While there are several Ballard parks that have Norwegian names, this is the first with a Swedish name. Gemenskap (pronounced Yuh-MEN-skawp) is the Swedish word for community. The park is so named because it was a community-initiated project, and because of the area's Swedish history and influence. Gemenskap Park provides open space for the Ballard neighborhood by converting a two-block gravel parking median into new park space, with green infrastructure and safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Acquisition Fund provided $24 million for the acquisition of neighborhood parks in up to 20 identified areas throughout the City. The Ballard Residential Urban Village was included in that list and the community prioritized this development project in lieu of acquiring additional property.

During the public process, the community provided input about the desire to plant flowering trees.  As part of the development, serviceberry will be planted in the stormwater planting area.  With the planting of the serviceberry, SPR will have replaced the old parking strip trees, many of which were diseased, at the required 2:1 ratio. 

See this page for more information on Gemenskap Park planning and development.