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Plymouth Pillars Park Redevelopment
(formerly Boren-Pike-Pine Park)
Pro Parks Project Information

 
Spanning Boren Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets

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PROJECT STATUS

EVENTS:

On January 14, 2006, Councilmember David Della, Parks Superintendent Ken Bounds, and the community celebrated the grand opening of Plymouth Pillars Park.
Grand Opening
Photo by Erik Stuhaug

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Lynn Sullivan
800 Maynard Ave. S, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336
206.733.9105
Plymouth Pillars Park
Plymouth Pillars Park
Plymouth Pillars Park
Plymouth Pillars Park Photos by Erik Stuhaug
More photos on the Plymouth Pillars Park page

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Thank you, Seattle.
This Pro Parks Levy Project is complete!

Plymouth Pillars Park

The renovation of Plymouth Pillars Park (formerly Boren Pike Pine Park) was identified in the Neighborhood Plan as a high priority for the Pike/Pine Community which spent several years developing a design in partnership with the Department of Neighborhoods. With the passage of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy, the Seattle Parks Department assumed responsibility for the park's design and construction.

The Levy provided $934,000 in funding. In addition, the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council recommended that $250,000 in Convention Center mitigation monies be contributed to the parks renovation, and the adjacent property owner -- Washington Holdings -- committed $28,000.

In July 2005, the park was re-named Plymouth Pillars Park. The name was chosen to reflect the history of the park's most prominent feature, the four limestone columns, which once marked the entrance to the original Plymouth Congregational Church building which stood at 6th Avenue and University Street. The church was demolished in 1966 to make way for the construction of I-5. The columns were installed in the park in 1967.


LOCATION
Spanning Boren Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets
BUDGET
Total Project Budget: $1,184,000
SCHEDULE
Planning:2003
Design:2004 and 2005
Construction:2005
Completion:2005

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Project Description:
The section of Boren Pike Pine Park lying between Boren Avenue and Pine Street will be comprised of three primary features:
  • a pedestrian corridor
  • a dog off-leash area
  • two intimate plazas
The pedestrian corridor and plazas comprise about a third the site. These areas will be situated against the buildings at an elevation approximately three feet above the off-leash area. On the north end of the Park, three large urns purchased from relics auctioned from the Music Hall Theatre demolition, will stand at the top of a set of stairs leading from Pine Street.

The Olivetti Building, standing adjacent to the park's east boundary, is under new ownership. A live/work condominium is planned for the location together with a commercial space serving food/beverage at its corner on Pine Street and Minor Avenue.

Park History: This park was constructed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in 1966 as part of the I-5 construction. The land on which the park sits is WSDOT land. Since the park's establishment, Seattle Parks has maintained the sitting area, while WSDOT has been responsible for maintaining the undeveloped right-of-way which lies along the west side of the park.

Four Columns: The four limestone columns were donated to the City by John Hauberg - a local builder and art collector. They originally stood at the entrance to the Plymouth Congregational Church which lay in the path of I-5. The building, demolished in March 1966, was located at the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and University Street. The columns were dedicated at their new location in the park on October 24, 1967.

Boren Pike Pine ParkBoren Pike Pine Park
Plymouth Congregational Church stood on 6th Ave between Seneca and University Streets. The building was designed by local architect John Graham, Sr.. Photos SEA1840(left) and SEA1858(right) courtesy of Maunscripts, Special Collections, University Archives, University of Washington Libraries.

Music Hall Urns: Thanks to the efforts of the Pike-Pine Urban Neighborhood Council (P-PUNC), several significant architectural pieces from the old Music Hall Theatre were acquired for display in the park. These lovely, over-sized urns will elegantly complement the existing four columns.
> Music Hall Theatre on HistoryLink.org

WSDOT Role: Seattle Parks has successfully negotiated an air-space lease from WSDOT for the site. Once the park has been renovated, Parks will assume responsibility for maintaining the WSDOT right-of-way between the park and the freeway.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

Boren-Pike-Pine Park was identified in the Neighborhood Plan as a high priority for the community. Initially, the Pike-Pine Urban Neighborhood Council worked with the Department of Neighborhoods in seeking a successful design solution but with the passage of the Pro Parks Levy in November 2000, responsibility for the project moved to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council has recently donated $250,000 toward the redevelopment of this Park. Two representatives of the Council are serving as members of the design team.

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