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Bell Street Park

Address: 1st to 5th Ave on Bell St, 98121 (Map It)
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Bell Street Park is a park like corridor through the heart of Belltown. The four block park has one lane of traffic and boasts improved landscaping, better lighting, and more open space. The continuous level pavement encourages pedestrians, cyclists, and automobiles to share the space.

Nationally recognized artist, Sheila Klein created the art for the park. It is hoped that the art will be the catalyst for park activation. Kleins artwork, Souvenir, consists of four bronze artworks that are featured on each of the blocks that Bell Street Park occupies. Sheila Klein was inspired by her personal history as an artist living and working in Belltown during the 1980s. The art serves as a physical love letter to the neighborhood, and encouraging those who live in and visit Belltown to find their own path.

Acreage: 1.33


The neighborhood of Belltown holds a unique spot within the City on many levels. Geographically it links other neighborhoods: the waterfront, Pike Place Market, downtown, Seattle Center, and the Denny Triangle. It has an eclectic mix of businesses, residents, and architecture. It is a dedicated, caring, and inclusive community that not only supports, but also embraces more than 30 human services agencies and low-income housing located there.

The project first proposed in the 1998 Belltown Neighborhood Plan was endorsed by a range of community organizations including Belltown Housing and Land Use Committee and the Bell Town Community Council.

SvR + Hewitt designed Bell Street Pak. The Belltown residents, Seattle community, and the design team worked together as active participants in the planning and development of the new park space. Three public meetings were held and well attended from 2009-2011. Seattle Parks and Recreation dedicated the park in April 2014.

The 2008 Parks and Green Space Levy provided $5 million for planning, design and development of the park.

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.


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