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John & Summit Park Acquisition (Bellevue Substation) Pro Parks Project Information

200 Summit Ave E.

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On September 22, 2003, the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee held a public hearing regarding the staff recommendation to pursue acquisition of the site at Summit and John instead of the substation site.

A public meeting was held June 26, 2003 about this project at Seattle Central Community College.


Lise Ward, Senior Property Agent
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Ave. S., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 733-9106
Thank you, Seattle. This Pro Parks Levy acquisition project is complete!

On January 5, 2007 Seattle Parks purchased the .21 acre property at the northeast corner of the intersection of E. John St and Summit Ave E. The site will provide a new neighborhood park on the western slope of Capitol Hill. (The site is just north of the Starbucks on Olive Way.) Per the agreement with the former property owners, the site will continue to be used as a parking lot until park development begins.

Funding for the acquisition included the Pro Parks Levy and a matching grant from the King County Conservation Futures Tax.

The Pro Parks Levy also provided funding for park development, and planning for development of the new park is scheduled to start in 2007.
200 Summit Ave E.
In November 2000, Seattle voters approved the Pro Parks Levy, which provided funding toward acquisition of land for new parks on Capitol Hill. This Levy project targeted the Bellevue Substation site for purchase and development as a new park, since City Light had anticipated surplusing the substation site in 2008. However, City Light later found that the substation would continue to be needed for City Light purposes.

Parks staff recommended pursuing acquisition of a nearby property at Summit and John instead of the Bellevue Substation, and a public meeting and public hearing were held in 2003 regarding this recommendation.

Bellevue Substation is located at 210 Bellevue Ave E, mid-block between E Thomas and E John St.

The alternate site that was recommended by Parks acquisition staff and the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee is a 9,600 square feet site at the northeast corner of Summit Ave E and E John St.

Both the substation and the site at Summit and John were zoned for midrise residential/65 feet. The site at Summit and John has southern sun exposure, and is close to pedestrian and transit routes on Olive Way.

The Levy also provides funding for park development. A separate public process will guide potential uses and planning for development of the park. See the development project webpage.

Property at E. John St. and Summit Ave E, acquired for a new park on January 2007.

On Monday, September 22, 2003, the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee held a public hearing on this project.

A public meeting regarding this project was held on June 26, 2003 at Seattle Central Community College.


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