Schematic courtesy of Seattle Parks
On Saturday, May 19, Seattle Parks and Recreation will take down the construction fences to welcome the Crown Hill community to its new park.

The fences are coming down: Seattle Parks to host Crown Hill Park opening celebration

The fences are coming down at Crown Hill Park! After years of planning and $1.2 million in funding, the park located at 9089 Holman Rd N.W. is finally complete.

On Saturday, Seattle Parks and Recreation will finally take down the temporary fences to welcome the neighborhood to a park with a new skate park, green space, baseball diamond, play features, and more.

The space along Holman Road was first identified in Groundswell NW's 1996 Ballard / Crown Hill Open Space Inventory but it wasn't until 2005 that Seattle Parks and Recreation announced its renovation project for the park at the corner of Holman Road and 13th Avenue N.W.

Yet those plane were halted when Seattle Public Schools, which owned the land next to the old Crown Hill Elementary, decided to sell it all.

Small Faces Child Development Center purchased the former school building and Seattle Parks bought the property with funding from the 2000 ProParks Levy.

Construction was funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and started last August.
The park features an open lawn area, picnic area, a skateboard mini-ramp, artistic play features, good pathway circulation, new landscaping and a renovated ballfield.

On Saturday Seattle Parks and the Crown Hill Center invite the community to a celebration for this new recreation and open space in Crown Hill.

The event takes place at the park from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and will feature family fun activities, a skateboard clinic by Skate-Like-a-Girl, hotdogs and light refreshments. 

"Groundswell urges the entire community to check out this great new addition to the neighborhood," stated Dave Boyd from Groundswell NW. "Kudos to the Parks Open Space program for negotiating the purchase from the school district and the Crown Hill community for purchasing the adjacent school to preserve and build upon a community center that will work together with the park to serve the neighborhood for years to come."

While neighbors will have access to the park, the construction fencing around the turf at the ballfield will remain up to provide more time for the grass to establish. Parks anticipates construction fencing around the ballfield to be removed in mid-June.

For additional information about the project, please visit the park's website at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/crown_hill/

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