Hing Hay Park Expansion opens

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is happy to announce the Hing Hay Park Expansion opened today, Thursday, June 29. The community is encouraged to visit and enjoy the new park space located at 423 Maynard Ave. S at the corner of 6th Ave. S and S King St., in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. Hing Hay Park means “Park for Pleasurable Gatherings.” The park has doubled in size and serves as an important community gathering place for the neighborhood.

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 include ping pong tables, seating, exercise machines and shade trees. Additional features include planted terraces, lighting, necessary utilities and sidewalk improvements with ADA accessibility through the park. The design of the park is the result of a series of community outreach meetings, input from local organizations and Friends of Hing Hay 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. 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.

The design includes an iconic artistic gateway structure on the southwest corner. This structure will be installed in late summer. The gateway is being fabricated off site and the artist will install it in July through August.  During installation, this section of the park will need to be fenced for public safety. After the gateway is complete, Mayor Murray, SPR and the Chinatown International District community will hold a celebration to officially open the park expansion.

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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Hing Hay Park Expansion opens

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is happy to announce the Hing Hay Park Expansion opened today, Thursday, June 29. The community is encouraged to visit and enjoy the new park space located at 423 Maynard Ave. S at the corner of 6th Ave. S and S King St., in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. Hing Hay Park means “Park for Pleasurable Gatherings.” The park has doubled in size and serves as an important community gathering place for the neighborhood.

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 include ping pong tables, seating, exercise machines and shade trees. Additional features include planted terraces, lighting, necessary utilities and sidewalk improvements with ADA accessibility through the park. The design of the park is the result of a series of community outreach meetings, input from local organizations and Friends of Hing Hay 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. 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.

The design includes an iconic artistic gateway structure on the southwest corner. This structure will be installed in late summer. The gateway is being fabricated off site and the artist will install it in July through August.  During installation, this section of the park will need to be fenced for public safety. After the gateway is complete, Mayor Murray, SPR and the Chinatown International District community will hold a celebration to officially open the park expansion.

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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Seattle Parks and Recreation makes recommendation on Cove Park expansion

After considering public comments, input from a public meeting, and City policy, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has recommended that King County Wastewater Treatment Division move forward with the street vacation request which would involve the transferring of the King County owned property located at 8923 Fauntleroy Way SW to the City of Seattle. Having made this recommendation, the next step in the process involves King County Wastewater Treatment Division applying for a street vacation. This is one of many steps in the process prior to the Seattle City Council making a final decision on the street vacation and taking ownership of the property.

In 2015, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division finished an upgrade to the Barton Pump Station by the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal to accommodate West Seattle’s growing population. To build the new pump station, King County acquired the property just to the north of SW Barton Street for use during construction. Once the project was finished, King County began the process to surplus the property. With the City expressing an interest in the property this raised the possibility of trading the Fauntleroy Way SW property to the City for a partial vacation of SW Barton St. (under the county’s pump station) which the County is interested in obtaining.

This potential trade is not solely an SPR issue, but rather a City issue that needs the input of multiple departments for an adequate review. The comprehensive City review required by a street vacation application will help provide the information necessary to fully inform the public, address unanswered questions, and lead to an informed decision by City Council.

The street vacation process will be run by Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and will include plenty of opportunities for further public input and dialogue.

For more information on this proposal, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/cove_park/addition.htm or contact Chip Nevins, SPR, at chip.nevins@seattle.gov or 206-233-3879.