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 or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’ or 206-233-7929.


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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: or for special meeting accommodations please contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’ or 206-233-7929.

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Rainier Beach Be’er Sheva Planning Committee invites neighbors to celebrate the schematic design for Be’er Sheva Park

The Rainier Beach community is invited to the third meeting for the Be’er Sheva Park improvement project. Please join your neighbors and friends on June 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at Be’er Sheva Park, 8640 55th Ave. S to provide input on the schematic design for the park and to join in a celebratory party.

This community initiated project received Neighborhood Matching Funds to create a schematic design for improvements at Be’er Sheva Park. Possible improvements include better access to the park’s lakeside end at the S. Henderson St. corridor with greater shoreline access, walkways, and art installations.

The Rainier Beach Link2Lake Open Space Steering Committee hired a landscape architect to facilitate the community engagement process, develop the schematic design and investigate feasibility and permitting requirements. Thank you to everyone who attended the previous meetings in March and April.

For more information please visit:

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Pam Kliment at 206-684-7556 or



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Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail Grand Opening

Community invited to come celebrate and “Loop the Loop”

Seattle Parks and Recreation, University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation invite the community to the grand opening celebration of the Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from noon to 3 p.m.

The day will be filled with festivities along the path, including music, free snacks, food trucks, a talk by outdoors writer Craig Romano and an opportunity to explore the new multi-use trail. The official opening remarks and “vine-cutting” ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. at the Birch Lot off Lake Washington Blvd E.

The new multi-use trail daylights the creek, gives greater access to the wetlands and  collections, and fulfills the Washington Park Arboretum values of education, recreation and conservation.  Visit to read more about the completion of the trail.

Parking is limited and organizers are encouraging people to carpool, take public transit, bike or walk to the event.  For  more information on the event please visit


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




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