Help name three new Seattle parks


Usually on “All Over The Map,” heard on Fridays on Seattle’s Morning News, we take, as Dave Ross says in the intro, “a quick peek at the stories behind the names of local places”.

This week, you may be the story of three Seattle parks that are yet to be named. It’s a perfect project for adults and kids to work together, especially in this time of self-isolation at home and looking for projects to help keep the mind sharp.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking public nominations to name three small parks. Two are in the Lake City area and one is in the International District. The deadline to submit an application is Friday May 1 and full details on how to submit are available on the Parks and Recreation website.

The three new parks are:

Little Saigon, at 12th Avenue and Jackson Street

This park already has the “working title” or generic name of “Little Saigon”, due to its location in that part of the International District around 12th Avenue and Jackson Street, where many businesses are operated by immigrants from the United States. Vietnam and their descendants (and which has been unofficially known as “Little Saigon” for several decades).

The “Little Saigon” First Hill Line tram stop is also adjacent to the park.

According to the Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) website:

SPR purchased this 0.27 acre site in 2013 to provide the community with access to open spaces in this high density urban area. SPR worked diligently throughout the park design process with the community and with the Little Saigon Park Committee made up of local business owners and community members, [Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority] SCIDPA and the Friends of Little Saigon. Through this work, the community identified key features in the park, including a view of the plaza, a multi-functional ramp at the Jackson entrance, a playground, a program, and a lawn for side events. from King Street and stairs to sit in the amphitheater. with an event space. The plantings will have bold textures and bright colors to reflect the Pan-Asian design.

Lake City Landbank site, at 12510 33e Avenue NE

This small park is in downtown Lake City, about a block east of Lake City Way and just north of NE 125th Street. The city bought the real estate in 2010, according to the principle of “land banking”, which consists of buying land for future use. In this case, it was parks and open spaces for a part of the city where the density has increased in recent times. There used to be a structure on the site – possibly a triplex – which has now been demolished.

According to the Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) website:

The new park will provide multigenerational appeal with a wide range of activities and green spaces in this urban neighborhood. The park will feature a basketball half court, climbing structures, ADA trail, picnic areas, open lawn, and bike racks. The park will feature sculptural works of public art by artist Elizabeth Gahan funded by the 1% for the Arts program.

NE 130th Street End, NE 130th Street by Lake Washington

This tiny 14,000 square foot lakefront plot of land has been in the news in recent years as neighboring owners and neighbors vied for access to the community – a battle that included fencing, prohibition signs intrusion, protests and legal action.

Ultimately, the city of Seattle bought the land, restored public access, and is in the process of formally integrating it into the park system. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, “this little beach is accessible on foot or by bike and is most easily accessible by the Burke-Gilman Trail.”

Paula Hoff, strategic advisor in the office of the superintendent of the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, says the best ideas for park naming ideas are reflected in Seattle’s official park naming criteria, which include ” reference to geographic location, historical or cultural significance, and geological feature (s).

“We’re asking people to look at the geography of the site, the history of the site’s location and any other information they feel is appropriate,” Hoff said earlier this week. “A lot of times people spend a lot of time researching and some people work in community groups to come up with name suggestions, and then others just throw away whatever comes to mind.”

For those who are homebound during the pandemic, online resources such as the King County Assessor’s Office, the Seattle Public Library, and even Google Maps can help inspire possible naming suggestions – from names of nearby geographic features, former owners, settlement history, and Native American history.

Suggestions for park names should be submitted in writing, by mail or by email by Friday, May 1, 2020, and should include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the name criteria: “Geographic location, historical or cultural significance and natural or geological features. “

Send name suggestions for one or more of the three parks to:

Seattle Parks and Recreation
Parks Naming Committee
100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109

You can also send your submissions by email to [email protected].

Paula Hoff says staff will compile the suggestions and provide them to the park naming committee, which the website says is made up of “a representative appointed by the council of park commissioners; one by the chair of the civic development, public goods and indigenous communities committee of the municipal council; and one by the Superintendent of Parks.

This committee will then make a recommendation to Seattle’s Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Jesús Aguirre. Aguirre will then make the final decision.

Hoff says the timing is uncertain to officially name these parks due to the pandemic and other variables that may arise in the process. However, it will likely take at least several months before the new names are announced.

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