Seward Park Torii Gate

Updated: March 7, 2019

Winter 2018/19

The Seward Park Torii gate design is complete and bids for construction were received in May 2018. The plan for the Torii may be viewed here. W.S. Contractors has been awarded the construction contract, and construction began in August 2018.


Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, 98118


This project is funded with Department of Neighborhood grants and community fundraising.


Planning and Design: Complete
Bidding: May 2018
Construction: Summer 2018 - Spring 2019

Project Description

This project replaces the 26-foot timber Torii that was constructed at the entrance to Seward Park in 1934 by Seattle's Japanese American community as part of the International Potlatch celebration. The Torii was removed in the mid-1980's due to decay. The new Torii will be constructed of basalt columns with a timber cross beam. Improvements also include a pathway and plaza that will meet ADA requirements for accessibility. For more information about the history of the Torii, please see the Friends of Seward Park website.