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  or contact Kim Baldwin, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at




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Seattle Parks and Recreation opens renovated play area at Victory Heights Playground

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) is happy to announce that the play area at Victory Heights Playground, 1737 NE 106th St., 98125, is open. The community is hosting a ribbon cutting celebration on Sat., February 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the park and encourages all to attend.

The park improvement provides a renovated accessible playground and features new play area equipment for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12 complete with new slides, net climbing elements, swings, musical instruments, a merry-go-round, and a deluxe coupe car climbing element as requested by the public. The improved picnic area creates an inviting community space with additional picnic tables and seating. The project also reconfigured the basketball court and now offers a separate sand play area.

The renovation project includes a loop path around the perimeter of the park and a repaved basketball court. This work will occur in spring 2018.

For more information about the project please visit or contact the project manager, Katie Bang at or 206-684-9286.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on the design of the new parcel and expansion for Greenwood Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to an Open House on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to provide input on the design of the new parcel at Greenwood Park. The Open House is at the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave N. 98103. Neighbors of all ages are encouraged to attend and review design elements and provide input on park elements for the new site. Light refreshments and a Valentine’s Day craft project will be available.

SPR purchased this .1-acre site at 8805 Fremont Ave N. in 2013 to provide more open space for the growing neighborhood and expand the existing Greenwood Park. The property is surrounded by Greenwood Park. The acquisition of the property was identified in the Greenwood neighborhood plan and the 2009 Greenwood Park Master Plan.

The design of the new parcel will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide access to open space within this high density urban village.

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District.  Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding that supports Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 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 or for meeting notification translations please visit

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0063 or

Thank you to the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club for their partnership.



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2018 Major Projects Challenge Fund provides funding for community-initiated projects

Applications due March 2018

Does your community group have a proposal on how to renovate, expand, or upgrade a Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) facility or park? The Major Projects Challenge Fund (MPCF), which is a Seattle Park District funding initiative, will provide a funding match to a community-initiated “major project” that is not otherwise covered by an identified SPR funding source. The MPCF will provide up to $1.6 million per year as a match to a significant improvement or expansion at an existing SPR park or facility.

To apply for the funding match, any community group may submit a four-page proposal letter that outlines their project and funding needs. Application letters are due on March 30, 2018. SPR encourages community groups that have a project and matching dollars to apply for funding from the 2018 MPCF. The application process will prioritize community-initiated projects that have a “parks and recreation” mission, encourage public access, leverage non-City funds, and are on SPR property and/or an SPR-owned facility. Click here to view complete 2018 funding criteria.

The City is often asked to provide financial support to capital development or improvement projects that focus on parks and recreation, for which there is little or no City finding available, and interested communities don’t have enough funding to cover the total cost of the project. This MPCF will provide City funding to leverage community-generated funding for projects that expand the life and usability of a park or facility by providing opportunities for more people to use the facility.

The first round of the community-initiated projects, announced in December 2016, provided small awards for feasibility and preliminary design work to help define the scope of potential future projects and awards to two construction projects, Kubota Garden Ornamental Walls and Gates, and Amy Yee Tennis Center Improvements. The MPCF awards were based on screening criteria that included an equitable prioritization scoring matrix, and came recommended from the Seattle Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Superintendent.

As with the last round of the MPCF, a portion of the funding will be allocated to assist diverse communities and organizations that lack resources for a match. Groups that are unable to identify any match should contact David Graves at or 206-684-7048. Mr. Graves can assist groups with the funding process and help identify funding source(s) for submitting the application.

For more information and a list of projects that received funding in 2016 visit

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Seattle Park District provides funding for Off-Leash Area Improvements

Next two projects require closure of Genesee Park and Woodland Park Off-Leash Areas

The Seattle Park District’s Maintaining Parks and Facilities funding initiative provides funding to improve Dog Off-Leash Areas (OLAs) throughout Seattle. This initiative provides $100,000
annually until 2020 and will improve existing off-leash areas through increased maintenance while providing updates to aging infrastructure.  In 2016, we completed a capital plan for all OLAs, People, Dogs and Parks Plan.  This plan provides a scope and prioritization of projects. The first project completed under the plan was a new fence around the 8.6-acre Magnuson Park OLA.

The next two projects include improvements for Genesee Park and Woodland Park OLAs.  At Genesee Park we are building a new small- and shy-dog area. Construction will begin February 5 and last for one week. During construction the OLA will be closed. The Woodland Park improvement will also install a small- and shy-dog area to replace the fence around the wooded area inside the OLA.  This work will start the week of February 12 and require closure of the OLA during construction. We anticipate construction will last approximately two weeks.

For more information about the project please visit

To find other OLAs managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation please visit

For more information please contact Shannon Glass at or 206-733-9313.

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