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Counterbalance Park: an Urban Oasis (formerly Queen Anne Park)
Pro Parks Project Information

2 Roy St

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Patrick Donohue, Project Manager
800 Maynard Ave S. 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134

Thank you Seattle this project is complete!

The City of Seattle with an enormous amount of help from Jean Sundborg, Keith Beiver and additional members of the Uptown Alliance and the Parks Foundation is please to announce that fundraising efforts for the construction of Counterbalance Park: An Urban Oasis reached a level, which allowed the City to solicit bids for the construction of this fabulous new urban park. Precision Earthworks Inc. was awarded the contract and began construction in February 2008. The community celebrated the completion of the park on July 19, 2008 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and wonderful music.

Contributions as of 10/19/2007

Seattle Pro Park’s Levy funding $304,000

Lead gift from Shah Safari, Inc, an Uptown business $225,000

City of Seattle, 2007 Capital Improvement Projects $200,000

City of Seattle, Neighborhood Matching Fund grant $100,000

State of Washington $100,000

King County Funding $50,000

Grant from Miller Foundation for horticultural materials $45,000

The Norcliffe Foundation grant $20,000

Safeco Insurance community grant $10,000

Residents & Property owners in Uptown Queen Anne $38,574

Businesses and corporations $42,500

Total Pledged/Received to Date $1,135,074

2 Roy St
The Pro Parks Levy provides $304,000 project costs of planning, design and construction.
Planning: 2005
Design: 2005 through 2007
Construction: Late 2007 thru Spring 2008
Completion: Spring 2008


The site of the new Counterbalance Park - An Urban Oasis is a relatively level, 12,000 square foot vacant property bordered on two sides by streets and two sides by condominiums. A variety of neighborhood residential and commercial buildings are visible from the site. Queen Anne Avenue North and Roy Street are both heavily traveled arterials. Traffic signals and crosswalks allow pedestrian access to the site. There is no on-site parking.

The proposed design of the new Counterbalance Park - An Urban Oasis is compatible with the goals of the Mayors Downtown Park Initiative and is included in the Center City Parks Plan. Parks has developed a new park plan that represents a sophisticated and elegant multi-use facility that will be the gateway park to Uptown Queen Anne Neighborhood.
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The Seattle Design Commission provided reviews on the design in late 2005.

This park has officially been named Counterbalance Park: an Urban Oasis. For more details, check out the press release


Nov. 18, 2006 Community Meeting #3

On Nov. 18, 2006, Seattle Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Uptown Alliance held the third and final public meeting to discuss the status of Counterbalance Park An Urban Oasis. Approximately 18 citizens attend this meeting. Parks discussed the current status of the park design and construction schedule. The design is currently at the end of schematic design phase with design development and construction documents to follow in 2007. Murase Associates the project designers made a short presentation to the audience pointing out the design elements of the new park. Parks informed those in attendance that both the Board of Park Commissioners and the Mayors staff have reviewed and endorsed the schematic design. Parks also presented the current project schedule, which calls for the new park to be completed in the end of 2007.

Seattle Parks staff, Murase Associates Landscape Architects, and artist Iole Allesandrini brought design plans for community review and comment as part of a larger special park event on July 24, 2005 at the park site. Uptown Alliance and Friends of the Uptown Park held the event to celebrate the Kinnear Place Park centennial, the one year anniversary of the Queen Anne Park site acquisition, and the new Labyrinth space at St. Pauls Episcopal Church.

Comments from the 6-21-05 Community meeting survey You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.
Comments from the 7-24-05 Community plan review and celebration You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.

Friends of the Uptown Park contact: Jean Sundborg at
Uptown Alliance 206-733-9435


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