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Kubota Garden Natural Area
Pro Parks Project Information

The Kubota Garden Natural Area extends both north and south of Kubota Garden in Southeast Seattle

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The Pro Parks Levy's $10 million Green Spaces category funds acquisitions to preserve Seattles green spaces. The Oversight Committee included Kubota Garden Natural Area among 13 of the Citys adopted Green Spaces to be considered for acquisition.


Lise Ward, Senior Real Property Agent
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134


Thank you, Seattle. This Pro Parks Levy acquisition project is complete!

On January 31, 2007, Seattle Parks acquired a .84 acre property adjacent to Kubota Garden. Combined with the 2006 acquisition, these properties preserve more than 400 feet along Mapes Creek, and extend Parks ownership along Renton Ave S north of Kubota Garden.

In May 2006, Seattle Parks acquired a 0.45-acre property along Mapes Creek, next to Park-owned property in the Kubota Garden Natural Area. The property is north of Kubota Garden on Renton Ave. S.

The Kubota Garden Natural Area extends both north and south of Kubota Garden in Southeast Seattle


Kubota Garden
Kubota Garden
Kubota Garden

Mapes Creek runs through Kubota Garden Natural Area and several ponds in Kubota Garden.

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Hidden in South Seattle, Kubota Garden is a stunning 20 acre garden that blends Japanese landscape concepts with native Northwest plants. It is located at Renton Avenue S. and 55th Avenue South in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of South Seattle.

In the 1990s Parks and Recreation preserved 17 acres surrounding Kubota Garden to protect the natural landscape, wildlife habitat and Mapes Creek headwaters. In the 1990s Parks also preserved 2.8 acres along Mapes Creek in Sturtevant Ravine north of the garden.

In 1993, the City adopted the Greenspace Policy to encourage the preservation of green spaces in Seattle. The policy included maps for more than 30 greenspaces. The policy aimed to preserve natural landscape and habitat; provide natural buffers between land uses; mitigate noise and air pollution; reduce need for constructed storm water systems; and preserve natural drainage. Kubota Garden Natural Area was one of the green spaces mapped in the policy.

On November 12, 2002, the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee included Kubota Garden Natural Area among the green spaces to be further considered for acquisition through the Pro Park Levy Green Spaces category.


In addition to the Levy's funding for acquisition in the green space surrounding Kubota Garden, there is also a significant Levy project dedicated to improvements in the garden itself:


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