Southwest Community Centers Archives – Parkways
Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Housing Authority invite the community to celebrate the new Yesler Terrace Park on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This new park provides a much-needed outdoor community gathering place and is located at 835 Yesler Way, right next to the Yesler Community Center. At noon, there will be an official inauguration ceremony. Throughout the celebration, Yesler Terrace Park will be filled with music, art and food trucks. The Seattle Sounders RAVE Foundation will sponsor activities on the soccer field, and the Seattle University men’s basketball team will host activities on the basketball court. Community activities will continue until 7 p.m. with a neighborhood movie night at 8 p.m.
With stunning views of downtown, Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier, Yesler Terrace Park is the new heart of the Yesler neighborhood. The park offers something for everyone within its two-acre footprint. A large plaza can accommodate community events, while providing a variety of smaller-scale spaces to gather and play.
Taking advantage of the topography of the site, the playground under the plaza includes play structures that straddle the level change and a slope for climbing and sliding. Sports facilities include a football pitch developed in partnership with the RAVE Foundation and a basketball court.
“We are so excited to open this new park which truly reflects our values of healthy people, healthy environment and strong communities. The design team worked closely with this diverse neighborhood and held many listening sessions to create a community-inspired park,” said Christopher Williams, Seattle Acting Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. “We listened and heard that the community wanted small and large gathering areas as well as active recreation spaces. Yesler Terrace Park offers it all. This park is a great collaboration with the community and the Seattle Housing Authority.
“The opening of the new Yesler Terrace Park represents a major step in the redevelopment of Yesler into a new model mixed-income community with a significant increase in affordable and other housing for Seattle,” said Andrew Lofton, executive director of Seattle Housing. Authority. “The park will inspire and enable healthy living, and provide an important civic gathering place for residents, neighbors from surrounding areas, and visitors from inside and outside Seattle to connect with one another. It really is a gem for the city.
Additionally, the park’s multi-layered stone sculptures by artist Christine Bourdette draw inspiration from the rich diversity of the communities and cultural experience of the neighborhood. Towers of Burble, the spraypark sculptures in the central water feature, and Conversation Clusters, the park’s sculptural seats, derive shapes of containers, baskets, and stools from the cultural traditions of those who migrated to this neighborhood. The artwork is funded by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 1% Arts Fund and administered by the Office of Arts and Culture.
The new park is the result of a successful partnership with the Seattle Housing Authority and public-private donations including the Seattle Parks Foundation, RAVE Foundation (the official charitable arm of the Seattle Sounders), Wyncote Foundation Northwest, Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation, The Community Parks Fund, Washington State Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, and Bureau of Arts and Culture. Local landscape architecture firm Site Workshop designed the project, and Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to Wyser Construction.
For more information about the project and the event, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/yesler-terrace-park or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-233-7929.