Greenwood-Phinney Park Development (Alice Ball Park)

Updated: January 31, 2019

Winter 2018/19

Construction Update: 
We are well underway with construction of our new park and its really starting to take shape! The east retaining wall has been installed and the park has been brought to street level. The boulders from the library and temporarily stored at Magnuson have been brought back to the site. The loop pathway is starting to take shape, and the library plaza has been poured. This week the work in the right of way has started and the raised crosswalk work is underway. Soon you will see planting installation which will really bring the park to life!  We anticipate completion in late March or early April, weather pending. Check in on the website for updates on the park opening event!

The Greenwood/Phinney Landbanked site - just named Alice Ball Park - near the Greenwood Library will begin construction in late September with completion in early spring 2019. Alice Ball was an African American chemist who developed an injectable oil extract that was the most effective treatment for leprosy until the 1940s. Born in Seattle in 1892, Ball graduated from the University of Washington in 1915 and became the first woman, and African American, to graduate with a master's degree from the University of Hawaii. Her life was cut short at the age of 24. 

Reasonable bids allowed for inclusion of the pedestrian lighting additive for the project advocated for by the community and Seattle's Design Commission. The low bidder, Wyser construction, also worked on the demolition of the Bleacher's pub and a commercial mini mart that were on the property. In collaboration with SDOT the new park will feature a raised crosswalk connecting the library to the park and one singular sidewalk that will bring pedestrian flow off the street and into the open space. The raised crosswalk will feature a book and leaf design voted on by the community. The park also features a pervious concrete loop pathway, a large central open lawn, natural discovery and digging area, a reading nook, plaza, and many new trees and plantings. The Nature Discovery Trail has been moved south to provide more space and opportunities for exploration. See the revised site plan.

Thank you for the feedback we received regarding the crosswalk design options. See the online survey results. Once again Greenwood shows their passion and excitement for this new park with nearly 400 responses to the designs! The Page Turn option received the most responses. We will move forward refining this design concept to include it with the new park.

We also wanted to thank you for the comments we received in addition to the choices. Here you can see the comments represented graphically giving a visual on how the community envisions the crosswalk and the park.

A Wordyle graphic representation of feedback for the park and raised crosswalk design

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased two property sites between N. 81st and N. 82nd on the east side of Greenwood to develop a park (the mini-mart site purchased in November 2012 and the pub property immediately north purchased in July 2015).


Between N 81st St & N 82nd St on the east side of Greenwood Ave N, 98103


Seattle Park District provides $924,000 for planning, design and construction.


Planning: Spring 2016 - Fall 2016
Design: Fall 2016 - Fall 2017
Bidding: Early July 2018
Construction: Fall 2018 - Early Spring 2019
Completion: Early Spring 2019

Community Participation

Open House and Input Opportunity 6/25/2016

Public Meeting and Input Opportunity 11/2/2016

Final Public Meeting 2/1/2017