Yesler Terrace Park celebration full of music, art & activities

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) invite the community to celebrate the new Yesler Terrace Park on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with sports activities until 7 p.m. and an outdoor movie, Moana, at 8 p.m. on the park lawn. This new park provides a much-needed outdoor community gathering place and is located at 835 Yesler Way, immediately adjacent to Yesler Community Center. With sweeping views to downtown, Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier, Yesler Terrace Park is the new heart of the Yesler neighborhood.

The community is encouraged to come explore the new park and participate in the many activities throughout the day. The park offers something for everyone in its two-acre footprint. Here is what you will find during the event:

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m.
    • Ribbon Cutting ceremony
  • 12:30 p.m.
    • Spraypark opens
  • 3 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • 3-on-3 basketball tournament with a special thank you to Seattle Storm for prizes
    • RAVE Field activities
  • 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    • Outdoor community movie night. Movie: Moana. Please bring your own chairs and blankets.
  • Parking is limited. Visitors are encouraged to take the bus number 60 or 27 or the First Hill Street Car. 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 FC), 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 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 review schematic design and discuss elements for new park in Yesler neighborhood

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Yesler Community Center.  This is an opportunity for the community to review a preferred schematic design that reflects input gathered from the community. Parks will be leading a discussion about the design of new 1.7 acre park and gathering further input on park features.

This meeting is the next step in the design process and provides an opportunity for the community to discuss in more detail some of the park elements such as the play area and plaza.

Current Yesler Terrace residents have called the new park the “heart” of the community. The new park is part of the Yesler redevelopment and the park is intended to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of the Yesler, First Hill and other surrounding neighborhoods. The  Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $3 million for planning, design and construction of the park and the Office of Arts and Culture will manage $130,000 art budget from 1% for the Arts program.

For each major development or renovation project, Seattle Parks and Recreation typically holds three meetings to ensure community involvement. The third and final meeting will be held in October. The Yesler Community Center has been a critical partner in gathering community input. Yesler Community Center is located at 917 E. Yesler Way, Seattle WA 98122.

The community is encouraged to be part of the process and provide input on the project.  Interpreters will be available for people who speak Somali, Vietnamese, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya and Cantonese.

For more information about the project visit, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/yesler_terrace_park/ or http://parkways.seattle.gov/2014/04/30/design-team-changes-outreach-strategies-for-a-changing-community-in-yesler-terrace/  For special meeting accommodations please contact project planner, Pam Kliment, at pamela.kliment@seattle.gov or 684-7556. For questions about park project please contact Toby Ressler at toby.ressler@seattle.gov or 615-1482.