Community invited to celebrate the new Yesler Terrace Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Housing Authority invite the community to celebrate the new Yesler Terrace Park on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This new park provides a much-needed outdoor community gathering place and is located at 835 Yesler Way, immediately adjacent to Yesler Community Center. At noon there will be an official dedication ceremony. Over the entire celebration Yesler Terrace Park will be filled with music, art, and food trucks. The Seattle Sounders’ RAVE Foundation will sponsor activities at the soccer field, and the Seattle University men’s basketball team will be hosting activities at the basketball court. Community-driven activities will continue until 7 p.m. with a neighborhood movie night at 8 p.m.

With sweeping views to downtown, Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier, Yesler Terrace Park is the new heart of the Yesler neighborhood. The park offers something for everyone in its two-acre footprint. An expansive plaza can accommodate community events, while providing a variety of smaller-scale spaces for gathering and play.

Taking advantage of the site’s topography, the playground below the plaza includes play structures that straddle the grade change and a slope for climbing up and sliding down. Sports amenities include a soccer field that was developed in partnership with the RAVE Foundation and a basketball court.

“We are so happy to be opening this new park that truly reflects our values of healthy people, healthy environment and strong communities. The design team collaborated closely with this diverse neighborhood and held many listening sessions to create a community-inspired park,” said Christopher Williams, Seattle Parks and Recreation Interim Superintendent. “We listened and heard that the community wanted small and large gathering areas plus active recreation spaces. Yesler Terrace Park delivers all this. This park is a great collaboration with the community and the Seattle Housing Authority.”

“Opening the new Yesler Terrace Park represents a major milestone in the redevelopment of Yesler into a model new mixed-income community with a significant increase in affordable and other housing for Seattle,” said Andrew Lofton, Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority. “The park will inspire and enable healthy living, and will provide an important civic gathering place for residents, neighbors from the surrounding areas and visitors from within and outside of Seattle to connect with each other. It is truly a jewel for the city.”

In addition, the multi-layered stone sculptures in the park by artist Christine Bourdette are inspired by the rich diversity of communities and cultural experience in the neighborhood. Towers of Burble, the spraypark sculptures in the central water feature, and Conversation Clusters the sculptural seating areas throughout the park, derive from the shapes of vessels, baskets, and stools from the cultural traditions of those who have migrated to this neighborhood. The artwork is funded by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 1% for Arts Funds and administered by the Office of Arts and Culture.

The new park is the result of a successful partnership with Seattle Housing Authority and public-private donations that include Seattle Parks Foundation, RAVE Foundation (the official charitable arm of the Seattle Sounders), Wyncote Foundation Northwest, Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation, The Community Parks Fund, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, and the Office of Arts and Culture. Local landscape architecture firm, Site Workshop, designed the project, and Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to Wyser Construction.

For more information about the project and event please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/yesler-terrace-park or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.

 

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Community invited to learn about future of Green Lake Small Craft Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to learn about the design process for potential future improvements to the Green Lake Small Craft Center on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please join us at Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N to meet the design team (Schacht | Aslani Architects), learn about the site opportunities and constrains, and offer input on what a new small craft center might look like at Green Lake.

Schacht | Aslani Architects completed a study of the existing building and programming needs in 2017 with funding from the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund. They will present this background work as the basis for moving forward. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund Program is funding the current planning project through the first phase of design. The Rowing Advisory Council is actively seeking additional funding from the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund, State grants, and private fundraising for the subsequent design phases and construction.

The Major Projects Challenge Fund is a Seattle Park District funding initiative that provides a funding match to a community-initiated “major project” that is not otherwise covered by an identified SPR funding source. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to Seattle Parks and Recreation for maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

For more information please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/green-lake-small-craft-center-redevelopment.

For additional question about the project or special meeting accommodations please contact David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048.

 

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Community invited to participate in Open Houses for the Kubota Garden Master Plan Update

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the Kubota Garden Foundation invite the community to participate in Open Houses for the Kubota Garden Master Plan Update on Sunday, June 17 or Saturday, June 23. Both Open Houses will be held at the garden, 9817 55th Ave. S from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is encouraged to drop in and meet the design team (Jones & Jones Architects/Landscape Architects and Hoshide Wanzer Architects), learn about the site’s opportunities and constraints, and offer thoughts on what is important at Kubota Garden. The design team will use this information as they develop ideas for the garden that will be presented to the public in early fall.

There have been many changes to Kubota Garden since its master plan was put into place almost 30 years ago. This Master Plan Update will guide garden programs and maintenance for the next 20 to 30 years. The update will help preserve the garden and its passive recreation use, while defining future improvements such as buildings, parking, pathways and security. The Master Plan Update will also include assessments for the garden’s existing creek, as well as vegetation and wildlife, along with recommendations for their protection.

The Kubota Garden Foundation received a funding match from the Seattle Park District’s Major Projects Challenge Fund for planning process and plan update. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to Seattle Parks and Recreation for maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

For more information please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/kubota-garden-improvements or for special meeting accommodations please contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.

For more information about Kubota Garden and the Kubota Garden Foundation please visit: http://www.kubotagarden.org/.

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Community invited to Hing Hay Park Celebration

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to join in the celebration for the expansion of Hing Hay Park on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will begin with a lion dance from Northwest Kung Fu & Fitness followed by the official ribbon cutting and a performance by the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team. The afternoon will be filled with fun activities including face-painting, park games and light refreshments. Hing Hay Park is located in the heart of the Chinatown International District at 423 Maynard Ave. S at the corner of 6th Ave. S and S King St.

This project doubled the size of the original Hing Hay Park. Hing Hay literally means “pleasurable gatherings” and the park serves as an important community gathering place for the neighborhood. The park opened in June 2017 and in February 2018 Studio Fifty Fifty installed the final design element of the expansion project, the iconic artistic gateway. It is a geometric red metal arch that welcomes the community into the park and defines the entry. The abstract perforations in the gateway represent leaf patters, an inclusive pattern representing all cultures in the Seattle Chinatown-International District. It is made of similar red metal used in the seating and stairs at the park.

The new park design includes a cultural performance space, with custom integrated seating that punctuates the terraces and provides micro-stages, activity areas for all community members to enjoy, including ping pong tables, seating, exercise machines, a badminton area, and shade trees. Other features include planted terraces, lighting, necessary utilities and sidewalk improvements with ADA accessibility through the park.

The team of MIG|SvR, a local design firm, plus Turenscape, a Beijing-based firm, created the park design that reflects the many cultures of the neighborhood and seamlessly embraces the old with the new. InterIm CDA and SCIDpda provided outreach support and together we hosted a series of community outreach meetings, and gathered input from local organizations and Friends of Hing Hay Park.

SPR purchased the International District Station Post Office site with funding from the Pro-Parks Levy to expand the original park. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided the development funding and brought the community vision alive.

SPR and our partners in the event, SCIDpda, InterIm CDA, Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area, and the Friends of Hing Hay Park encourage the community to visit the park and join in the celebration

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/hing-hay-park  or contact Kim Baldwin, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at kim.baldwin@seattle.gov.

 

 

 

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Community invited to South Park Community Center to review sitewide plan and enjoy free movie night

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to review the South Park Community Center Sitewide Plan and a screening of Disney’s Coco on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at South Park Community Center’s gym at 8319 8th Ave. S., 98108. The community is encouraged to attend.

The Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge fund provided $50,000 for a South Park Community Center playfield and play area sitewide plan. SPR hired Broadview Planning in 2017 to lead the planning and design with an emphasis on providing strategies for mitigating negative health impacts resulting from the site’s proximity to a major transportation corridor, incorporating the principles of crime prevention through environmental design and approaching this project with cultural competency with a focus on engaging underrepresented communities.

The South Park Vision Plan provided a starting point for the design. Broadview planning incorporated feedback from the community and prepared the final concept design for the site that will be presented at this event. The design includes the renovation of the playfield, re-locating the play area with potential for a future spraypark, fitness zone and dog off-leash area.

This plan was developed with funding from the first round of the Major Projects Challenge Fund community-initiated projects, announced in December 2016, that provided small awards for feasibility and preliminary design work to help define the scope of potential future projects and awards to two construction projects. The MPCF awards were based on screening criteria that included an equitable prioritization scoring matrix, and came recommended by the Seattle Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Superintendent. For more information and a list of projects that received funding in 2016 visit

http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-park-district/projects/building-for-the-future.

For more information about this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/south-park-community-center-play-area-renovation or contact Karimah Edwards at Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063.

 

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