University Heights Open Space South Lot

Updated: March 21, 2016

Thank you Seattle! This project is complete!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the completion of the University Heights project. Fencing around the lawn will remain up until the opening celebration on March 19, 2016 to protect the turf. Please mark your calendar for the ribbon cutting event on the 19th.

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to WS Contractor. Seattle Parks and Recreation and University Heights Center collaborated on a revised plan that eliminates a driveway along Brooklyn Ave NE within UHCC property to allow more landscaped area and to preserves more of the current play yard space. A mid-block entry from NE 50th St. was also eliminated. Geo-technical work was completed in 2012 to help design the rain gardens. All design and long-term maintenance agreements have been finalized. The greatest change is tied to the fact that the Farmers Market moved to University Way in the fall of 2014. This reduces some of the details and improvements that the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance and UHCC had been seeking to accommodate the Saturday market. This change allows some flexibility in the design. In fact the project was on-hold for several months as UHCC and NMFA tried to negotiate a long term agreement.

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University Heights Plaza, University Way NE and NE 50th Street


The Pro Parks Levy provides $254,000 for planning, design and portion of construction costs.
The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund provides $747,000 for construction.


Planning: January - March 2011
Design: April 2010 - Summer 2015
Construction: September - November 2015
Completion: December 2015

Project Description

Create a multi-use community open space for public use on the south side of University Heights Center for the Community (UHCC), including a performance area/plaza, rain gardens to improve storm water quality, landscaped areas and other amenities. The design will incorporate the farmers market use on a portion of Parks property and the removal of parking from the Parks-owned portion of the site.

This project is one of fifteen community initiated projects that received Opportunity Funds, and combines $254,000 development funds from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and $747,000 funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. The application received from the community is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the actual project budget. All Opportunity Fund 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.

Download the Design Development Plan