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Flo Ware Park Playground Renovation
Pro Parks Project Information

28th Avenue South and Jackson Street South

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A grand opening event for the renovated park was held on May 8, 2004. May 8th is Flo Ware's birthday.


Randy Robinson
Planning and Program Development
800 Maynard Avenue South 3rd floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336
Flo Ware Park renovation construction is complete!
Flo Ware Park renovation construction is complete and the park is open to the public. Artwork that celebrates the life of Flo Ware is now part of the park, including the entry structure by Coyote Jr. High artists and the Flo Ware quotes that are spelled out in the colorful ribbon of concrete flowing through the park.
28th Avenue South and Jackson Street South
$250,000 from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, $107,000 from DON, $43,000 from King County and a variety of other public and private funding sources.
Planning: 2002
Design: 2003
Construction: 2003
Completion: 2004


In November 2000, the Leschi Community Council began meeting to discuss how to rebuild Flo Ware Park into a safe neighborhood playground and community gathering place, commemorating the life-long works of community activist Flo Ware. The Committee applied for funding from the Opportunity Fund on behalf of Flo Ware Park improvements. On July 29, 2002 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved 12 park acquisition projects and 7 development projects to be funded through the $6 million first funding cycle. The Opportunity Fund granted $250,000 to improve Flo Ware Park.

Members of local schools, churches and community groups community met frequently with public safety officers and Parks Department staff in the past year to create a concept plan designed to attract larger and more diverse groups of people to this underutilized park through enhancement of safety, maintenance, and design features.

The Central Area Action Plan II emphasizes that maintenance should be expanded and improved upon for Central Area parks. Ideas for improvement in Flo Ware Park have responded to this directive and include new playground surfacing, updated play structures, better lighting and visibility, a community kiosk, and family-oriented spaces that encourage picnics and discourage illegal activity.

Flo Ware Park Plan
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Friends of Flo Ware Park Contact John Barber for meeting times at (206)324-1548 or

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