Cayton Corner Park

Updated: November 12, 2019

Fall 2019

The Friends of Cayton Corner are busy fundraising to complete the new urban greenspace. An application for the Community Partnership Fund program at the Department of Neighborhoods has been submitted for the September round.

Donations can be made through the Seattle Parks Foundation. In addition to neighborhood friends and long-term partners, such as the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center and Feet First, Aegis Senior Living has joined the steering committee as a major partner.

The updated preferred schematic design, recommended by community partners, received final approval by Seattle Parks and Recreation in mid-March.
Download the schematic design - February 5, 2018
Download the design revision memo - March 2, 2018

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) installed the new sidewalk in April 2018. The sidewalk curves around the tree into the park allowing the tree extra room to be healthy.

New sidewalk at Cayton Corner Park April 2018

The Friends of Cayton Corner, along with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods and many new friends and partners met on September 12, 2017 to lay out a plan for making the park a reality!  People came forward with skills in fundraising, outreach, event planning, administration, organizing, and more to make this park a success.

The Hearing Speech and Deaf Center is a major partner along with Feet First (a non-profit that supports walkable communities) and Central Co-op.

A design discussion was held September 12, 2017 and the notes are below

Work in conjunction with SDOT on the Madison Bus Rapid Transit to further improve the right-of-way along Madison and adjacent park features is on-going.


1831 E Madison St, 98122


$15,300 Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) for schematic design
$25,000 Small and Simple NMF for design development and construction drawings
$51,436 Neighborhood Park and Street Fund


Planning: 2012
Design: 2013 - 2015
   Phase I: Use the Neighborhood Park & Street Fund (NPSF) for 19tth Ave sidewalk improvements in late 2017 or early 2018
   Phase II: Use Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and public support for construction in 2019 - depends on the new fundraising team

Project Description

The current development project will add much needed public green space to the busy Madison corridor, link the Central District and Capitol Hill, represent the community through design and the namesake history and beautify what is currently an empty lot.


The intent of initial Opportunity Fund project was to acquire an open space for the neighborhood.

The acquisition was selected for the first round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application received in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park’s public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.

Past Work

The consultant and the community group worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation to complete the design development phase. This phase is based on the schematic design. Details such as path grades, dimensions and plant types will be refined. The site has some challenges for the designer. It is steep and is next to E. Madison Street, an arterial.  There is a beautiful large tree that is erupting into the sidewalk; the tree will remain in the project as an anchor design element.

Tree to be preserved at Cayton Corner

A community decision to include a slide works well with the grade but is unusual and the details are being worked out by the landscape architect.

This builds upon the $25,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund award received in December 2013 to complete a schematic design for the park. The Friends of (what was then called) 19th and Madison Park used their NMF award to hire J.A. Brennan and Carolyn Law to complete a schematic design and a preliminary cost estimate for the park. This work was completed and the Design Report  attached.

This site was acquired with the condition that the maintenance of any development be performed by community members. Initially, SeattleWorks worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community to clean and tidy the site on a regular basis. SeattleWorks ("Do Something"), the organization will be organizing monthly maintenance work parties for this site.

This Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund acquisition is complete. Parks staff completed the acquisition of the 4,500 square foot, triangular-shaped lot on April 29, 2011. A consortium of neighborhood organizations will work with Seattle Parks on planning, design and construction of the new park.

Community Participation

Public Meeting 9/12/2017