Woodland Park Zoo Seattle Sensory Garden Development

Updated: March 27, 2018

Spring 2018

The contractor began construction in July and has finished planter walls, trellis, and other main construction features at the park. We are working with the contractor and finalizing the punch-list and inspection of work. Some of the completion work is weather dependent.

We will work with the community to plan an opening celebration for late spring/early summer 2018.

With extensive community input, Fischer Bouma Partnership and Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology designed the garden. Construction began in July.   

See photos of the Terrace/Trellis installation

Download the Sensory Garden Site Plan


Woodland Park Zoo, 700 N 50th Street, 98108


The Opportunity Fund allocates $750,000 for the planning, design and construction of this project.


Planning: Spring 2015 
Design: Spring - Winter 2015 
Construction: Summer 2017 - Winter 2017/18
Completion: Spring 2018

Project Description

This project was selected for the second 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 the SPR public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal SPR process to ensure the most effective implementation.

Develop a five senses garden by adding enhanced sight, touch and smell elements with the intent to increase accessibility and providing a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Seattle Sensory Garden is an expansion of the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden on 1.3 acres of existing Zoo property.

Community Participation

Public Meeting #1 9/10/2015

Public Meeting #2 10/21/2015