Marra-Desimone Park

Updated: January 18, 2022

Winter 2021/2022

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is happy to announce the Marra-Desimone Park renovation project is substantially complete and the park is open. Marra-Desimone Park (including Marra-farm) is located at 501 South Director Street in the South Park neighborhood.

SPR developed the park through extensive community engagement and used the 2008 Marra-Desimone Park Long Range Development Plan as a launching point for the park design. The park provides a start to an accessible, multi-use, and attractive park that will improve park/farm safety and visibility through Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. The renovated park, shaped by budget and community priorities, is a phased park development that includes accessible pathways and walking loops, a central open green area, benches, picnic tables, drainage improvements, paved parking lot with ADA parking, new irrigation system with solar powered control system, and 80+ trees and grass plantings.

Subsequent phases of park development will need to address other community/park needs, including the play area, added park benches, picnic tables, gathering facilities (shelters, meeting space, Harvest Center), farm improvements, and other active play facilities. As part of the Marra-Desimone Park improvement project, SPR collaborated with SDOT on street accessibility improvements on South 7th Street and Director Avenue South and included these improvements into the construction project.

Download the plan here.

This phase does not include a play area. As part of our commitment to outreach, the planning for this project involved meetings with the Latino community, Vietnamese community, and other diverse communities of the South Park area.

Marra Farm

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods are also making improvements to Marra Farm. For more information please visit Rejuvenate Our P-Patches.

Location

Marra-Desimone Park, 9026 4th Avenue South, 98108

Budget

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $1.7 million to this project for planning, design, and construction.

Schedule

Planning: 2015
Design & Permitting/Bidding: 2015 - 2020
Construction: Early 2021 - Summer 2021
(During construction 5.5 acres of the 8.5 acre park will be closed. Marra Farm will remain open.)

Project Description

This project will develop the park, which includes the Marra Farm, Seattle's largest site for urban gardening, in accordance with the Long Range Development Plan. Download the Draft Layout.

Community Participation

Public Meeting 9/15/15

Public Meeting 11/5/15