Ensuring a Bright Future for Our Parks
For the rest of April, I will be featuring a park each week on my website. As Chair of the Select Committee on Parks Funding, my top priority is to ensure our parks have a vibrant and sustainable future. We are lucky to live in a city with one of the most extensive and impressive parks systems. Let's take a minute to appreciate the parks we have and consider what we can do to best preserve and enhance our parks for the future.
The International Children's Park was built in 1981 and originally designed by Joey Ing, architect and husband of community leader Vera Ing. The park was one of three public parks developed in Chinatown/International District in the 1970s as a result of community activism aimed at restoring the vibrant neighborhood.
The park sits on the corner of 7th Ave S and South Lane street, where grass and sand form a yin-yang symbol. A bronze dragon sculpture created by artist Gerry Tsutakawa sits at the center, and provides an excellent back to climb.
The park was redesigned in 2012 with the help of landscape architect Karen Kiest and artist Stuart Nakamura. The International District community initiated the redesign of the park, securing funding from the Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund. The park also received funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, Historic South Downtown, the D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, a King County Youth Sports Facility Grant, as well as donations from community members.
It truly is an honor to represent you on the City Council. I consider public service a privilege, and to say I love this City is an understatement.
Four years ago I stood before many of you and committed to build alliances. Alliances within neighborhoods, and within our downtown; with labor and businesses large and small; with other electeds in our region and within our state. We have done this and more.
Bringing people together for the common good is my North Star. Together, we are creating a new vision, a city where we can rebuild the economic security of our middle class and underscore that all are welcome here.
With that in mind, participation and civic engagement are my top priority, which is why my office has an open-door policy. I want to hear from you and I vow to work diligently on your behalf. I am committed to bringing people together and finding the common ground on the issues that face Seattle and our region. I'll strive to reach out and listen to the various sides of each issue.
The decisions we make today must be made not just for ourselves within the city borders, but for our region as a whole; and not just for today, but for generations to come. It is my sincere honor to serve as your councilmember.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and to learn more about me, my staff, and the issues we are working on. Together, we can make our great city even better.