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Where should a new park go in our ’hood?

Just a reminder that you can help plan a new park somewhere in Greenwood-Phinney. The Seattle Parks Department will meet with neighborhood folks from 6-7:45 p.m. next Monday, Nov. 2, at the Greenwood Library.
If you know of a spot in the neighborhood that would make a great park, then this is your chance to be heard. Funds for this new potential park are coming from the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy. Here’s the Parks Department’s acquisition criteria, to help you find a suitable site.

  • Site location within or adjoining the Urban Village
  • Minimum area = approximately 10,000 square feet (about 1/4 acre)
  • Frontage on key pedestrian routes
  • Flat terrain or gentle slope to facilitate ADA accessibility and uses such as short-term sitting and picnics, as well as to minimize site development costs
  • Sun orientation and avoidance of shading from existing or future Midrise buildings (i.e., location on SW or SE corner of block preferred)
  • Location adjoining existing and/or immediate future uses that will generate appropriate park uses and provide “eyes on the street” to deter inappropriate uses – both for as much of the day as possible
  • Willing sellers
  • “Underutilized” sites without existing uses or structures that contribute significantly to property value or to demolition costs; i.e., vacant properties or properties with “tear-down” buildings
  • Properties with no or minimal relocation costs; i.e., vacant properties or those with fewer tenants
  • Absence of development permit activity or development very early in process
  • Minimal remediation costs for hazardous materials