Marra-Desimone Park

Updated: October 27, 2020

Fall 2020

We will open public bids for this project in fall and we hope to have construction underway by end of year.  We anticipate opening the park in early summer 2021.

Thank you to everyone who attended our public meetings. Seattle Parks and Recreation has completed design for the improvements of this 8.7 acre community park. We are working on permitting and construction documentation. 

Download the plan here.

This project provides the framework for future improvements. It includes some tree clearing, grading, improved ADA access, open meadows, common green lawn, overlook picnic area, a loop trail/path and paved parking area, and landscape and new irrigation. This phase does not include a play area.

At the initial meeting Seattle Parks and Recreation and Barker Landscape Architects provided background on the project, and gathered community input on park elements and design features. The park improvements focus on park access for all, safety in design with good site-lines, space for community well-being with recreation and gathering spaces, and an enhanced farm and garden.

As part of our commitment to outreach, the planning for this project involved meetings with the Latino community, Vietnamese community, and other diverse communities of the South Park area.

Marra Farm

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods are also making improvements to Marra Farm. For more information please visit Rejuvenate Our P-Patches.


Marra-Desimone Park, 9026 4th Avenue South, 98108


The Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $1.7 million to this project for planning, design, and construction.


Planning: 2015
Design & Permitting/Bidding: 2015 - 2020
Construction: December 2020 - June 2021
(During construction 5.5 acres of the 8.5 acre park will be closed. Marra Farm will remain open.)

Project Description

This project will develop the park, which includes the Marra Farm, Seattle's largest site for urban gardening, in accordance with the Long Range Development Plan. Download the Draft Layout.

Community Participation

Public Meeting 9/15/15

Public Meeting 11/5/15