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Bradner Gardens Park is a new 1.6-acre park in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of southeast Seattle at 29th Avenue South and South Grand Street.

Enter the park through one of three arbors that were designed, fabricated and installed by University of Washington architecture students in the Howard S. Wright Design / Build Studio under the tutelage of instructor Steve Badanes.

Winding paths connect the many features of Bradner Gardens Park. Stroll past seven ornamental theme gardens of the Master Gardener border: butterfly & hummingbird, fragrance, sensory, shade, xeriscape, winter interest and northwest native. Watch the bees buzz the 61 p-patch plots. Learn the alphabet under the watchful eye of the baby scarecrow in the children's A to Z garden. Learn how to grow food crops in the Seattle Tilth and Urban Food demonstration gardens. Watch birds take shelter in the native plant habitat. See more than 50 varieties of ornamental street trees recommended for small spaces and under utility lines.

Play basketball on the renovated court that has one regulation hoop and one adjustable hoop. See the 33-foot-tall vintage (1916 to 1933) Aermotor windmill that circulates water from the seasonal pond to the dry streambed next to the children's play area. Discover art throughout the garden: scarecrows, decorated hose bibs and pillars, a Buster Simpson wind vane, and fish signs. Sit on the salmon bench carved from a maple log by Chris Vondrasek. Watch a basketball game from the mosaic bench decorated by Coyote Junior High students. Let your eyes wander from the garden weasel wind chime by Clair Colquitt to the trellis made from garden tools. Stroll across the foot bridge to sit in the shelter of the leaf-shaped pavilion built by the architecture students.

Community volunteers worked with Barker Landscape Architects to design Bradner Gardens Park in cooperation with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. Friends of Bradner Gardens Park is a special collaboration of residents of the Mt. Baker Community and the following horticultural organizations:

  • King County Master Gardeners
  • Seattle P-Patch Program
  • Seattle Tilth Association
  • WSU Cooperative Extension Master Urban Gardeners

Friends of Bradner Gardens Park maintain the gardens in cooperation with DPR staff. Bradner is a pesticide-free park that uses sustainable gardening practices.

Current Project

Bradner Playground Play Area Renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation is in the planning phase for a major maintenance project at Bradner Gardens that will enhance safety and improve overall accessibility of the park in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project will upgrade play area structures and basketball features along with making ADA improvements.

Schedule: Winter 2020/2021
Budget: $150,000

For additional information please contact Peggy Tosdal at:
Peggy.Tosdal@seattle.gov or (206) 419-3136

Special Event Spaces

This park has a special event space that you can rent for your next gathering! Learn more on our rentals page.