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New Capitol Hill Park?

Land donated for new park at 1125 Harvard Ave E. Photo by Joe Mabel / Creative Commons

Open house for new Capitol Hill park

Meeting planned for Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Harvard Avenue site

Do you and your kids have ideas for the new park coming to northwest Capitol Hill? If so, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) would like to hear from you.

The parts department is inviting the community to an open house to answer questions and discuss park design next month the project. The event will take place Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. on site located at 1125 Harvard Ave E.

More than 600 people participated in a kick-off online survey for the project. Department officials say they want to reflect what they heard from those surveys, provide further background on the project and gather more design input during the open house.

The 1.6-acre property sits on the northwest corner of East Prospect Street and Harvard Avenue East , a couple of blocks west of the north end of the Broadway shopping district. It has passed through several renowned Seattleites, including the Henry Art Gallery benefactor Horace Chapin, developer Scott Stimson and media pioneer Dorothy Stimson Bullitt. The land was donated to the City of Seattle by philanthropist Kay Bullitt in 1972. Since then, Plant Amnesty, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to preserving urban green spaces, has joined with Seattle Parks and Recreation to create the new public park. 

The Capitol Hill Blog reports “With design work from the University of Washington, the garden will eventually range across a portion of the site with “an interpretive overlook,” sculptures, benches, and a “contemplative space” along with “meandering pathways” and space for an outdoor classroom and amphitheater. Meanwhile, whether Seattle Parks will be able to support a formal off-leash dog facility as part of the property remains to be see.”

Checked out planners’ Frequently Asked Questions posted on the park’s department website.

A concept and schematic design are expected to be completed in September or October.  Designers and planners hope that the new park will be included in the next six-year Park District Funding Plan.

 

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