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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Parks Announces Name for New Park in Uptown

3/22/2006  1:44:00 PM

Parks Announces Name for New Park in Uptown

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Ken Bounds today announced the naming of a new Seattle park in the Uptown neighborhood: "Counterbalance Park: an Urban Oasis."

Parks acquired the .28-acre vacant property, located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Queen Anne Avenue N and Roy Street, in 2004 after extensive community engagement. The 2000 Pro Parks Levy and King County Conservation Futures Tax provided $1.7 million for the property purchase.

The Levy will also fund development of the site. Design concepts include benches, tables, trees and a unique lighting feature. Construction is expected to take place in 2007.

The name honors the counterbalance trolley system that once took people up and down Queen Anne Avenue, a unique element of Seattle's history, and identifies the site as a community gathering place, a place for art, activity, and enjoyment.

For more information about the park naming process, please contact Paula Hoff, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-615-0368 or

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