Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods highlight new investments in South Park neighborhood

At a roundtable with community leaders, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan highlighted several new investments in South Park. The investments include expanded youth programming, extensive facility renovations, as well as physical and safety improvements. More than $3.2 million will be spent for projects that have already started and will continue over the next two years.

“I have heard the concerns of the South Park community, particularly around public safety and economic opportunities for young people in the community, and I have immediately begun to take action on these issues,” said Mayor Durkan. “I am back in South Park today to highlight our investments so far and to hear more from community leaders on ways to further improve our engagement and impact, for a more vibrant, inclusive, and safe South Park.”

“I thank Mayor Durkan for her responsiveness to the South Park community,” said Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park). “Extending Late Night programming at the South Park Community Center to Saturday nights during this summer is a high priority for the South Park community, and a high priority for me.”

An outline of new and ongoing projects in the South Park neighborhood are as follows:

Extending Late Night Programming at South Park Community Center: Late Night programming for youth aims to provide at-risk young people a safe place, a healthy meal, and the opportunity to develop life skills. To expand access and increase opportunities for youth in diverse neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will extend Late Night at South Park Community Center to include Saturday nights, on a pilot basis. The pilot has a budget of $21,800 and will run for 17 weeks from June 2 through September 29. South Park Community Center currently offers Friday Late Night programming for youth, and the program’s attendance has more than doubled in recent years – from serving an average of 28 youth each week in 2014 to an average of 63 in 2017. Late Night hours will be 7 p.m. to midnight on both nights. This project is a recommendation of the South Park Public Safety Task Force.

South Park Community Center Facility Renovation: Community centers are the backbone of the SPR system. In addition to enabling health, recreation and fitness, they serve as anchors for many of our neighborhoods and support a healthy environment and strong communities. As part of SPR’s 2016 Community Center Strategic Plan, eight community centers were identified as in need of major maintenance work, including South Park Community Center. SPR will be investing $1,445,000 from the Seattle Park District for a major maintenance project at South Park Community Center focused on extending the life of the facility and increasing programming potential. The final scope of the project is expected to be refined throughout the design process based on more information about costs and needs. Internal improvements could include ventilation upgrades, lobby space remodel, kitchen improvements, ADA Accessibility improvements, restroom remodel, flooring replacement in multi-purpose room, and curtain installation in gym. Exterior improvements could include exterior repair and painting, roof repair, exterior lighting improvements, and building security improvements. Planning for this project took place during Spring to Winter 2017; design phase is scheduled for Winter 2017 to Spring 2019, and construction is estimated to take place between Summer 2019 and Spring 2020. For more information, visit:

Community Selected Investments: The South Park Public Safety Task Force secured $500,000 in funds for street and sidewalk improvements such as new pedestrian lights, trail lights, stairway lighting, and sidewalk widening. To engage the community in prioritizing these projects, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) created an online survey in Spanish, Vietnamese, and English, attended 22 community events and meetings, and connected with more than 800 community members. Of the nearly 300 votes from community members, the clear winner is to provide lighting along the 8th Avenue Trail. This project will tie in with the Pavement to Parks project and other investments to activate the pathway across Hwy. 99 and connect the east side of South Park to the west side. Other projects will be announced soon.

Street and Sidewalk Improvements: In 2017, the South Park Safety Task Force released a list of recommendations that included ways to make the neighborhood safer for pedestrians. Based on their suggestions, the City of Seattle has committed to $420,600 in funding for several projects in 2018, including new alley lighting, crosswalk and signal improvements, a new radar speed signal, LED lighting upgrades, street curb improvements, and upgrades to the 8th Avenue Trail.

South Park Play Area Renovation: Based on extensive community outreach and guided by the South Park Community Center Site Wide Plan, SPR will be investing $800,000 in funding from the Seattle Park District to renovate South Park Community Center’s play area. This project will include the relocation of the play area and will incorporate elements and access for children of all ages and abilities. Planning is scheduled to resume on this project in Fall 2018. For more information, please visit

Youth Internships at South Park Community Center: SPR offers a wide range of youth internships at South Park Community Center to provide youth with personal growth opportunities, increase their involvement with the community, teach basic employment skills, and more. SPR will invest $17,000 in youth stipends to support approximately 28 youth internship opportunities at South Park Community Center, including opportunities with South Park Community Center’s Garden Squad, Late Night Chefs program, Summer of Safety program, and a Futsal program. In collaboration with the Seattle Human Services Department’s Seattle Youth Employment Program, 10 South Park youth will earn up to $22,500 in wages as part of the Community Center’s Farm Squad.

Summer of Service (SOS) Employment Training Program: SOS is an employment training program for middle school youth. Participants involved in this intensive summer program will learn about issues affecting their communities and then design their own project to take action. Previous projects have included waste reduction and composting, organizing and implementing community events, and habitat and trail restoration. Upon completing SOS, participants receive a $150 stipend. In 2018, SPR’s SOS program expects to serve 40 youth, 20 of whom will work in collaboration with the Southwest Teen Life Center, Camp Long, and an external partner at New Holly.

Pavement to Parks: DON and Seattle Department of Transportation are creating a new community-driven public space at 8th and Cloverdale using $70,000 in funding for temporary and adaptable treatments to reallocate underused street space for pedestrian-oriented uses.

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Mayor Murray announces $250,000 for Duwamish River neighborhood projects

Mayor Murray announced $250,000 for the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund has been awarded to seven community projects serving neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. This fund provides support to projects that increase the sustainability of the Duwamish River neighborhoods impacted by the Superfund clean-up. The projects will be implemented this year and will continue into 2018.

The 2017 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards

  • $43,324 to South Park Information and Resource Center to use community organizing strategies to improve the connection between renters and home owners to existing resources. It will focus on outreach to low-income communities and communities of color.
  • $10,220 to Georgetown Open Space Committee to increase capacity and improve work identified in the Next Steps Report. The mission is to preserve and improve neighborhood parks and open space amenities. This will provide seed funding and a starting point for community members to turn the Vision Framework into action.
  • $82,759 to Concord Elementary School to improve the outdoor space and make the entry more communal. The objective is to create an enhanced and open space that will promote gathering.
  • $35,124 to South Park Senior Center for improvements to the South Park Neighborhood Center to include new equipment and cosmetic enhancements. This will benefit several non-profit groups who regularly use the center. Once improvements are made, an open house celebration and five community conversations will occur.
  • $30,000 to Bricktree LLC to train youth from the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps on strategies for creating green walls in or around homes. The youth will then hold two community workshops to teach neighbors how to build, maintain, and plant their own indoor and outdoor green walls.
  • $25,000 to Duwamish Rowing Club to recruit and teach youth living in the Duwamish River valley the sport of rowing. The youth will then race in two rowing regattas in the spring of 2018.
  • $23,573 to Georgetown Urban Farm & Forest (GUFF) to educate and train Duwamish Valley youth in its program of increasing fresh food accessibility in the community.

To learn more about the fund, visit For questions, call 206-256-5947 or email



About the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund

The City of Seattle is working to make the Superfund cleanup of the Duwamish River result in the optimum outcome for the river and its adjacent neighborhoods. In addition to its commitment to the clean-up efforts, the City recognizes that the communities along the Duwamish have many needs. To address some of these, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund was created in 2014 to enhance existing programs and support new ones. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages the fund.

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Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to provide $250,000 for community-initiated projects

Seeking proposals to support Duwamish River neighborhoods

For many years, the neighborhoods along the Duwamish River have been impacted by the Superfund clean-up that has been occurring in and along the river.  For that reason, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again seeking proposals to help fund community-based projects that increase the sustainability of neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. Proposals to the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund should address such topics as job training, economic development, access to healthy food, affordable housing strategies, or major community development activities that will have long-term, sustainable impacts. The total amount of funding is $250,000.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop before applying. These workshops will review the application process and discuss the requirements for a good proposal. The workshops will be held:

Thursday, May 11: 5 – 7pm at South Seattle College, Georgetown Campus (6737 Corson Avenue S); Room C110/111.

Tuesday, May 16: 5 – 7pm at South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave S); Multi-Purpose Room.

The fund has two changes that will improve the financial process for grantees:

  • Awardees can request advance start-up funds up to 10% of approved budget or $5,000, whichever is lesser.
  • Projects can incur approved expenses starting from project start date rather than from the contract date.

To view the Request for Proposals and Application, visit our website. For questions, call 206-256-5947 or email

The deadline to apply is Monday, June 12 by 5 p.m.


Call for Grant Reviewers
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is also recruiting community members to serve as grant reviewers of DROF applications to select those projects that are impactful and improve the quality of life for communities living within the Duwamish River Valley. Grant reviewers should live, work, or receive services in the Duwamish River Valley area and have a clear understanding of community needs and resources. They will be compensated for their time. Visit our webpage to review the Frequently Asked Questions document and the DROF Grant Reviewer Application.

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South Park Lands New Artwork


SEATTLE, (September 16, 2016) —Allure, a 22 foot filigree anglerfish has landed at south east corner of 14th Ave S and S Dallas St, just south of the South Park Bridge. Commissioned by King County in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Office of Economic Development, Allure was created as a gateway to the neighborhood by artists Diane Hansen and Jennifer Weddermann.

Inspired by the intricacy and quiet elegance of South Park, Allure, beckons the community and its visitors to linger and investigate the layers that comprise the neighborhood. Allure was inspired by multiple conversations with the vibrant community of South Park, who describe their neighborhood as a “small town within a big city.” The sculpture resembles an anglerfish and greets commuters and passers-by as they enter the business district. The depiction of the anglerfish embodies the community’s resourceful spirit, in its references to a variety of cultures and layers of history: from the farming culture that started this neighborhood and is now embodied in Marra Farms, to the current industries that continue to employ many of the population here, to those who still fish in the river.

The artwork is near neighborhood favorites, Muy Macho, Jalisco, and Mi Fondita del Itsmo. Napoli Pizzeria and Loretta’s Tavern are just a block away.

Allure is fabricated from ornamental iron and sheet metal laser cut with integrated motifs including many designed by South Park community members, symbolic of the rich history and cultural diversity of the area. The open iron filigree is covered with a brilliant metallic gold glaze.

Featuring a working lantern fabricated from reclaimed lighting from the old South Park Bridge, Allure stands as a beacon for South Park, beckoning visitors to come and enjoy the business district’s offerings. The lantern is illuminated with an integrated commercial solar floodlight, which creates a friendly and safe environment per Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) guidelines.

Photo by Hansen Weddermann.



Celebrate the conclusion of Horatio Law’s South Park Crisálida

Come celebrate the conclusion of Horatio Law’s South Park Crisálida project at Summer Splash at Marra-Desimone Park on Sunday, August 14. Co-sponsored with South Park Arts, Summer Splash recognizes and honors South Park residents who participated in the creation of Community Yarns that cover the South Park Crisálida artwork. The celebration includes hands-on art activities featuring South Park artists Elise Consek and Tristen Warner, and a presentation on Urban Hydrology by Karina Adams and Therese Graf.

South Park Summer Splash
Sunday, August 14, 11a.m. – 3p.m.
Marra-Desimone Park (park entrance on Director St between 5th Ave S and 7th Ave S)

South Park Crisálida was created to raise community awareness for the 14th and Concord Sewer Improvement Project that Seattle Public Utilities is constructing and became a destination piece that attracted visitors to the neighborhood during construction. The sculpture was on display within the construction zone along 14th Ave. S. in May and was moved to Marra Desimone Park for a temporary summer exhibition. The Community Yarns created by South Park community members will be on display at the South Park Branch Library at a future date.

South Park Crisálida is commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Image: Horatio Law; South Park Crisálida; Steel, nylon;18”x6”x6”; 2016; image courtesy of the artist.