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Ella Bailey Park received an award from Mayor Greg Nickels and The Seattle Design Commission. The Seattle Design Commission's Design Excellence Award was give to the project for excellence in design particularly for restrained design to set off views, balance of spaces, and creative use of slopes.
Thank you Seattle this project is complete!
The grand opening celebration was held on May 12, 2007. The event included music, cupcakes, clowns soccer fun and over 200 neighbors. Contractor A-1 Landscaping and Construction worked hard to keep this project on track. Due to the effects of the late summer concrete strike and several heavy storms over the winter, the construction schedule was extended. Parks anticipated the project being substantially complete by mid-April, barring any additional delays due to weather.
PROJECT DESCRIPTIONElla Bailey Park, formerly, Magnolia Elementary Playfield, is a new $1.4 million Pro Parks neighborhood park development of a 2.4-acre asphalt playground at 2601 West Smith St. that had been leased to Seattle Schools. Schools will retain its adjacent property for possible future use. The Park site has panoramic views of downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier. Site Workshop Landscape Architects and Parks have developed a schematic plan that reclaims a derelict playfield as a spectacular and vibrant park.
The Park is named after Ella Bailey, who in 1929, wrote to Seattle Parks and Recreation and offered to sell the land to the City. She was a teacher for more than 30 years, and realized the importance of city parks and playfields. She wanted the land secured for a children’s playfield. On Nov. 14, 1929 she sold this land to the Parks Department for $3,250.
Pro Parks Levy Language: Develop site to the east of the school into a park. Consider development of a playfield, gathering area, and other park amenities as part of park development.
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COMMUNITY PARTICIPATIONFriends of the park helped raise money to purchase play equipment and to enhance park furnishings at Magnolia Elementary Playfield.
Parks held three community meetings to discuss the park plans. At the April 28, 2005 meeting about 40 community members suggested design ideas for the new park. At the June 15, 2005 community meeting, over 70 people came to the park site to review three design concepts for the park. At the final design meeting on September 22, 2005, community members commented on a final schematic design that was recommended by the Board of Park Commissioners on October 28, 2005.
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Updated 6/13/2007 10:47
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