Weekend Highlights

Published February 26, 2013
Health & Development

A New Park … Downtown?


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A rendering of the Westlake Park Children's Play Area.

The Downtown Seattle Association, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and others, has just unveiled a new park downtown - the Westlake Park Children's Play Area.

The play area will help address the lack of public play areas for children downtown, now that some 3,000 children call downtown home. A recent study led by Seattle Children’s Research Institute found that children living in neighborhoods with favorable neighborhood environment attributes, including quality parks, had 59 percent lower odds of being obese. The play area will also be an amenity for shoppers with children in the downtown retail core.

“You can’t really have a neighborhood without families, and young families deserve easily accessible play spaces,” said Downtown Seattle Association President and CEO Kate Joncas. “Attracting and retaining families is a top priority for making downtown a diverse and healthy neighborhood and the new play area certainly helps.”

Westlake Park is located at 401 Pine St. in Seattle. For more details on the new play space and more information on the project, visit the Downtown Seattle Association website.


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