Cayton Corner Park

Updated: June 8, 2017


The Friends of Cayton Corner is beginning a partnership with the Central Co-op, located across the street. The Co-op will assist with events and fundraising.

Cayton Corner was presented as part of the University of Washington's Out in Front event on urban design; see attached poster at right.

The next step of the project is the construction of sidewalk improvements while protecting the big leaf maple. It is funded by the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. Concurrently, construction documents for the rest of the park are funded with Neighborhood Matching Funds.


1831 E Madison St


$15,300 Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) for schematic design
$25,000 Small and Simple NMF for design development and construction drawings
$51,436 Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (for 2016 construction)


Planning: 2012
Design: 2013 - 2015
Construction: 2016 - 2018
Completion: (TBD)

Project Description

The current development project will add much needed public green space to the busy Madison corridor, link the Central District and Capitol Hill, represent the community through design and the namesake history and beautify what is currently an empty lot.


The intent of initial Opportunity Fund project was to acquire an open space for the neighborhood.

The acquisition was selected for the first round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application received in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park’s public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.

Past Work

An Open House was held at the park on August 25, 2015 to show park design development plans to the neighbors. Nearly forty people reviewed the plans, met the community group and each other, asked the landscape architect questions and had snacks. An informative flier handout was available helping many people walking by learn about the plans for the first time.

The consultant and the community group are working with Seattle Parks and Recreation to complete the design development phase. This phase is based on the schematic design. Details such as path grades, dimensions and plant types will be refined. The site has some challenges for the designer. It is steep and is next to E. Madison Street, an arterial.  There is a beautiful large tree that is erupting into the sidewalk; the tree will remain in the project as an anchor design element.

Tree to be preserved at Cayton Corner

A community decision to include a slide works well with the grade but is unusual and the details are being worked out by the landscape architect.

Parks and the community hope that the people who use the Hearing Speech and Deafness Center next door will enjoy the new park. To this end a meeting took place to discuss the future park with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have communication disorders. At this meeting, the consultant, the community and Parks learned what features will make the park the most desirable.

This builds upon the $25,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund award received in December 2013 to complete a schematic design for the park. The Friends of (what was called then) 19th and Madison Park used their NMF award to hire J.A. Brennan and Carolyn Law to complete a schematic design and a preliminary cost estimate for the park. This work was completed and the Design Report  attached.

This site was acquired with the condition that the maintenance of any development be performed by community members. SeattleWorks will work with Parks and the community to do this. Tomilyn Rupert represents SeattleWorks ("Do Something"), the organization that will be organizing monthly maintenance work parties for this site. The Friends of 19th and Madison conducted a neighborhood survey and received 171 responses.

This Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund acquisition is complete. Parks staff completed the acquisition of the 4,500 square foot, triangular-shaped lot on April 29, 2011. A consortium of neighborhood organizations will work with Seattle Parks on planning, design and construction of the new park.

Community Participation

Open House Public Meeting 8/25/2015