Go on a Self-Guided Tour of First Hill with the Park-to-Park Map

The First Hill Improvement Association has created a neighborhood walking loop that connects Freeway Park to the upcoming Yesler Terrace Park. The Park-to-Park Path is 1.5 miles round-trip and showcases the many  landmarks of First Hill. Check out First Hill’s iconic tree canopy, historic buildings, excellent views of SoDo, Beacon Hill and Downtown, street art and parks! The Park-to-Park Path is great for residents and visitors alike to get outside and explore all that the neighborhood has to offer. First Hill is undergoing a lot of changes, but the neighborhood has maintained its history and this walking loop showcases the past and future of the neighborhood.

Download to print the Park-to-Park Path here!


Public Meeting on First Hill Park

On Tuesday, February 28th from 6:00p to 7:30p at the Stimson-Green Mansion there will be a public meeting regarding the updates, schedule and next steps for the construction of First Hill Park.

We will be hearing from the Parks Department as well as the landscape architects involved in this project. We hope to see you there!

Submit an idea for a small-scale improvement in a park or street in First Hill

Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is an opportunity for community members to directly decide how to spend $2,000,000 of the City’s budget on small-scale physical improvement projects in Seattle’s parks & streets (i.e. crosswalks, medians, flashing beacons, sidewalk repair, curb ramps, park benches, trail improvements etc.).  Each project must be under $90K.

Throughout the month of February, Your Voice, Your Choice will be collecting ideas!  Click here to submit your project idea(s)!

In March, project development teams in each district will evaluate ideas received based on need/impact/feasibility and choose ten projects to advance to a community-wide vote in June.  If you are interested in being on a project development team for your district, please sign up here.   

First Hill Park Redesign is Entering Phase 2!

We know it’s been a while since there have been any updates about the redesign of First Hill Park. Fret not! There will be a public meeting about the 2nd phase of the design development on

Tuesday, February 28th 
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Stimson-Green Mansion (1204 Minor Avenue) 

By the end of phase 2, we plan to be 65% done with the overall design and construction documents. Phase 3 should begin at the beginning of May, with construction expected to start in January of 2018.

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please contact alex@firsthill.org

Help Name the new Yesler Park!

Yesler Terrace is getting a new 1.7-acre park, and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department (SPR) is seeking nominations for the park’s name! Help shape the future of the neighborhood by submitting your ideas!

The deadline for submitting suggested names for the planned Yesler Neighborhood Park is February 1, 2017.  SPR is collaborating with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) on outreach regarding the naming process. Over the next two months, SHA will be communicating with Yesler residents, external organizations, and residents and businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods to solicit park name suggestions.

Please submit suggestions for Yesler Neighborhood Park names to the Parks Naming Committee by Feb. 1, 2017. Include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria, included below. Send to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Parks Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to Paula Hoff at paula.hoff@seattle.gov.

Yesler Neighborhood Park

The scope of this project is to develop a 1.7-acre neighborhood park that is part of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community. The intent of the park is to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of Yesler Terrace as well as people who live and work in the surrounding community. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $3,000,000 for a new park at Yesler Terrace. Additional funding has been secured from the Seattle Housing Authority, State of Washington Recreation Conservation Office Recreation Grant, RAVE Foundation, Stim Bullitt Park Excellence Fund, Wyncote Foundation, and Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Foundation. The overall budget now totals $4,330,000. More information can be found here<http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/yesler-neighborhood-park>.

About the Parks Naming Committee and Park Naming Policy

The Parks Naming Committee is comprised of one representative designated by the Board of Park Commissioners, one by the Chair of the City Council Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee, and one by the Parks Superintendent. Criteria the committee considers in naming parks include: geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features. The Park Naming Policy, clarifying the criteria applied when naming a park, can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/namingPolicy.htm

The Parks Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, who makes the final decision.

Attend the Convention Center Addition Public Benefits Open House 12/7

To build the Washington State Convention Center Addition project, the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) is requesting that the city vacate three alleys and underground portions of Olive Way and Terry Avenue. The project will pay for these rights of way and also provide a package of public benefits.

There are a number of concepts that have been proposed by the community, the city, and WSCC for the public benefits package. Your participation and feedback at the public open house will help determine which ideas should be advanced for further analysis.

Wednesday, December 7
5-7 p.m.
WSCC, Room 2AB

We hope to see you there!

For travel directions, information on parking and transit options can be found here. More information on the project’s proposed alley and street vacations available here.

Attend a guided tour on Lawrence Halprin’s Legacy: Freeway Park – 10/23

The Cultural Landscapes Foundation is celebrating the legacy of groundbreaking landscape architect and designer of Freeway Park, Lawrence Halprin. Guided tours of his work are being conducted across the country, including Seattle’s own brutalist masterpiece and largest urban park, Freeway Park.

Brice Maryman, ASLA LEED AP, a senior landscape architect for SvR Design will be guiding a tour of Freeway Park on Sunday, October 23rd from 11:00am- 12:00pm. Brice will lead a guided tour of the four connected spaces within Freeway Park, and a discussion of the history, successes and failures, and future of the unique landscape.

This event is free and open to the public. Learn more and to register for the event here.