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Pioneer Square Area Parks Improvements - Pioneer Square Park and Occidental Park
Pro Parks Project Information

Pioneer Square

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Public Meeting #3
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
319 Second Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98104


Patrick Donohue, Project Manager
800 Maynard Ave S. 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134


Occidental Square

The park is now open!

Parks has recently removed all of the construction fencing as the last of the work along the eastern edge of the Occidental Mall has been completed.

Parks is preparing to begin the design process including public input on the proposed new 625 square foot structure/kiosk to be located in the SE corner of the park.
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Lawsuit pending
This project continues to be in litigation. As the project was nearing construction in the summer of 2005, two citizens appealed the City's design and development decisions to the Hearing Examiner.

The mission of the City's Hearing Examiner is to conduct fair and impartial administrative hearings where jurisdiction has been granted to review actions of various City departments. The Office of the Hearing Examiner is separate and independent from all other City departments and the Hearing Examiner's decision is usually the City's final decision.

The Hearing Examiner ruled in favor of the Parks Department on Monday, Oct. 31, clearing the way for Parks to move forward with improvements to Occidental Square. However, the appellants exercised their rights and filed an appeal of the Hearing Examiners ruling to King County Superior Court. The case was heard by the King County Superior Court in June 2006. The court handed down its verbal ruling on November 9, 2006.

The Court remanded the Parks Department issued Determination of Non-significance (DNS) back to Parks for further analysis of any potential impact that the parks design and renovation project might have on the long term health of the 43 London Plain trees which remain in the renovated park.

Additionally, the Court remanded back to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) the Certificate of Authorization grant to Parks which allowed the park renovation be undertaken. The Court directed DON to review the approval of Parks request to demolish the 1970s glass and steel shelter structure which was located in the SE corner of Occidental Square Park.

Both Parks and DON are currently reviewing options to comply with the Court's ruling.

Mayor Greg Nickels speaks to community members and the media on Nov. 26, 2004 at the dedication event for improvements to Pioneer Square Park.
Pioneer Square Park: A community event was held in November, 2004 to celebrate the completion of Levy improvements to Pioneer Square Park.

The improvements included: Removal of cobblestones and replacement with new accessible pavers; removal of two unhealthy trees; improvement of drainage; relocation and repair of benches; relocation of the phone booth; renovation of the garden to feature native plantings; renovation of the Chief Sealth fountain; and provision of electrical outlets for events and decorations.

Pioneer Square
The Pro Parks Levy provides $893,877 project costs of planning, design and construction. The City's 2005 budget provides an additional $1,200,000. The South Downtown Foundation has also provided $240,730 for specific improvements.
Planning: Summer and Fall of 2002
Design: Completed Fall 2005
Construction: Anticipated Spring 2006 through Fall 2006
Completion: 2006


The final approved design for this park renovation responds to direction given to Parks by the community, the City Council Park Committee and the Architecture Review Board of the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.

In the final design we considered, What can we do to transform Occidental Square into an active, vibrant, and neighborhood enhancing public space so enjoyable that it is sought out by the people who live in, work in, and visit Pioneer Square? The design integrates more than two years of community input, as well as recommendations from a Project for Public Spaces report completed during 2004.

The Board of Park Commissioners held a public hearing and recommended approval of the schematic to the Parks Superintendent at their meeting in late summer 2004. The Superintendent reviewed their recommendation and input from community meetings this past year and recommended proceeding as described in his October 26, 2004 letterYou will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.


PPS Report on Occidental Square
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The Pioneer Square Community Association is working with Parks to involve the community in this project.
PSCA Contact:
Craig Montgomery
Pioneer Square Community Association


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