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12th Avenue Square Park Development
12th Ave and E James Court, 98122
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.
Planning: Spring 2011 – Spring 2011
Design: Spring 2011 – Summer 2013
Construction: Fall 2013
Completion: Spring 2014
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 received 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.
Public Meeting #1 5/10/11
Public Meeting #2 6/29/11
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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800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134
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