About

Still in development, this park in the heart of the Greenwood/Phinney Urban Village has now been named Alice Ball Park. 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.

The design of the new park will feature a multi-use space that includes natural play elements, an open lawn, a gathering/plaza space with seating, a loop path, and planted areas. The project also includes low-impact design strategies featuring amended soils, porous concrete, and increased infiltration created by the new open space. In addition, better community connections will be provided through street improvements and a raised crosswalk connecting the Greenwood branch library to the park. These elements were identified by the community during the design phase of this project. The project is under construction and should be completed in late fall.  See the revised site plan and visit this page for a timeline of park development