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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Construction begins on Bell Street Park
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
3/20/2013  2:30:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Karen O'Connor  (206) 684-7241


Construction begins on Bell Street Park

Construction on Bell Street Park begins Thursday, March 21, 2013. Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to AGR Construction Inc.

The project will be divided into phases with each block being constructed individually to minimize disruption to local residents and business. The completed park will run between 1st – 5th avenues on Bell Street. AGR Construction will begin phase one between 1st to 2nd avenues with completion anticipated by the end of May 2013.

Seattle Parks is providing safe access to all businesses and residents along this portion of Bell Street during construction.  Parks appreciates the neighborhood’s consideration and cooperation during construction and encourages residents to contact Project Manager Patrick Donohue with construction concerns.

Bell Street Park will be a unique park for Seattle, providing much needed community open space for the high density Belltown neighborhood. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy project provides the funding to convert one traffic lane and reconfigures parking to create a park-like corridor through the heart of Belltown on Bell Street.

The project was first envisioned in the 1998 Belltown/Denny Triangle Neighborhood Plan with leadership from the Belltown Housing and Land Use Committee. Subsequently, the Belltown Community Council, Belltown Business Association and other community groups requested that the City develop the project as a response to inadequate open space facilities in the neighborhood and the difficulty in purchasing property for such uses.

For more information please contact Patrick Donohue, project manager, at 206-684-9286 or patrick.donohue@seattle.gov or visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/bell_street/boulevard_park.htm.

This press release can be found on the Parkways Blog.

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