14th Ave NW – Gemenskap (Yuh-MEN-skawp) Park
Updated: April 20, 2017
Ballard, 14th Ave NW between NW 59th and NW 61st Streets
Approximately $2.9 million Parks and Green Spaces Levy acquisition funding will be allocated to the development of this project. Anticipated construction cost based on schematic design is $1.65 million.
Planning: 2012 - 2013
Design: October 2013 - March 2017
Construction: Summer - Fall 2017
Completion: Late 2017
Background: A meeting to discuss possible Ballard neighborhood park acquisitions was held in conjunction with Groundswell NW on October 6, 2009. Many ideas and locations were discussed and the consensus at the meeting was that Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) should focus on East Ballard. The community prioritized this development project in lieu of acquiring additional property.
Since the meeting SPR has worked on East Ballard community's vision of transforming the wide, underutilized 14th Avenue NW corridor into a park. Two public meetings have been held on this project. The first meeting was held on January 24, 2012. Approximately sixty people came from the neighborhood and commented on three options prepared by Mithun, in breakout sessions. SPR held the second public meeting for this project on March 7, 2012. Approximately 45 people attended. SPR staff and the design team from Mithun discussed the final schematic design. Fehr and Peers, traffic consultants, have summarized the Walking Audit and prepared a Parking Impact Memo. SPR hired Mithun as the design consultant on this project. Fehr and Peers Traffic Consultants, Mayfly Engineering and The Robinson Company(cost estimators) will be assisting in the design phase.
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides approximately $2.9 million for design and construction of the 14th Avenue Park Boulevard.
The project converts two full blocks of 14th Ave. NW to a new park between NW 59th and NW 61st streets with transition lanes to the park from the north and south. A park will replace the gravel parking median and portions of the existing concrete roadway. The project includes green infrastructure and incorporates safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
The design and construction of this project are funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Acquisition Fund, which provides $24 million for the acquisition of neighborhood parks in up to 20 identified areas throughout the City. The Ballard Residential Urban Village was included in that list. The community prioritized this development project in lieu of acquiring additional property.