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Greenwood Park
Pro Parks Project Information

602 N 87th St.

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Mayor congratulates Loretta Vosk, Steering committee chair and committee members.


Andy Sheffer
800 Maynard Ave. S, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336

Greenwood Park is Complete!
Park amenities include childrens play area, paths and art installations. Its ecologically-sensitive design includes porous concrete paving and a bioswale, which work to reduce storm water runoff. The park also features native plantings and a drought-resistant eco-turf meadow.

Interpretive signage educates visitors on the environmental aspects of the park, memorializes the sites 70-year history as a Japanese owned or operated commercial greenhouse, and tells the story of the Interurban trolley system that ran through the site.

602 N 87th St.
The authorized Pro Parks budget for the project is $1,173,278. In addition, Friends of Greenwood Park received a Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award and a King County grant.
Planning: 2001- 2002
Design: 2001- 2002
Construction: 2002
Completion: 2003


Project Description:
Greenwood Park is a new park development on the site of the former Otani Greenhouses at 87th and Fremont Avenue North. Demolition of the greenhouse structures and soil remediation were completed by Seattle Parks. Both the concept plan and the design development plans were completed by Friends of Greenwood Park using Department of Neighborhoods grant funding.

The park includes a play area, open meadow and paths. It features porous concrete paving and a drainage swale. The intent is to have a passive park that reduces storm water drainage and provides educational opportunities for visitors.

The project includes the following elements:

  • Open Meadow for passive use
  • Childrens play area
  • Perimeter walkways with porous and soft surface walkways
  • Plaza
  • Single unit comfort station
  • Drainage swale
  • Interurban interpretive paving element
  • Trellis with Interurban trolley design
  • Concrete seating walls
  • Street edge detail to delineate parking and street area
  • Fencing along private property edges
  • Benches
  • Picnic tables
  • Raised planters
  • Community garden planters
  • Interpretive Signage

Project History/Background:
A dedicated group of volunteers called the Friends of Greenwood Park (FOGP) worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation staff to develop a new park on the site of the former Otani Greenhouses at 87th and Fremont Avenue North. This site was identified as a potential park site in the 1999 Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Plan. The Friends of Greenwood Park obtained Department of Neighborhoods funds to develop a design for the part. They worked with Parks to select the design consultant, and hired JGM Landscape Architects to design the Park.

During conceptual design process in 2000, three public meetings were held. The park design committee found that potential park users were looking for a source of respite from the busy neighboring commercial core and a safe recreational space for young and old alike, within walking distance of their homes. A major interest that emerged during the public process was to design the park with an emphasis on environmental sensitivity.

Friends of Greenwood Park obtained a Large Matching Fund grant from Department of Neighborhoods. They continued with design development in 20002001. The project was included in the 2000 Pro Parks levy, which is funding the production of construction documents, and construction.

Anticipated Impacts:
The design proposal for the edge along Evanston included widening the asphalt pavement by 2-3 feet and replacing the existing ditch with a wide drainage swale.
The swale will carry the existing drainage flow, which includes drainage from the street and approximately 3.3 acres north of the park. A swale can provide water quality benefits, although in this case, the existing ditch is connected to a combined sewer, so the potential water quality benefits will not be realized at this time. However, Seattle Public Utilities hopes to eventually connect this drainage system to Pipers Creek. This swale would provide water quality benefits when and if the drainage is redirected to the Pipers Creek system.

The project is designed to be a demonstration site for environmentally orientated construction. It was a pilot site for the use of porous concrete. As such, there is not a full maintenance history for the material. The use of the porous concrete is supported by a grant from Seattle Public Utilities, which is also partially funding soil amendments to increase the water holding capacity of the soil and reduce site runoff.

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