A $30 million project to build the super green Bullitt Center at 15th and Madison will include an overhaul of an adjoining city park space. Seattle Parks will hold a meeting next Monday to discuss project that will demonstrate “alternative green construction methods and reviews the possibility of a pedestrian oriented street” on 15th Ave between the future center and McGilvra Place Park, a green space called underutilized and, in one Seattle University study, “unwelcoming and cold.”
The McGilvra Place Park Project is funded in part by a $364,000 grant from the Seattle Parks Opportunity Fund process — we documented the five projects receiving Opportunity grants here. The Seattle Parks Foundation also has provided a “fiscal sponsorship” for the project.
The Monday, November 14th is the first of two public sessions to discuss the project. It starts at 6p and will be held at the nearby Seattle Academy at 1432 15th Ave.
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you to learn about the new community initiated project at McGilvra Place Park at two upcoming meetings. This project provides for a more accessible and usable site which demonstrates alternative green construction methods and reviews the possibility of a pedestrian oriented street at 15th Avenue between East Madison and East Pike streets. The project site is located at the intersection of East Madison Street, East Pike Street, and 15th Avenue. At the first meeting Parks design team will present design options and gather community feedback for the final schematic design for the project. In January, Parks will present the schematic design for the renovation of McGilvra Place Park and gather additional feedback.
Despite some concerns that the park is being redesigned as an extension of the Bullitt Center’s ambitious project, representatives were optimistic about the park’s overhaul at this summer’s center groundbreaking. CHS documented some of those concerns and other details from a Seattle U study of the park that found only 4 out of 1,400 people observed near the park actually lying or sitting in the public green space along busy Madison in 2010.