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Thank you, Seattle.
The renovation of Plymouth Pillars Park (formerly Boren Pike Pine Park)
was identified in the Neighborhood Plan as a high priority for the Pike/Pine
Community which spent several years developing a design in partnership
with the Department of Neighborhoods. With the passage of the 2000 Pro
Parks Levy, the Seattle Parks Department assumed responsibility for the
park's design and construction.
The section of Boren Pike Pine Park lying between Boren Avenue and Pine Street will be comprised of three primary features:
The Olivetti Building, standing adjacent to the park's east boundary, is under new ownership. A live/work condominium is planned for the location together with a commercial space serving food/beverage at its corner on Pine Street and Minor Avenue.
Park History: This park was constructed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in 1966 as part of the I-5 construction. The land on which the park sits is WSDOT land. Since the park's establishment, Seattle Parks has maintained the sitting area, while WSDOT has been responsible for maintaining the undeveloped right-of-way which lies along the west side of the park.
Four Columns: The four limestone columns were donated to the City by John Hauberg - a local builder and art collector. They originally stood at the entrance to the Plymouth Congregational Church which lay in the path of I-5. The building, demolished in March 1966, was located at the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and University Street. The columns were dedicated at their new location in the park on October 24, 1967.
Plymouth Congregational Church stood on 6th Ave between Seneca and University Streets. The building was designed by local architect John Graham, Sr.. Photos SEA1840(left) and SEA1858(right) courtesy of Maunscripts, Special Collections, University Archives, University of Washington Libraries.
Music Hall Urns: Thanks to the efforts of the Pike-Pine Urban Neighborhood Council (P-PUNC), several significant architectural pieces from the old Music Hall Theatre were acquired for display in the park. These lovely, over-sized urns will elegantly complement the existing four columns.
> Music Hall Theatre on HistoryLink.org
WSDOT Role: Seattle Parks has successfully negotiated an air-space lease from WSDOT for the site. Once the park has been renovated, Parks will assume responsibility for maintaining the WSDOT right-of-way between the park and the freeway.
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Boren-Pike-Pine Park was identified in the Neighborhood Plan as a high priority for the community. Initially, the Pike-Pine Urban Neighborhood Council worked with the Department of Neighborhoods in seeking a successful design solution but with the passage of the Pro Parks Levy in November 2000, responsibility for the project moved to Seattle Parks and Recreation.
The Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council has recently donated $250,000 toward the redevelopment of this Park. Two representatives of the Council are serving as members of the design team.
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