After backing off its previous plan to honor an Italian sister city, Seattle Parks announced Thursday that a naming committee has reached a decision on a final name for the Summit at John green space and p-patches completed in late 2010. Welcome to Summit Slope park.
The original plan called for the space to be known as Perugia Park to honor a sister city relationship — they, by the way, took a more subtle, tasteful approach with their Sister Orca Park. The decision under former Parks superintendent Timothy Gallagher was not popular. Pergugia, after all, is the city in which Seattle resident (and the Hill’s Seattle Prep high school alum) Amanda Knox was found guilty of killing her roommate in a crime story that has been part of tabloid headlines since the November 2007 murder. As the Knox legal team prepares to mount its appeal – and claim even more tabloid headlines and minutes on CNN/MSNBC/Fox/etc. — and with letters like this from the Capitol Hill Community Council opposing the Perguia name, interim superintendent Christopher Williams announced a more innocuous decision from the Parks naming committee charged with hanging a name on the new Capitol Hill open space.
The announcement, below, does note that Seattle Parks continues to seek a way to honor its sister city. We suggest the department might want to wait to see how the appeal in Perugia goes, first.
SEATTLE PARKS SUPERINTENDENT NAMES PARK ON CAPITOL HILL
Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams has named a new park on Capitol Hill – Summit Slope Park. This name reflects both the location and natural terraced layout of the park at 200 Summit Ave. E.
The Park Naming Committee unanimously recommended to the Acting Superintendent that the park be named Summit Slope Park, after a previous naming decision was reconsidered. The P-Patch located in the park is named “Unpaving Paradise P-Patch” to reflect the fact that this park site used to be an urban parking lot, and to recognize the community group named “Unpaving Paradise” that was involved in the planning and fundraising for this park.
Summit Slope Park is located at the northeast corner of E John St. and Summit Ave. E. Parks acquired the .22-acre park in 2007 with funding from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and King County Conservation Futures Tax revenues. Development funds came from both the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and the P-Patch Program funds that were included in the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. This space on the western slope of Capitol Hill is a neighborhood park and P-Patch. There will be a grand opening celebration this spring.
Instead of proposing to name the park after Seattle’s sister city relationship with Perugia, Italy, Parks and the Perugia Sister City Committee have reached agreement on a new approach to recognizing this ongoing relationship that will entail identification and recognition of a cultural icon such as a griffin (the symbol of Perugia) or an Etruscan artifact that reflects the city’s
Etruscan heritage. The park in Perugia that honors Seattle is named Sister Orca Park in recognition of the sister city relationship and Seattle’s rich Native American and maritime heritage. This recognition will take place in a new, as yet unnamed Seattle park.
Mike James, President of the Perugia Sister City Committee, said “We’re excited about working with the city to develop a park experience that will reflect the rich culture and history of Umbria, the region of our Italian sister city.”
Christopher Williams added, “We’re pleased to have agreed on a course of action that will take us forward to recognize this 19-year relationship as Perugia joins the other sister city associations honored at Beer Sheva, Bergen, Daejon, Kobe, Nantes, and Tashkent parks.”
The Park Naming Committee is comprised of one representative of the Board of Park Commissioners, one representative of the Seattle City Councilmember who chairs the committee dealing with parks issues, and one representative of the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. For more information about the park naming process, please contact Paula Hoff, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-615-0368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.