Cayton Corner Park

Updated: July 26, 2018

Friends of Cayton Corner meet 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in the Hannah Grunbaum Board Room of the HSDC building, 1625 19th Ave.
View a report from the Capitol Hill Times on the December 5, 2017 meeting.

Summer 2018

The Friends of Cayton Corner are busy fundraising to complete the new urban greenspace. Donations can be made through the Seattle Parks Foundation. In addition to neighborhood friends and long-term partners, such as the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center and Feet First, Aegis Senior Living has joined the steering committee as a major partner.

The preferred schematic design, recommended by community partners, received final approval by Seattle Parks and Recreation in mid-March.
Download the schematic design

The next step is for the Friends of Cayton Corner to apply for funding from the Community Partnership Fund at the Department of Neighborhoods. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) installed the new sidewalk in April 2018.

New sidewalk at Cayton Corner Park April 2018

The Friends of Cayton Corner, along with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods and many new friends and partners met on September 12, 2017 to lay out a plan for making the park a reality!  People came forward with skills in fundraising, outreach, event planning, administration, organizing, and more to make this park a success. The Hearing Speech and Deaf Center is a major partner along with Feet First (a non-profit that supports walkable communities) and Central Co-op. Norah Kates, Broadway Hill Park steering committee member, reviewed and discussed their community process, successes and lessons learned. Her talk was inspiring to all.

A design discussion was held and the notes are below

Work in conjunction with SDOT on the Madison Bus Rapid Transit to further improve the right-of-way along Madison and adjacent park features is on-going.


1831 E Madison St, 98122


$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


Planning: 2012
Design: 2013 - 2015
   Phase I: Use the Neighborhood Park & Street Fund (NPSF) for 19tth Ave sidewalk improvements in late 2017 or early 2018
   Phase II: Use Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and public support for construction in 2018 - depends on the new fundraising team

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

Public Meeting 9/12/2017

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