Mike McGinn, Mayor
1/4/2006 11:03:00 AM
New Names for Two Parks
Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Ken Bounds announced today the names of two parks as follows: Fremont Peak Park in Fremont, and Ella Bailey Park in Magnolia.
Fremont Peak Park, a half acre in size, is located 4357 Palatine Ave N on a west-facing bluff in upper Fremont with unobstructed views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. In 2002 and 2004, Parks purchased the property through the Pro Parks Levy, King County Conservation Futures Tax, Neighborhood Matching Fund and community fundraising. The Friends of Fremont Peak Park community group is spearheading the development of the park. The preliminary design includes natural landscaping, paths and terraces.
Previously known as Magnolia Elementary Playfield, Ella Bailey Park is named after Ella Caughey Bailey, who sold the property she owned at this site for the elementary school playfield. She was a teacher for more than 30 years and worked hard to ensure that the land was secured for a children's playground.
The Pro Parks Levy provided $1.4 million for improvements to the 2.4-acre site that had been leased to Seattle Public Schools. Ella Bailey Park offers breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier, downtown Seattle, Interbay and the Cascades and has long been a popular neighborhood site for viewing fireworks. The new park will reclaim a derelict asphalt school yard, and will include a one-acre grass field for youth sports without lights, a children's play are, view lawns and picnic areas. Construction on the site will begin this spring.
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