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Seven Hills Park (formerly Capitol Hill Park) Development
Pro Parks Project Information

Location: 1514 E Howell St Seattle, WA 98122

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Virginia Hassinger
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134
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Boulders Placed
Boulders Placed

Opening Day
Opening Day

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Thank you Seattle! This park is open.
Construction is complete! A neighborhood celebration was held on Sept. 9, 2010 to mark the opening. The lawn will be fenced off until spring 2011 while the turf has time to establish.

The new park includes a lawn, concrete and gravel plazas, site furnishings such as benches and barbeques, and an art feature representing the seven hills of Seattle. It also includes sidewalk repair along E Howell Street.

Following the site opening, the Howell Street Collective will get to work on creating the community garden.

LOCATION   1514 E Howell St Seattle, WA 98122
The Pro Parks Levy provides $545,802 for planning, design and construction of the park
Planning: 2007
Design: 2008 - 2009
Construction: Spring - Summer 2010
Completion: July 2010


The goal of this project is to develop a community park at the northeast corner of E. Howell Street and 16th Avenue E.

Parks purchased the .21 acre property in 2007. The current use, that of a parking lot, will continue until shortly before construction starts in Fall 2009.

Parks held a public Open House at the Cal Anderson Shelter House in November 2007. Mithun was hired as the Landscape Architect in charge of design and construction. Mithun later presented three design concepts at a community meeting on March 26, 2008. Mithun presented a revised concept to the Design Commission on May 15. The concept was developed in response to comments offered at the
March 26 community meeting.
The Final Schematic Plan 2008

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A third community meeting was held in late May 2008. A final concept, revised in response to comments from the Design Commission, was presented at that meeting. The concept, with refinements, was again presented to the Design Commission on July 17 .

The final budgeted project includes basic park elements such as grading, lawn, pathway, plaza, steps, barbeques and picnic tables. The remaining site furniture (benches, bike racks) and the art feature are not in the "base bid" of the construction contract. These were advertised as contract bid additives and may be included in the contract depending on the bids received.

Parks has completed design drawings for the trellis so that if future funding becomes available the trellis shown in the schematic design will be constructed.

A Friends of Capitol Hill Park group has formed to support the park and build community. A group of neighbors is also working with Department of Neighborhoods to develop a community garden on the site. See community links below.

Meeting participants approved the final schematic plan at the third community meeting on May 28, 2008.

Community Garden
The new park includes a community garden to be administered by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) P-Patch program. This garden, known as the Howell Street Collective, will be different from most Seattle P-Patches. There will be no individual plots; instead, the entire garden site will be gardened collectively. For information about the garden, please contact: Sandy Pernitz at DON, by e-mail at or by phone at 206-684-0284

Park Naming
Last year Seattle Parks and Recreation invited the public to submit potential new names for Capitol Hill Park. Parks received more than 50 suggestions for a name.

The Naming Committee settled on Seven Hills Park, suggested by first grade students at nearby St. Josephs school. Their inspiration came from the artwork in the park that represents Seattles seven hills.

Planning Summary

See acquisition project for more information.


Community Meetings

Public Meeting #1 11/08/07 Public Meeting #2 03/26/08 Public Meeting #3 05/28/08

Park Named
Press Release (PDF)


Updated  8/23/2010

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