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Woodland Park Zoo Seattle Sensory Garden Development

Updated: June 11, 2019


The Sensory Garden is open! The community is encouraged to visit and experience the park. We opened the park in July 2018 when the project was substantially complete. There are a few garden elements and plantings that still need to be addressed.

We hope to have a community celebration in fall 2019.

With extensive community input, Fischer Bouma Partnership and Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology designed the garden. Construction began in July 2017.   

See photos of the Terrace/Trellis installation

Download the Sensory Garden Site Plan


Woodland Park Zoo - Rose Garden, 700 N 50th Street, 98108


The Opportunity Fund allocates $750,000 for the planning, design and construction of this project.


Planning: Spring 2015 
Design: Spring - Winter 2015 
Construction: Summer 2017 - Winter 2017/18
Completion: Spring 2018

Project Description

This project was selected for the second round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application received in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through the SPR public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal SPR process to ensure the most effective implementation.

Develop a five senses garden by adding enhanced sight, touch and smell elements with the intent to increase accessibility and providing a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Seattle Sensory Garden is an expansion of the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden on 1.3 acres of existing Zoo property.

Community Participation

Public Meeting #1 9/10/2015

Public Meeting #2 10/21/2015

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Interim Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813
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