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12th Avenue Square Park Development
Project Information

 

Location: 12th Ave and E James Court, 98122


Project Status

Winter 2014
The project has been permitted and will go to bid soon. We anticipate construction to begin late spring or early summer 2014.

12th Avenue Square Park is a 7,332 square-foot property at the southeast corner of 12th Ave and E James Court. The new park consists of property transferred to Parks from the Department of Neighborhoods in January 2008 and the woonerf adjacent to the park along East James Court.

The Seattle Parks Foundation awarded this project $70,000 through their newly launched Stim Bullitt Park Excellence Fund. It will be used in the capital construction budget.

The project is behind schedule due to permitting. Supplemental funding provided by Seattle Department of Transportation will allow for improvements to be made in the alley on the south side of the park. Because of these additional improvements, design elements needed to be completed as they required to be included in permitting process.

This project consists of the 12th Ave and E James Court Pro Park development project and a community initiated project that was selected to receive funding through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. The new pedestrian friendly park will be created within the street right of way in conjunction with the park project. A woonerf, a street where pedestrians and cyclists have priority over motorists, will be integrated into the park design. The design techniques will create shared spaces, traffic calming, and low speed limits to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety.

Parks hosted two community meetings for the Opportunity Fund project. To see meeting notes and presentation please see below. At the first meeting over 20 community members and neighbors attended and contributed to ideas and concepts and concerns about the new Woonerf project.

At the second meeting Hewitt Architects and Seattle Parks presented the design concept.


LOCATION
12th Ave and E James Court, 98122
BUDGET
The woonerf project was allocated $500,000 from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, Opportunity Fund.
The park project was allocated $490,000 funding from the Pro Parks Levy, Opportunity Fund.
Seattle Parks Foundation awarded the project $70,000.00.
SCHEDULE
Planning: Spring 2010 – Spring 2011
Design: Spring 2011 – Summer 2013
Construction: Spring-Summer 2014
Completion: Summer 2014

Project Description

Park Development Project
Parks has been working with the community to develop a preferred schematic design for the 12th and James site. The park project was put on hold until project recommendations for the Opportunity Fund projects were announced.

These two projects will be built together in order to economize on construction costs and to minimize continued disturbance to the surrounding neighborhood.

This project was selected for the first round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application receivedYou will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document. in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park’s public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.

The 12th Ave Neighborhood Plan calls for developing 12 Ave into the “main street” of the urban village. The James Ct woonerf, abutting 12th Ave, would help provide the kind of environment envisioned in the Neighborhood Plan.

The Opportunity Fund proposal envisioned the development of a woonerf along James Ct spanning between the 12th Ave Park to the south and the new Seattle University and Seneca group development to the north. A woonerf is a street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorists. The techniques of shared spaces, traffic calming, and low speed limits are intended to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety.

In 2008, Seattle Parks hired Hewitt Architects to begin initial design development of the park site at 12th and James Ct. Several public meetings were held and a preferred schematic design developed. The design development for the park project was put on hold while awaiting the outcome of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund project selection.

Hewitt is also the designer for the Seneca development and will remain on as consultant for the woonerf project. The park project and the woonerf project will go through design development, construction documents and construction simultaneously.


Community Participation

Opportunity Fund Meetings

Public Meeting #1 5/10/11

Public Meeting #2 6/29/11

2010 Meetings

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team of Hewitt Architects, hosted three public meetings during 2010 with the community to develop a preferred schematic site plan and design for the new park site.

Meeting notes and draft schematic designs for the park can be downloaded below.

Public Meeting #1 5/18/10

Public Meeting #2 7/13/10

Public Meeting #3 9/14/10


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Updated February 26, 2014

Events

Currently no events are scheduled.

For More Information

Patrick Donohue
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134
206-684-9286
patrick.donohue@seattle.gov

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