Design and construction of this project are now complete. Information about the construction phase may be found here.
The Friends of the International Children's Park (FICP) have worked with Parks to complete the design development for the new children's park. See attached design development plan.
The project receives development funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy (see the development information page). It includes ideas from the artist. The design will be presented to the community in the fall at an open house. The date and time have yet to be determined.
For more information from the 3rd public IDCP meeting notes view this summary.
Also there is this International Examiner article about the park.
The landscape architect is Karen Kiest and the artist is Stuart Nakamura.
700 S Lane St
$15,000 Neighborhood Matching
Fund (NMF) in 2007 for planning
$15,000 NMF in 2008 for schematic design
$79,700 Large Project Fund NMF
$81,779 community match
$500,000 Parks and Green Spaces Levy
Construction: Spring 2011
The goal of the renovation project is to improve visibility and
provide the ability to hold more programming, thereby enhancing
safety at the park. There will be multigenerational uses so the
park can be enjoyed by both adults and youths.
International Children’s Park is one of three public parks
developed in the Chinatown/International District during the 1970s
as a result of community activism for improving the neighborhood.
In recent years, poor visibility into the park and lack of flexibility
for programming have been cited as factors limiting park usage
despite an expressed desire for more open space in the neighborhood.
Many of the program elements are also damaged or out of date and
lacking ADA access.
The Chinatown/International District is a historic neighborhood
with a growing residential population. Additionally the many restaurants,
stores, social service agencies, and cultural institutions, such
as the Wing Luke Asian Museum, bring a significant number of visitors
to the area.
The childcare program at the Denise Louie Education Center
regularly uses the park for its outdoor activities for preschool
children. A renovated park will provide much-needed recreational
opportunities for the residents and visitors alike and especially
for the growing number of families in the neighborhood.
In July 2008, the Friends of the International Children's Park
received a Neighborhood Matching Fund to hire a designer. The
complete report is also attached.
Public Meeting 06/15/10
On May 15th, Stuart Nakamura, our public artist, organized a
focus group with children from the Denise Louie Education Center
and seniors from Legacy House. Through shape coloring, shadows
and conversation, we were able to get a lot of feedback and direction
on what kinds of shapes and art they would like to see in the
International Children's Park. (For pictures of the focus group,
of International Children’s Park web site).
In 2007, The Friends of International Children's Park received
and Simple grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to undertake
initial community outreach and to identify and assess the needs
and issues concerning the park. FICP partnered with the Department
of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington and
the Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development (WILD)
A complete report on the results of the UW Landscape Architecture
Studio is available at http://courses.washington.edu/replay/
The Friends of the International Children’s’ Park
received a Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund Award to
hire a landscape architect in 2008. Two public meetings
were held and a schematic
plan was prepared. (For more detail see Park Report Assembled
PDF at right)
The Friends of International Children’s’ Park have
regular steering committee meetings and everyone is welcome to
join. Check out the website below.
Check out this local newspaper article written by project volunteers