Smith Cove Park Development

Updated: November 15, 2016

Fall 2016

Thank you to all who attended our public meeting on October 6. Based on all the questions, comments and discussion at the public meeting we have updated the park concept to reflect some major themes and to more evenly distribute the improvements over the whole site. Thank you for your continued involvement and we look forward to seeing you at the next public meeting in early 2017. Download the Updated Park Concept, November 14, 2016

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the development of Smith Cove Park. Join Seattle Parks and Recreation's staff and the design team of GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) and provide input on the development of this new waterfront park. This project develops the 4.9 acre easterly waterfront property recently acquired and makes improvements to the playfield half of Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Avenue West) used for youth sports.

In 2015, the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) received a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to undertake the initial public outreach and conceptual design for the expansion of Smith Cove Park. In early 2016 Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) hired GGN  as the design consultant. They will use the outreach and concept completed by the FoSCP as the starting point for the design of the park.  Amenities may include paths, landscaping, waterfront access points, a play area, and related improvements. Some improvements will also be made to the existing part of Smith Cove Park (west of this site), currently used for sports such as soccer. The improved park will provide waterfront access and ADA accessibility; provide enhanced opportunities for active recreation, increase environmental-sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people.

Location

Smith Cove Park, 23rd Ave W, between the Magnolia Bridge and the Elliott Bay Marina

Budget & Schedule

See the budget and schedule for this project on our Open Budget website

The parcel located to the west of 23rd Ave W has been traditionally used by the Magnolia Youth Soccer Club for youth soccer. The intent is to maintain this active use on the parcel and also to incorporate other active recreational uses such as lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee and baseball/softball. During the public process led by the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) in 2015, beach volleyball was also highlighted as a potential active recreational use on this parcel. Current improvements may be limited to drainage and irrigation infrastructure to make the current field more playable. However, the long term vision is that the field be improved so that it is playable year-round and available for a variety of youth and adult sports.

The easterly parcel contains the original Smith Cove Park, a narrow parcel at the south end of the site adjacent to Elliott Bay. King County owns a portion of the easterly parcel and will operate a CSO storage tank currently in the final stages of construction. The new park will be developed around the King County facility and will include shoreline restoration, access to Elliott Bay and other traditional park amenities. The FoSCP developed a concept in 2015, with input from the Queen Anne and Magnolia communities which organized potential uses across the site. That concept will be the starting point for the SPR led design process in 2016.

In 2015, the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) received a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to undertake the initial public outreach and conceptual design for the expansion of Smith Cove Park. When a design consultant is hired they will use the outreach and concept completed by the FoSCP as the starting point for the design of the park.

Download the presentation Design Principles, August 23, 2016

Smith Cove Park is located just west of Pier 91 at the foot of Magnolia Hill on Elliott Bay. This project develops the 4.9 acre easterly waterfront portion of Smith Cove Park and makes improvements to the playfield half of Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Avenue West) used for youth sports such as soccer. The park will be developed following a planning and design process for the site. The amenities may include paths, landscaping, waterfront access point(s), a play area, drainage and irrigation improvements to the playfield and other related improvements. The improved park will provide waterfront access, enhanced opportunities for active recreation, increase environmental-sensitivity, and be inviting and usable for more people.

Community Participation

Public Meeting 10/6/2016

Meeting Poster

Presentation