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Counterbalance Park: An Urban Oasis (formerly Queen Anne Park) Acquisition
Pro Parks Project Information

Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St (700 Queen Anne Ave N)

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About 150 attended a community gathering on June 18, 2004 to celebrate the acquisition of this property for a new park. The event was sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Uptown Alliance.


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Lise Ward, Senior Property Agent
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Avenue South, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336
Thank you, Seattle. This Pro Parks Levy acquisition project is complete!

In April 2004, Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the .28 acre vacant property at the northeast intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy Street.

Pro Parks Levy funds provided the match to obtain a King County Conservation Tax grant toward the purchase of the property.
Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St (700 Queen Anne Ave N)


The Pro Parks Levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2000 designated funds to acquire property for a new park in the Uptown urban center.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with the Uptown Alliance and other community groups, identified several potential sites for a new park in the Uptown neighborhood.

An extensive planning process was conducted to select a priority site for the new park. The process included community meetings, a walking tour and an open house. The property at Queen Anne Ave N and Roy Street was the community's priority property for acquisition, and in April 2004, the property was acquired by Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Public meeting on June 26th, 2002.Public meeting on June 26th, 2002.
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On June 18, 2004 the community gathered to celebrate the purchase of property at Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St. for a new park.

The site selection process for this acquisition project included:

June 13, 2002: Community meeting
Discussion of potential sites and possible park uses to be included in site feasibility studies.

June 22, 2002: Walking tour of potential park sites and report on planning status.

July 11, 2002: Open House and Community Meeting
- Presentation of site concept drawings
- Preliminary recommendations from the community for site priorities and possible park uses.

July-September: Publicity in the Uptown neighborhood about potential sites

September 12, 2002: Community Meeting
- Parks and Recreation update on process, and recommendations for priority site and possible park uses.
- Community presents feedback and comments regarding Parks recommendations.

April 2004: Parks and Recreation acquired the priority site identified by the community: the .28 acre vacant property at the northeast corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St.
2005: Planning and design for park development is scheduled to begin in 2005, through the Pro Parks Levy. (See the development project webpage.)


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