Seward Park Torii Gate

Updated: January 26, 2021

Early 2021

The Torii is substantially complete. The site is open except for temporary orange fencing to protect soil until the contractor has a weather window for seeding and established growth.

Completed Seward Park Torii gate with temporary orange fencing to protect planting area until established


Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, 98118


This project is funded with Department of Neighborhood grants and community fundraising.


Planning and Design: Complete
Bidding: May 2018
Construction: Summer 2018 - Fall 2020

Project Description

This project replaces the 26-foot timber Torii that was constructed at the entrance to Seward Park in 1934 by Seattle's Japanese American community as part of the International Potlatch celebration. The Torii was removed in the mid-1980's due to decay. The new Torii will be constructed of basalt columns with a timber cross beam. Improvements also include a pathway and plaza that will meet ADA requirements for accessibility. For more information about the history of the Torii, please see the Friends of Seward Park website.
A plan for the Torii can be viewed here.