Courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation
The new park at the former Crown Hill Elementary will be called Crown Hill Park (top), and the new park on Ninth Avenue Northwest will be called Kirke Park (bottom).

Two new Ballard parks named

Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams named two future Ballard parks July 6.

This park, located at Holman Road Northwest and 13th Avenue Northwest, will be called Crown Hill Park.

The park will include ballfield renovations, walkways, entries, open space, areas for play, seating, and plantings. It is located on property recently purchased from the Seattle Public Schools.

Parks originally worked on developing the property into a park through the 2000 Pro Parks Levy, but the project was put on hold in 2006 after Seattle Public Schools declared the Crown Hill School and adjacent land a surplus and put it up for sale.

The City of Seattle purchased the property in March 2009 for $5.4 million. The project is now getting underway again.

This 1.71-acre acquisition fulfills one of Crown Hill’s longstanding community goals in its neighborhood plan. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy development funding of $1.2 million will contribute to completing the design and construction of the park.

Construction is projected for spring 2011, with an anticipated completion in the fall of 2011.

For coverage of the most recent design of Crown Hill Park, click here.

This site at 7028 Ninth Avenue Northwest will now be known as Kirke Park.

It was purchased with 2000 Pro Parks Levy funds. Now, as a result of the 2008 Parks and Greens Spaces Levy, funding is available to develop the site into a brand new park.

After a public process that included three public meetings, Parks and the community chose a preferred design that includes a community garden at the north end, a sitting wall enclosed space to recall an old building foundation once at the site, an open lawn, a "sledding hill" and a small play area at the south end. There will be a planted buffer along the back edge with a trail for unstructured play.

Construction on the site is scheduled to begin in August 2010, with completion anticipated in spring 2011.

“Kirke” means church in Norwegian. The name pays tribute to both the Norwegian heritage of the neighborhood and the history of the site. The site was home to the Church of Seventh Elect in Spiritual Israel for more than 90 years.

For coverage of the most recent design of Kirke Park, click here.

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