12th Avenue Park & Woonerf – Grand Opening

Seattle Parks and Recreation and 12th Avenue Stewards announce the grand opening celebration of 12th Ave Square Park on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 5-7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk. Headlining the event is Naomi Wachira, Winner of Seattle Weekly’s 2013 “Best Folk Singer” award. The ribbon-cutting event will kick-off with a trio from the Garfield High Jazz Band. The event is sponsored in part by Swedish Medical Center Foundation and will include refreshments provided by Cherry Street Coffee, Ba Bar Restaurant, and Starbucks Coffee. It is free and open to the public.

The 12th Ave Square Park is located at E. James Court and 12th Avenue between Ba Bar and Cherry Street Coffee House in the Squire Park neighborhood.  It is a great community-gathering place.

Hewitt Architects collaborated with artist and Squire Park resident Ellen Sollod on the park design. The artistic sculptural canopy structure called “Cloud Veil” hovers over a rounded blue “pillow” and the wavy concrete paving design grew out of the collaboration. The park’s unique design also includes a beautiful community table, rain gardens with lush plantings to extend the feeling of open space for the entireblock on E. James Court, a single west-bound lane.

The creation of this new public space was made possible with funding from the Seattle Parks and Green Space Levy Opportunity Fund, the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, Seattle Parks Foundation Stim Bullitt Parks Excellence Fund, and Seattle Department of Transportation.

For more information about the park or to get updates on the upcoming event please contact karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.


Did You Know...

That the 12th Avenue Square Park and Woonerf (a street shared by pedestrians and cars) is under construction? The community has worked long and hard for this to happen, it will be a small urban pocket park, and has captured part of E. James Court for the first Woonerf in our neighborhood. The park will feature art by local Squire Park resident artist Ellen Sollod. Expected completion and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for this fall.

So inspired by the Woonerf at James Court, the 12th Avenue Stewards obtained a neighborhood grant, and hired Hewitt Architects to create a concept plan for a Woonerf on E. Remington Court. It has a long journey ahead to evolve, there is some hope that it can be constructed when work occurs at the
King County Juvenile Justice Center.

Aiming for pedestrian safety and with a Department of Neighborhoods Grant, a new pedestrian crossing has been installed at E. Cherry and 13th Avenue! Go try it out, but still look both ways before crossing!




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