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Thomas C. Wales Park (Formerly Dexter Pit Park) Development
Pro Parks Project Information

 
Location: 2401 6th Avenue N.

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EVENTS:

Opening Celebration and Dedication
Saturday, April 16, 2011

See the following links to view photos and news coverage of the Opening Celebration and the park.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Patrick Donohue
Project Manager
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134
206-684-9286

PROJECT STATUS

Thank you Seattle! This project is complete.
The park will be open to the public on Friday, October 29, 2010. All construction fencing will be down by Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Parks will be hosting a community celebration next spring.

The project artist, Adam Kuby, completed the installation of five large ring sculptures within the park area.

Parks awarded the construction contract for this new neighborhood park to A-1 Landscaping. A-1. They began construction on April 5 2010 and are on schedule which will allow for an October opening dedication. Construction is contingent on the weather and planting season.

In May 2008, Parks commissioned artist Adam Kuby to bring a new artistic vision to the project. He is currently fabricating the five art elements. He collaborated with SiteWorkshop, the landscape architect, in preparing construction drawings for his "Quarry Rings."


LOCATION
2401 6th Avenue N.
BUDGET
The Pro Parks Levy provides $745,185 for planning, design and construction of this new park.
SCHEDULE
Planning:Fall 2006
Design:2006-2009
Construction:2010
Completion:2010

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Thomas C. Wales Park
Thomas C. Wales Park
Thomas C. Wales Park
Thomas C. Wales Park
Thomas C. Wales Park
Thomas C. Wales Park
Thomas C. Wales Park

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In December 2007 this park was named Thomas C. Wales Park. The Queen Anne Community Council made the proposal to name the park after Thomas C. Wales to honor the late Assistant U.S. Attorney who lived on Queen Anne and was very involved in the community. It was thought naming the park in is honor was an appropriate way to note his many contributions.

The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs identified this project in their Pro Parks Art Plan as one that would have an artistic design element. Andrew Cao was originally selected as the artist for this collaboration however, in February 2008, by mutual agreement, he resigned his commission.

Parks selected SiteWorkshop Landscape Architects to collaborate with the artist to develop a unified design which would support the artist’s work while addressing the environmental issues. They are also charged with preparing construction documents and overseeing construction.

Parks has held four public meetings regarding this project. The fourth meeting, at which the artist, Adam Kube, presented his design proposal, was held in May 2008.

The final site design was presented at the third community meeting in November 2007. The design was also presented to the Public Arts Advisory Committee and the Parks Board where a public hearing was held. The proposed design received a strong endorsement from both groups.

This project develops a 56,625 square foot (1.3-acre) site into a neighborhood park. This now vacant property was used until 1987 as a gravel pit and for material storage. The site was transferred to Parks from Fleets and Facilities.

Parks worked with the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to select an artist to collaborate with the landscape architects in designing a site that can be used for recreation and open space as well as to promote the value of arts and culture.


COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

Three public meetings were held to develop and review design alternatives. This project was presented for review to the Queen Anne Community Council Parks Committee during planning and schematic design. A member of the Queen Anne Parks Committee served on the artist selection team.

Public Meeting #1 03/15/07
Public Meeting #2 06/13/07
Public Meeting #3 01/08/08

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please find additional information under Board of Park Commissioners Meeting Minutes.

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/archive.htm
June 28, 2007 - Briefing
July 26, 2007 - Update briefing and public hearing
August 9, 2007 - Discussion and Recommendation


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Updated  11/03/2010

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