Seattle Parks and Recreation superintendent renames park along Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams has approved a new name for Burke-Gilman Playground, Trails Park. In 1983, the Park naming committee discussed the proximity of this park to Burke-Gilman Place Park and that formerly the the design of the park was complete, they would seek public input and choose a distinctive name – noting that it would be “a playground for all children”. The new name represents the trails around and through the park, and the connections that bring people together through inclusivity.

This neighborhood park along Sand Point Way connects to the Burke-Gilman Trail. SPR worked with the Eli’s Park project committee and the community to renovate the playground. The innovative renovation created an accessible, inclusive, nature-based park space where people of all ages, abilities and identities can find play and peace.

As part of the renovation, the community wanted to ensure the park has a name that reflects the vision for this park, located at 5201 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. The renovation project will be completed in the summer 2023 and includes improvements to the comfort station, parking lot, pedestrian lighting, improved stormwater management, irrigation, new plantings, art features, new play equipment, site furnishings , barbecues, bike racks and more. The improvements are in response to the community engagement efforts of the Eli’s Park project committee, which highlighted the desire for a park that is welcoming and accessible to all abilities. The approximately $4.8 million project was funded by a combination of private and public contributions.

Criteria considered for naming parks include geographic location, historical or cultural significance, park features, and natural or geological features.

For more information on the project, visit https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/projects/burke-gilman-playground-renovation and/or https://www.elispark.org /

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