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Ballard Corners Park - Development
Pro Parks Project Information

17th Ave NW and NW 62nd St.

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Pamela Kliment
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

Ballard Corners Park
Ballard Corners Park
Ballard Corners Park
Photos by Catherine Anstett.

Concept Plan
Conceptual Plan for new park

Thank you Seattle! This project is complete.
Construction of Phase One was completed in October 2008. The work included grading, seating walls, pathways, drainage and irrigation. Community volunteers built the play structure and planted all the shrubs, bulbs and groundcover. The newly seeded lawn was off to a good start before winter. The site will remain fenced until the grass established.

Phase Two, funded by Department of Neighborhood Matching Fund and community contributions, includes rain gardens, right-of way plantings, new curving sidewalks, and the living room art installation. Dariotis Construction was awarded the contract. The living room, consisting of concrete sofa, chair and side table, was created by Nathan Arnold, concrete artist and mason. John Barker (the landscape architect) recommended him for this project because of his creativity and attention to detail. The neighborhood held a series of work parties and did the plantings for the park in 2008-9.

Phase Three, in construction of summer and fall of 2009, is the "corner store." (plans attached). The shape is based on the typical squared off Ballard neighborhood grocery store. It serves as a formal entrance to the park and is composed of two columns that have historical information and two seating areas with twirling counter style seats.

17th Ave NW and NW 62nd St.
The Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund provides $150,000 for this park development project and King County provided a grant of $20,000 for play equipment.
Design and a portion of construction was paid for with Neighborhood Matching Funds.
Planning: 2006
Design: 2006-2008
Construction: 2008
Completion: 2009


In 2003, Seattle Parks acquired property at 17th Avenue NW and NW 63rd Street with funding from the first cycle of the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund and a matching grant from King County Conservation Futures Tax (CFT) funds.

In early 2007, Seattle Parks acquired the adjacent property at 17th Ave NW and NW 62nd St with Pro Parks Levy and County CFT funds.

Funding from the second cycle of the Opportunity Fund will provide park amenities and develop the site to serve as a neighborhood park. This will be supplemented by Neighborhood Matching Funds and other community fundraising.

In November 2006, the project received raves from the Design Commission who praised its simplicity and attention to local history.


In the first cycle of the Pro Parks Opportunity Fund, Ballard citizens nominated a slate of properties for the Ballard Open Space project, drawing from a Ballard/Crown Hill Open Space Inventory and Action Plan. The property at 17th NW and NW 63rd was purchased in 2003 through the first cycle of the Opportunity Fund.

The community then nominated this site for park development through the second cycle of the Pro Parks Opportunity Fund.

In 2005, Friends of 63rd St. Pocket Park (now the Friends of Ballard Corners Park) received a $15,000 Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple NMF award to begin planning for the new park improvements. They will apply for $100,000 from the Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Fund (NMF) and are actively fundraising for construction. This varied neighborhood includes seniors and people who live in rental apartments. They are represented on the steering committee. The community website, describes in more detail some of the varied and unusual outreach and other events sponsored by the Friends of Ballard Corners Park.


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