Seward Park Torii Gate

Updated: October 1, 2020

Fall 2020

Construction for the Seward Park Torii began in August 2018. The stone column and timber beam elements have been fabricated off site. We anticipate they'll be delivered to the park in early October. The project will be complete in fall 2020. A plan for the Torii can be viewed here.


Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, 98118


This project is funded with Department of Neighborhood grants and community fundraising.


Planning and Design: Complete
Bidding: May 2018
Construction: Summer 2018 - Fall 2020

Project Description

This project replaces the 26-foot timber Torii that was constructed at the entrance to Seward Park in 1934 by Seattle's Japanese American community as part of the International Potlatch celebration. The Torii was removed in the mid-1980's due to decay. The new Torii will be constructed of basalt columns with a timber cross beam. Improvements also include a pathway and plaza that will meet ADA requirements for accessibility. For more information about the history of the Torii, please see the Friends of Seward Park website.