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Powell Barnett Legacy Project
Pro Parks Project Information

352 Martin Luther King Jr Way

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On May 19, 2006, the community, Starbucks and the City of Seattle celebrated the completion of the Ultimate Parks Makeover with a grand opening.


Andy Sheffer, Project Manager
800 Maynard Ave. S., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134

Thank you, Seattle!
This Project is Complete!

Between May 12 and May 19, 2006 Parks, contractor Leajack Construction, and hundreds of Starbucks and community volunteers conducted the "Ultimate Park Makeover" - an unprecedented seven-day volunteer effort to make park improvements that would normally take months to complete.

Improvements included installation of a new play area, renovation of the playfield, renovation of the interior and exterior of the restroom, renovation of the basketball court, renovation of the paths and entries, installation of plazas with BBQs areas, and installation of benches and gaming tables.

Named in honor of community activist Powell Barnett, the 4.4-acre park had begun to show its age. Community members, including Barnett's granddaughter, Maisha Barnett, built public support and raised money, obtaining grants to complete public process and design. The community's dedication attracted the attention of Starbucks, which selected the park to receive additional funding through the Starbucks Parks Fund.

To learn more about the Starbucks Neighborhood Grant program, click here.

Community members will continue working on park elements throughout the summer/fall.

In September 2005, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved projects to be funded through the second cycle of the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, including $200,000 for improvements to Powell Barnett Park. This project will start in 2007.
352 Martin Luther King Jr Way
The Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund provided $250,000 and the Starbucks Parks Fund provided $550,000
Planning: Winter 2006
Design: Winter 2006
Construction: Spring 2006
Completion: Spring 2006


Powell Barnett Plan
Proposed Park Improvements, October 2005
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Powell Barnett Map
Aerial Photo

Maisha Barnett and Monika Christine Mathews at planning meeting
Maisha Barnett and Monika Christine Mathews at planning meeting
The community's vision for this project was to restore Powell Barnett Park in Central Seattle. The project focused on increased capacity and safety through design, maintenance and programming. Renovation of the children's play area is one of the project goals.

Groups involved in planning for the park improvements include the Seattle Girls School and Coyote Junior High.


The community obtained a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and worked with a landscape architect to conduct a public process and develop a schematic design for the park improvements.

Community members nominated the project for the second cycle of the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, and dozens of letters and testimonials in support of the project were received by the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee.


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