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Pro Parks Levy Development


Development Highlights

Since the start of the Pro Parks Levy in 2000 Parks has completed over 110 projects throughout the city. Seattle Parks thanks you for your participation in the success of these projects. Your input during the planning, your support during construction, and your hours of volunteer time contributed to creating more extensive and interesting parks for Seattle.  

The development projects are as diverse as the Seattle community. The projects  include: upgrading the Laurelhurst Community Center; creating creek daylighting projects in Cowen Park, Ravenna Park, and Schmitz Preserve Park; installing numerous art projects including an award winning installation at Fremont Peak Park and a giant pair of Hat 'N' Boots at Oxbow Park; building three new off-leash areas, one of which is in Plymouth Pillars Park; formalizing a disc golf course in Mineral Springs Park; converting three former City Light Substations into neighborhood Parks, including Nantes Park, 6th Avenue NW Pocket Park and York Park; and constructing many new community gardens or P-patches such as Maple Leaf Community Garden and Bradner Gardens.

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Building Ella Bailey Park

Ella Bailey - before
Ella Bailey Park - before
Ella Bailey - after
Ella Bailey Park - after

Ella Bailey Park received an award from Mayor Greg Nickels and The Seattle Design Commission. The Seattle Design Commission's Design Excellence Award was given to the project for excellence in design particularly for restrained design to set off views, balance of spaces, and creative use of slopes. Formerly, Magnolia Elementary Playfield, this new $1.4 million Pro Parks neighborhood park development of a 2.4-acre asphalt playground provides panoramic views of downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier. The Park is named after Ella Bailey, who in 1929, wrote to Seattle Parks and Recreation and offered to sell the land to the City. She was a teacher for more than 30 years, and realized the importance of city parks and playfields. On Nov. 14, 1929 she sold this land to the Parks Department for $3,250.

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Last Update January 6, 2011

Seattle Japanese Garden Gatehouse
Seattle Japanese Garden Gatehouse in the Washington Park Arboretum

The Japanese Garden Entry Gatehouse provides a new entry structure to the garden. Mayor Greg Nickels and the Honorable Mistunori Namba, Consul General of Japan in Seattle opened the gates of the new Gatehouse at a grand opening celebration held on May 4, 2009.  
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Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint

The community nominated this park development project through the second cycle of the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund. The park as a whole is conceived of as an instrument, marking the arc of the sun through the seasons. Slots in the basalt "sunset stones" line up to mark the setting of the sun during the solstice and equinox.
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