Greenwood-Phinney Park Development (Alice Ball Park)

Updated: April 25, 2019

Spring 2019

Coming soon - details for a community celebration in mid-June! Watch this page.

Construction Update:
We are well underway with construction of our new park which is really taking shape. Trees for the park have been delivered and the site is starting to look like a park!

We had a delay in work for the majority of February as the critical path item to get complete was concrete and there are limitations with permeable concrete regarding temperature and snow.

Next steps include fine grading, more irrigation work, and lighting.

Seattle Public Utilities needs to visit the site to decommission the existing water meter and upsize the water meter for the park. This is scheduled for early May. At that point we will have water and can finish the planting. We also should have our power connection from Seattle City LIght by early May. Utility hook ups are one of the final items before opening.

The raised crosswalk design will be coming soon as well. There is a crack in the finish work of the crosswalk that will be addressed before the crosswalk design is installed.

The lawn once seeded will be fenced off for establishment. We can open the park and keep the fence up for lawn establishment. We anticipate the lawn will be established and ready for community use by fall 2019.

The Greenwood/Phinney Landbanked site - recently named Alice Ball Park - near the Greenwood Library began construction in late 2018 with completion scheduled for summer 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 - Late Spring 2019
Completion: Summer 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