City of Seattle, WA

10/16/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2020 18:15

Seattle Parks and Recreation needs your input on three design concepts for Spruce Street Mini Park Play Area

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) is renovating Spruce St Mini Park Play Area, a neighborhood park in the central area (21st Ave. and E Fir St.) and needs community feedback on three design concepts. Please review design concepts and provide input by taking this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H5L7TLB (translated into Spanish) and help shape the future play area.

The design team incorporated the community's early input into the three play area concepts designs. In addition to the online survey SPR will host an informational pop-up at the park on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide an additional input opportunity. We encourage everyone to participate online as much as you can but also invite you to meet the design team and provide feedback at this event. Due to the COVID-19 and if you choose to attend the pop-up event, face masks and social distancing is required. If you, or anyone in your family, are feeling sick or have a fever, please stay home. We want everyone to be safe.

We wanted to thank the 70 people who participated in the first survey for this project. Your input helped jumpstart the play area design process. When asked to rank what features would improve your enjoyment of the play area and the park, we heard the community's top priorities include play features for both younger and older kids, more benches/picnic tables to sit or gather, incorporation of art, and better lighting for safety. When we asked what is the community character or identity that best reflected in the park, many expressed a strong support in honoring the African American community and the local culture and history of the Central District neighborhood.

SPR is partnering with the Office of Arts & Culture and will collaborate with the community on public art to be included in this play area renovation project. The Office of Arts & Culture has hired the artist team of Hasaan Kirkland (www.hasaankirkland.com) and Damon Brown (www.creativelou.com) to work with the community to decide what type of artwork (e.g., murals, small sculptures) would best reflect the neighborhood. Visit the project website to get involved.

For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/spruce-street-mini-park-play-area-renovation or contact Janice Liang at [email protected] or 206-507-3058.