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International Children's Park

NEIGHBORHOOD MATCHING FUND PROJECT INFORMATION
700 S Lane St.
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PROJECT STATUS

EVENTS:

There are no events scheduled at this time.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Project Manager: Pamela Kliment
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134-1336
206-684-7556
pamela.kliment@seattle.gov

Questions? Email friendsoficp@gmail.com

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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 planYou will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document..

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 summaryYou will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document..

Also there is this International Examiner article about the park.

The landscape architect is Karen Kiest and the artist is Stuart Nakamura.


LOCATION
700 S Lane St
BUDGET

$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

SCHEDULE
Design: Complete
Construction: Spring 2011

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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 Many of the program elements are also damaged or out of date and lacking ADA access.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.


COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

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, see Friends of International Childrens Park web site).

In 2007, The Friends of International Children's Park received a Small 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) program.

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 http://www.iexaminer.org/news/features/childs-play/.


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Updated February 29, 2012

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