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First Hill Park Acquisition
Project Information

Location: Tentatively 8th Avenue and Columbia Street

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Chip Nevins, Acquisition Planner
800 Maynard Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

Proposed Park Site
Proposed Park Site

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Winter 2013/14
The First Hill Urban Center Village was identified in both the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy for acquisition of a neighborhood park. For the past 10+ years, Seattle Parks has been working with the First Hill Community to identify and acquire a new park. After a few false starts and failed acquisitions, the Department has not yet been successful in acquiring one. Seattle Parks is currently engaged in the following two projects to try and rectify that situation:

  • Private Open Space at 800 Columbia Street

    Seattle Parks and Recreation has been working with Alecta, the real estate developer who acquired the property at 800 Columbia Street, to provide a 9,000 sq.ft. private open space at the corner of Columbia Street and 8th Avenue. Although the developer is required to provide some open space in return for being able to build higher, the size and quality of the open space that they have promised to provide exceeds that requirement. A concept drawing of the park is shown here. In addition the City will have an open space easement on the project that will give the City more assurances and enforcement opportunities.

  • Public Realm Action Plan

    In 2004 and 2005 Seattle Parks acquisition staff and Makers, an urban design firm, worked with First Hill community stakeholders to develop a "First Hill Urban Village Park Plan." The plan provided a strategic approach for identifying potential sites for a new park through the Pro Parks Levy acquisition project. It also outlined park and open space needs and opportunities on First Hill. Seattle Parks (Parks), Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Department of Planning and Design (DPD) are working together on a Public Realm Action Plan which will build on the work of the Makers Park plan and develop a strategy for an open space network through First Hill. The plan will identify opportunities for acquisition as well as utilization of under-used right-of-ways to provide a system of connectedness in the First Hill neighborhood. See Public Realm Action Plan for more information.


Both the Pro Parks Levy and the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy identified First Hill as an urban village in need of additional park space.


Parks acquisition staff meet regularly with the First Hill Improvement Association.

In addition, staff from Seattle Parks and the urban design firm Makers held public meetings with community stakeholders in November 2004 and January 2005 to draft the First Hill Urban Village Park Plan.

Public Meeting 12/01/09


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Updated January 8, 2014
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