South Park Plaza Landbanked Site Park Development

Updated: October 27, 2022

Fall 2022

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) recently secured a King County Healthy Communities Grant to help fund the cultural/community elements for this park. These include the solar charging station project elevated by the Duwamish Valley Sustainability Association and the multi-cultural elements for the “South Park” sign, tile work for the plaza seat wall in the park, and Indigenous people's stories in pathways, stone erratic and interpretive exhibits. SPR will be reaching out to the community in the next couple months to present the design and gather additional support for moving the cultural elements forward. The design team is nearing 90% design documents and will bring the project to the Seattle Parks and Recreation internal review for the technical issues.  We anticipate putting the project out to bid in the first quarter of 2023 with construction during the summer – with completion in the fall of 2023.

The design team presented to the Seattle Design Commission on November 18, 2021. To see the presentation and learn more about the project view this PDF document. The project design includes an open lawn, primary event space, play elements, seating terraces, accessible pathways, bio-swales, irrigation, and landscape improvements. This project is also collaborating with SDOT on South Dallas Street, and 14th Avenue South bridge and South Orr Street accessibility, and circulation improvements for pedestrians and vehicles at this important open space connection between South Park's Business District and the river.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the two outreach events in October 2021. The October 12 meeting focused on themes, colors, and cultures for South Park Plaza and the October 16 meeting focused on elements and infrastructure needs for events at the Plaza. These events are opportunities to offer creative ideas on how to integrate the cultures of South Park into your new park. If you have additional input please send Jay Rood, the project manager an email.  

The planning and design team thanks everyone who participated in the public process for this park. We have gathered input from the November 2019 meeting and three online surveys to prepare the schematic design. 

Location

8456 Dallas Ave S, 98108

Budget

Seattle Park District provides $2,083,725 for planning, design, and construction.

Schedule

Planning: 2018 - 2019
Design: 2019 - 2022
Construction: Spring 2023 with completion in Fall/Winter 2023

Project Description

This 0.83 acre site located along the South Park River Walk, an element of the South Park Green Spaces Vision Plan will provide the South Park community access to open space within this high density urban area

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the design team are finalizing the design which includes an open lawn, primary event space, play elements, seating terraces, accessible pathways, bio-swales, irrigation and landscape improvements.

SPR purchased the site in 2014. The Seattle Park District funds the development of this parcel into a park. This parcel will not be accessible during construction.

Community Participation

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request. The Determination of Non-Significance was issued December 23, 2021.
Download the DNS document for additional information
Download the Analysis and Decision of SPR
View the SEPA Environmental Checklist document here
South Park Plaza Site Plan

Please continue to participate in the public process as we work together to design your new park space.

The design team presented to the Seattle Design Commission on November 18, 2021. To see the presentation and learn more about the project view this PDF document.

Survey #2 Results Summer/Fall 2020

Survey #3 Results Spring/Summer 2021

January 2021 Press Releases South Park area projects update: (English; Spanish; Vietnamese)

April 2021 Press Releases Schematic design review and survey: (English; Spanish; Vietnamese)

Public Meeting 11/16/2019

2019 Online Survey Results

Public Meetings 10/12&16/2021