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Van Asselt Site Recreation Improvements
Pro Parks Project Information

7200 Beacon Ave S

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On Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 Mayor Greg Nickels joined Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community for the grand opening celebration.


Dan Johnson
800 Maynard Ave. S., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134

Grand Opening

Van Asselt
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Play Area Plan, 12/05
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Monika Christine Mathews nominated this project for the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund.

On November 3, 2005, Van Asselt Play Area group received funding from the Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Program (Signature Parks)

Thank you, Seattle!
This project is complete.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with Starbucks Corporation, held a grand opening ceremony and celebration on Saturday, February 10, 2007. There was marimba music, food, entertainment and play time on the new playground, which was paid for with a Starbucks grant.

In spite of a concrete drivers strike in King County at the end of the summer, the project remained on schedule and within budget. The Contractor, M.J. Takisaki Inc was able to effectively minimize the associated strike impacts.

This project improved the Van Asselt play area in coordination with the Community Center Levy project to renovate and expand the adjacent Van Asselt Community Center.
7200 Beacon Ave S
$150,000 -- Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund provides
$135,000 -- Starbucks Signature Parks Grant Program
Planning: 2005
Design: 2005
Construction: 2006
Completion: Winter 2006


The Van Asselt Community Center play area is a popular destination for many childcare programs in the community, and will provide a safe place for people of all ages to play, learn, contemplate and build community.

Combined funding by the Pro Parks Opportunity Fund and grant funding from Starbucks means that Seattle Parks and the neighboring community can design and build a new, safer play area in conjunction with the renovation and expansion of the adjacent Van Asselt Community Center.

This play area, considered an essential part of this vibrant and growing neighborhood, will also be an excellent community gathering place for events, festivals and family play for many decades.


The community nominated this project through the Opportunity Fund portion of the Pro Parks Levy. The project is located next to Seattle Housing Authority's New Holly campus, and the neighborhood is diverse in age, income and cultural background.


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