Seattle Parks and Recreation’s newest greenspace is named Yesler Terrace Park

Written by on April 6, 2017 in Local and National News, Seattle Housing Authority, Yesler Terrace - Comments Off

By SHA Staff

In March, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) announced the official name of the new central park in the Yesler neighborhood as Yesler Terrace Park.
SPR asked the public to submit potential park names to the Parks Naming Committee last fall, in which they considered the following criteria: geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features as part of the criteria for naming the park.

The Park Naming Committee recommended Yesler Terrace Park to highlight the terrace view, recognize the connection of the park spaces, and clearly define the location of the park. The name was endorsed by the Yesler Terrace Community Council and other Yesler community members.

The park will serve as a gathering place for residents of Yesler and those who live and work in surrounding communities. The current design concept includes an interactive water feature, a great lawn, walking paths and areas for sports and recreation.

First Hill residents will have a new park to enjoy in summer, 2018. Many people in the area surrounding Yesler Terrace Park are originally from Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa. Those who helped plan the park in 2008 expressed desire for walking paths, open lawn, sporting areas and cultural spaces.

First Hill residents will have a new park to enjoy in summer, 2018. Many people in the area surrounding Yesler Terrace Park are originally from Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa. Those who helped plan the park in 2008 expressed desire for walking paths, open lawn, sporting areas and cultural spaces.

Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) transferred ownership of 1.75-acres of land to the City of Seattle for the park as part of its master plan for Yesler.
In addition to the central park, the Yesler neighborhood will feature several pocket parks, a Green Street Loop and a connected network of public open spaces included in the redevelopment master plan.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $3 million toward the new park at Yesler. Additional funding has been secured from SHA, 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 totals $4,330,000.

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