to ensure the rules of the game are respected. To sign up for the player lottery, please e-mail

This event will help promote the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan – a collaborative effort led by the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning & Development, Seattle Parks and Recreation and supported by the First Hill Improvement Association. The action plan seeks to develop a new public space network on First Hill.

This particular intersection has been identified as a potential park space and gateway for a new neighborhood greenway on University Street. More information about the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan will be available at the event, including interim design concepts for this intersection. To learn more about the action plan, please visit