Culture and community will be the stars of the grand opening of the popular Duwamish River Park
by Aly Lande
The Port of Seattle and Duwamish Valley communities collaborated on a park vision, transforming the lands along the Duwamish River, rich in history and heritage, into something the community (and the Port) can be proud. After years of cleanup, restoration and construction, this vision comes to life on Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in South Park at the popular new Duwamish River Park and Shoreline Habitat.
This celebration will realize a 20-year vision to transform part of the contaminated riparian area into a safe green space for the local community and a salmon habitat refuge mimicking the environment that existed here before the last 100 years of industrialization. . It is vitally important to preserve these waterways because the Duwamish River is Seattle’s only river and home to endangered marine wildlife.
The grand opening will highlight the diversity of the Duwamish Valley and the South Park neighborhood, which is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse in the city. It will celebrate the victories of the community partnerships that have formed the backbone of this project over the past two decades and the innovations in conservation science that this site represents. That’s why the whole neighborhood and the greater Seattle community are invited to see this special place!
This event is free and open to all. Stop by and learn about performances, speeches, activities, tours, stalls, food and more. The nearby Duwamish River Community Hub, an economic development resource center for the community, will be open to visitors and have information booths.
Join us this Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the grand opening party as we open up this treasured site of green space and habitat for all to enjoy.
Here is a list of events:
- Free meal
- Park tours
- Kayaking trips
- Artistic activities for children
- Information booths
- Duwamish River Community Center Open House
- Language interpretation available all day at the park: Español, Việt, គុណនាម, Af Somali
Environmental education stands
These organizations will have educational kiosks at the Hub and Park locations.
The body of dirt
The organization’s mission is to create access to green careers for all, working for a healthy environment, engaging communities and supporting the regional economy. It is a collaborative team of professionals and community partners working together to increase access to green jobs to foster healthy communities.
Duwamish Valley Youth Corps
The Duwamish Valley Youth Corps is a youth engagement program focused on environmental justice and job skills.
A nonprofit urban environmental organization in Seattle established in the 1990s. They provide environmental solutions that meet the needs of businesses, people, and nature across Washington. Their goal is to foster thriving communities that are environmentally sustainable and equitable.
Live music and dancing
- Khmer Performing Arts Amarak
- Mariachi Mexico
Usually parked in the South Park business district and has served the area for over 20 years. Owner Judith Hererra loves this neighborhood because it’s one of Seattle’s most eclectic and diverse. There was a time when Muy Macho had walls, but with rising rents, Herrera took to his kitchen mobile to continue serving the community. Taste authentic Mexican cuisine!
Serves vegan food, bringing fresh, eco-friendly food to the South Park community. They have a passion for the planet and plant-based foods that are both delicious and healthy. The menu can best be described as a mix of Asian, Latin and Caribbean fusion. They believe in food justice and that everyone has the right to feed themselves from mother earth.
Full Recline Ice Cream
Was founded at White Center in 2008 by Ann Magyar and Justin Cline. They are known for their all-natural ice creams and frozen desserts that incorporate as many local ingredients as possible. They operate outlets in White Center, Columbia City, and Ballard that feature vintage arcade and pinball machines, a mix of sodas, great music, and the best beers in the Pacific Northwest.