First Hill Park Redesign

Updated: January 28, 2021

Thank you, Seattle! This park is open.

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to Green Tech Excavation, Inc. for this project. Construction began in early March and park elements of artwork and landscaping, are scheduled for completion in early November. Work will then progress to work in the right of way including street trees, landscaping, and seating elements. All work is scheduled to be complete by late November. 

Download the design.

Thank you to all who attended the February 2017 meeting to update the neighborhood on the project, discuss the trees that were removed because of ill health and present the new design. 

For the design, Seattle Parks and Recreation's arborist prepared a report that outlines the removal of trees that were in ill health and identified which could be pruned in order to reduce strain.
Download the arborist report.

The First Hill community funded art for the redesigned park. They awarded the art project to Georgia and Randy Gerber. They are producing a bronze sculpture for the park. You can view details about the sculpture from their proposal document here.


First Hill Park, Minor Ave & University St, 98101


$25,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple grant for planning

$1 million for design and construction


Design: Complete
Bidding & Construction: December 2019 - Late Fall 2020

Project Description

This project aims to envision, research, enhance, and design a new future for First Hill Park. The process is to be based in an understanding of the community's desires and needs, with the ultimate goal of implementing a design with the most positive impact for the greatest number of people.

FHIA, and our partners at SiteWorkshop, will work with the Parks and Recreation Department and the surrounding community to perform a community engagement and outreach plan which ultimately produces enhancements to the amenities and design of First Hill park. The schematic proposal will be reviewed and adopted by the community and the Parks Department throughout the process, and constructed in the mid-term.

Our vision is to make First Hill Park a vibrant, welcoming, and safe open space in our neighborhood where people of all ages and abilities can relax and play and which increases public safety, contributes to neighborhood wellness and connectivity, and builds community.

Community Participation

Additional Information Contact:
Doug Holtom - First Hill Improvement Association Director

Public Meetings
#1: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
#2: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
#3: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Download the meetings mailer