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Ernst Park art screen project


Address: 723 N 35th St.

Ernst Park
Ernst Park
Ernst Park

Current Status

April 2007

Seattle Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs are working together to create a sculptural safety barrier to run along the curved curb on the northwest side of the park's grand staircase.

While everything in the park is built to code, the slope at this location is perceived to be steep. This artful addition to the park will not only enhance the overall safety, but also will add a striking new element to the park.

A panel including representatives of the Fremont Neighborhood Council and Fremont Arts Council, in collaboration with Seattle Parks, selected artist Jenny Heishman for the project. The panel felt her ideas, use of materials, sculptural forms, and sense of creating unexpected experiences would be a good fit with the community.

Project Description

Budget: $15,000
The budget for this project is $15,000 and must cover all facets of the project including design, materials, fabricatioin, installation and sales tax. The allocated amounts for design and fabrication/installation:

Design fee: $2,500
Fabrication, installation, & sales tax: $12,500
Construction begins:
Project complete:

Ernst Park, a.k.a Slippery Slope, is located immediately west of the Fremont Branch Library. It is .17-acre new park, purchased with Pro Parks Levy monies in 2003, and developed into a new community park in 2004. It features a central plaza, amphitheater, grand staircase, ADA access, plantings and irrigation.

What was once a derelict site with a precipitous slope has been transformed into a public space. There park acts as a "scenic" cut through between two busy streets with a path and stairs provind access.

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Updated May 1, 2007

More Information

Kelly Davidson
Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
700 5th Ave., Suite 1766
P.O. Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748


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