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Ross Park Shelterhouse Improvements
Pro Parks Project Information

Location: 4320 4th Ave NW

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On Saturday, April 22, 2006, Mayor Greg Nickels joined Councilmember David Della, Superintendent Ken Bounds, student artists at Pacific Crest School and the community for a dedication celebration and ribbon cutting.


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

Dedication Celebration

Grand Opening Ceremony
Grand Opening Ceremony
Grand Opening Ceremony
Grand Opening Ceremony

Ross Shelterhouse - after
Ross Shelterhouse - time art
Created by students at
Pacific Crest School


Thank you, Seattle! Pro Parks Levy Improvements are complete.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has completed the Ross Shelterhouse Improvement Project. The project includes the Parks Department's first Green Roof, which was funded by Seattle Public Utilities.

This is an award winning project!

On May 18, 2007 Ross Park Shelter House received a Civic Design Award from the AIA Washington Council. This awards program identifies public projects that are hallmarks of civic design. The Honor Award is given to a project that not only embodies design excellence, but also shows a certain amount of creative risk taking and problem solving.

Improvements to the building include: upgrading the community meeting room with better furnishings, heat, light, and storage; adding a community notice board; improving, upgrading, and increasing ADA access to bathrooms and the community room; upgrading building utility services; improving landscape and building access; and upgrading building code compliance.

This facility is now ready to rent for birthday parties, summer picnics, community meetings, classes or other events. Please contact the Loyal Heights Community Center at 684-4052 for more information.
4320 4th Ave NW
The Pro Parks Levy provides $544,620 for planning, design and construction.
Planning: 2004
Design: 2004
Construction: Summer 2005
Completion: Early 2006


In the 1990s the community-led Ross Park Project received Neighborhood Matching Funds and added concrete paths, new play equipment, benches, picnic tables, and a basketball half-court to the upper level of the park.

During these planning efforts community members became interested in making the Shelterhouse more inviting and accessible. The Shelterhouse was discussed during the Fremont neighborhood planning process and the community asked to Rehabilitate and open the small community building in Ross Playfield to park and community uses.

The project was included as part of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy to Improve Ross Shelterhouse for community use.

After comprehensive public involvement, Parks and the community jointly decided to raze the old shelterhouse and construct a new one.


Seattle Parks and Recreation held three public meetings -- June 8, 2004; Sept. 28, 2004; and Nov. 9, 2004.

Read the Public Involvement Summary, here. You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.


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Updated  6/5/2007 10:44 
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