Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to Open House for Cal Anderson Park Lighting Study

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) encourages the community to attend the Cal Anderson Park Lighting Study Open House on Thursday, December 14, 2017 form 5 to 8 p.m. at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse. This is an opportunity for the community to learn about and provide feedback on potential changes to lighting at Cal Anderson Park. Cal Anderson Shelterhouse is located in Cal Anderson Park at 1635 11th Ave. on Capitol Hill.

Over the past few months, SPR consultants, the Berger Partnership and Dark Light Design, have evaluated and narrowed down options for improving pathway and entryway lighting within the park. Together with our consultants and representatives of Cal Anderson Park Alliance, Capitol Hill Champion, Seattle Police Department, and Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Park, we have been working on a lighting solution that works for the community. SPR staff and the design team will be presenting top choice(s) at the Open House.

The goals of the study include:

  • Evaluate lighting alternatives to improve park visitors’ experience and retrofit existing light fixtures for greater energy-efficiency.
  • Develop specific projects for SPR’s Asset Management Plan with planning-level cost estimates and detailed cost estimates.
  • Maintain the historic Olmsted character of the landmarked park.

For more information on the play area project, please visit  For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations, please contact Oliver Bazinet, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at or 206-386-1959. Thank you to the Capitol Hill Art Walk for their support of this event. For more information on art walk please visit




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Temporary artworks Seasons All Around brightens up Lincoln Reservoir Gate House in Cal Anderson Park

This spring the historic Lincoln Reservoir Gate House at Cal Anderson Park will host Seasons All Around, 14 original temporary artworks created by nine Washington Middle School students. The artworks will grace the windows of the gate house through December 2016 and feature images inspired by the four seasons. On Sunday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to noon the students, teaching artist and City departments will host an opening celebration of the temporary artworks.

The gate house project is a collaboration between the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Out of School Time program at Washington Middle School, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program. Students worked with teaching artist Nate Herth over 15 weeks to design and create 14 original paintings reflecting on the park and the vibrancy of the Seattle. The classes took place at Washington Middle School and the students, representing the many races and ethnicities of Seattle, drew upon their varied prior experience with art, color, and Seattle’s neighborhoods to create this public art installation. The artworks created by the students were photographed and are installed in the gate house windows.

The Lincoln Reservoir in Cal Anderson Park was built after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and put to use in 1901. In 2000 the reservoir was taken out of service and replaced by underground tanks, but the gate house remains. The park reopened in 2005 with four additional acres of useable open space.

This project was funded by Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds

Cal Anderson Park welcomes new ping pong table

New ping pong table in Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

Cal Anderson Park has been referred to as the Central Park of Capitol Hill. It’s equipped with athletic fields, play equipment, a giant fountain and wide open lawns for picnics. This summer, a new amenity has been added to the list.

On Wednesday, June 3, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance (CAPA) installed a ping pong table on the cement space behind the baseball diamond near the shelterhouse. The community group raised $1,500 for the new piece of equipment. The table is the same style as the one found in Westlake Park and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. CAPA will provide paddles and balls, or patrons can bring their own.

New ping pong table in Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

The ping pong table installation is part of a larger effort to provide a vibrant, more welcoming atmosphere in downtown parks throughout the summer. When park users are actively involved in positive activities in a park, negative and illegal activities seem to decrease.

“The Cal Anderson Park Alliance was thrilled to be able to work with the Seattle Parks Department to bring a ping pong table to Cal Anderson Park,” Rachael Brister, CAPA board member said.  “This is one step in our work to activate the park with fun activities for people of all ages. We look forward to many hours of ping pong playing by park visitors.”

Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

Seattle Parks has many other activities planned in its downtown parks this summer in partnership with CAPA and other community organizations. For a full schedule of summer activities, go here.

Seattle Parks to host community ice cream social in Cal Anderson Park on Sept. 27

Do you love Cal Anderson Park? Have you wondered how you can help maintain the park or support events like the Independence Day Community Picnic or Hilloween?

Stop by the Volunteer Ice Cream Social from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 to find out how you can become a Seattle Parks and Recreation volunteer. The event will take place in the Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse.

If you cannot make it to the event but would still like to volunteer, please visit and click on “Online Green Space Application.” Under “Assignment Preference” choose the Cal Anderson Park option or type Cal Anderson Park in the box provided.

The Volunteer Ice Cream Social Event is free to the community. Cal Anderson Park is located at 1635 11th Ave. in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.