Westlake & Lenora Park Development

Updated: May 16, 2017

2017

The early design process that created a schematic design allowed the park to be coordinated with the adjacent improvements and become a seamless benefit to our urban environment. We are proceeding with design and anticipate construction in summer 2018.

Location

2100 Westlake Ave

Description

This project redevelops the previous Enterprise Car Rental site into park land that will serve the downtown businesses and residences. It may include lighting, seating, landscaping, ADA access, places for vendors, and other park elements. It will be designed to have a seamless transition between the park and the adjacent tower development. Collaboration, on grading; circulation; materials, between the Parks Department team and the tower design team for areas within the alley which is being vacated, will occur at the schematic design stage.

Budget

Funding for planning and schematic design is provided through city public benefit funds from a nearby street vacation project in the amount of $150,000.
Remaining necessary total project funds, including construction funding, is not yet available.

Schedule

Planning: Through May 2014
Design: May 2014 through TBD

History

Spring/Summer 2014

Seattle Parks is starting the design process for a new park in the Denny Triangle Urban Village Center. In April, 2014, $150,000 was allocated to start the design process for a new park at Westlake and Lenora. This is a land banked site being held in its current condition until funds become available for development.

An alley exists between the park property and the adjacent tower development site. Parks is working with the adjacent developer to vacate the alley and bring mutual benefit to both parties. The adjacent development is currently being designed, so it's important for the design of the park to begin. We're excited to have Site Workshop, a local landscape architecture firm, lead the park design.

In order to ensure a seamless and coordinated design where the two properties meet, the park will be envisioned to a schematic level with special attention to grades and access within the alley. This will allow all parties to move forward informed and lay the groundwork for future park development.

Acquisition

On December 31, 2008 Seattle Parks purchased the 8,722 square foot property at 2100 Westlake Avenue for a new neighborhood park in the Denny Triangle Urban Center Village. King County approved $900,000 to $1 million in matching funds through the Conservation Futures Tax towards this acquisition.

Community Participation

Public Meeting #1  5/20/2014

Public Meeting #2  6/17/2014