Yesler Terrace Park
Updated: March 8, 2017
Yesler Neighborhood Park project was officially named Yesler Terrace Park in spring 2017. The scope of this project is to develop a 1.7-acre neighborhood park that is part of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community. The intent of the park is to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of Yesler Terrace as well as people who live and work in the surrounding community. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $3,000,000 for a new park at Yesler Terrace. Additional funding has been secured from the Seattle Housing Authority, State of Washington Recreation Conservation Office Recreation Grant, RAVE Foundation, Stim Bullitt Park Excellence Fund, Wyncote Foundation, and Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Foundation. The overall budget now totals $4,330,000. Learn more on our Parkways blog.
Additional funding has been secured and design of the Park is progressing. Design has been adjusted to accommodate a soccer spot, fountain, large grass area, play area and plaza. Park design will continue through Fall 2016 and Construction will begin 1st Quarter 2017.
Project is currently on hold while additional funding options are explored to provide enhanced features and elements within the park. Once this fundraising process is completed later this summer Seattle Parks will provide an updated project schedule and timeline will be created.
More than 50 people attended the second public meeting August 28, 2014 at Yesler Community Center. Attendees were diverse in culture and age. The landscape architects presented a preferred schematic plan based on information gathered previously from the community and the landscape architects' inspiration from nature. Detailed drawings of the entry garden and stairs, open lawn, paved area and plaza were presented along with examples of different kinds of play equipment. The community was encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback.
At the first public meeting, held on April 24, 2014, the primary goal was to determine the location of park elements. Three options were shown with elements in different places and groupings. Parks learned that people wanted the spaces grouped together and near Yesler Way.
Design work prior to the first meeting started in the winter of 2014. Shwu-jen Hwang and Frank Robinson, Seattle Parks and Recreation Senior Landscape Architects, used information from studies, outreach and workshops in 2008 to develop use options for presentation to the first public meeting for the new Yesler neighborhood park.
Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture selected Christine Bourdette to create integrated public artwork for the Yesler Neighborhood Park Project. (Please read more here.)
The project is currently in the Planning Phase.
Presentations about the project were made by Parks staff at three meetings of the Yesler Community Council. Interpreters known and trusted by the communities translated into Vietnamese, Somali, Amharic and Tigrinya.
Two full Citizen Review Committees and one subcommittee specifically for neighborhoods and parks attended. The subcommittee informed Parks about the Health and Fitness report and discussed it with Parks staff. Parks has also participated in a Youth Media Program where students did videos about the neighborhood changes.
835 Yesler Way, Seattle 98122
The 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy provides $3,000,000 for a new park at Yesler Terrace. Additional funding has been secured from the Seattle Housing Authority, State of Washington RCO Recreation Grant, RAVE Foundation, Stim Bullitt Park Excellence Fund, Wyncote Foundation, Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Foundation. The overall budget now totals $4,330,000.
Design: Fall 2013 - Fall 2016
Construction: Spring 2018
Completion: Summer 2018
The scope of this project is to develop a 1.7 acre neighborhood park that is part of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community. The Seattle Housing Authority will transfer ownership of this property adjacent to the Yesler Park Community Center. Parks will develop the park using 2008 Parks and Green Spaces levy funding.
Yesler Terrace is being redeveloped from a low income housing development to a combination of low income housing, market rate housing, offices and community spaces. All the existing housing will be demolished and a variety of housing and building types will be built. The street grid will be partially restored.
The intent of the park is to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of Yesler Terrace as well as people who live and work in the surrounding community. The current residents are primarily from Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa. The people who participated in planning activities in 2008 expressed a desire for walking paths, open lawn, space for traditional cultural activities and sports, basketball and a covered space. These will be considered as part of a Parks public process that includes three public meetings and other opportunities to comment.
The project will provide safe and easily monitored open spaces using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and other design principles, it will reflect principles of environmental responsibility in the design and construction and will comply with the Federal standards for accessible design.
The acquisition of a neighborhood park in First Hill is identified in both the 2000 and 2008 parks levies. Park acquisition in First Hill has been a challenge due to the scarcity and cost of well suited property. SHA is willing to transfer the 1.8 acre property adjacent to the community center to DPR contingent upon DPR's agreement to develop the property into a neighborhood park. In this case, there will be a developed park for less money than the cost of the vacant property. The Department will be going to City Council in 2015 to transfer Levy acquisition funding to development funding for this park development. This project is in addition to the ongoing funded efforts to acquire additional park space on First Hill.