Baker Park Addition

Updated: May 21, 2020

Thank you, Seattle! This project is complete.

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is happy to announce the opening of the addition to Baker Park. While the new play area and fitness equipment are closed during the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, the walking paths and additional park space is open. The expanded park offers so many features, including a new play structure, swings, large open lawn, a picnic area with BBQ, fitness equipment, and a totem pole plaza.

Through the public process, the community stressed the importance of retaining some of the features from the original design, which included native plantings and replacing the totem that had been removed years earlier because of safety concerns. The community rallied and applied for Neighborhood Matching Funds from the Department of Neighborhoods to replace the totem. They received the funding and commissioned renowned Haida carver, Fred Lauth. The new totem pole features three "watchmen" at the top, seen as symbolic eyes on Baker Park, playing a role similar to that of watchmen on other Haida poles. SPR's Metal Shop worked closely with Mr. Lauth to fabricate the custom base for mounting the totem. A community celebration with Haida traditions will be planned when the community can safely gather. In the meantime, please remember to practice social distancing while in all Seattle parks. Help us keep the parks open!

Fall 2019

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract for the Baker Park Addition to A-1 Landscaping & Construction. They mobilized on site the last week of October and anticipate construction completion in spring 2020. View the preferred schematic plan here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the three community meetings and responded to the online survey for the development of Baker Park Addition. Input from the meetings and survey favored safety enhancements, a friendlier pedestrian and dog walking environment, and a butterfly-themed play area. The designers relied on input from the meetings and the online survey in considering how to activate the park. In addition, the design considered the Crown Hill Urban Village up-zoning changes.

Location

Baker Park on Crown Hill is located at 8347 14th Ave NW, 98117

Budget

Seattle Park District provides $937,125 for planning, design and construction.

Schedule

Planning: Early 2017 - Summer 2017
Design: Summer 2017 - Spring 2019
Permit Approval: Summer 2019
Construction: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Project Description

This Seattle Park District project provides funding for the expansion of Baker Park. The design will incorporate accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as Seattle Parks and Recreation's intent to create access to open space in areas of high urban density.

Community Participation

Download the online survey results.

Open House and Input Opportunity 5/20/2017

Public Meeting/Open House  8/12/2017

Public Meeting 10/28/2017