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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seattle Parks and Recreation opens first block of Bell Street Park to pedestrians today
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/25/2013  8:39:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Karen O'Connor  (206) 684-7241


Seattle Parks and Recreation opens first block of Bell Street Park to pedestrians today

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce substantial completion of the first block of Bell Street Park project. The block will be open to pedestrians today and to cars on Thursday, August 1, 2013. This first block took longer than anticipated to complete because of work that had to be redone; however, the entire project is on schedule and will be completed in mid-December 2013. The community is invited to celebrate the completion of the first block at the National Night Out event on August 6, 2013 on Bell Street from 1st – 3rd Avenues.

Parks awarded the construction contract to AGR Construction Inc. for Bell Street Park. The park will run from 1st – 5th Ave. on Bell Street. The contractor is dividing the work into individual blocks. They began construction on June 24 on block 2 (3rd – 4th) and will begin construction block 3 (4th – 5th) the last week in July.  AGR anticipates starting construction on the final block 4 (2nd – 3rd) after Labor Day.  Construction on three blocks may overlap during late summer and early fall.

Seattle Parks is providing safe access to all businesses and residents along this portion of Bell Street during construction.  Parks appreciates the neighborhood’s understanding 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 call Patrick Donohue, Project Manager, at 206-684-9286 or email him at patrick.donohue@seattle.gov. For project information, visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/bell_street/boulevard_park.htm.

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