Powered by a parks levy grant, the plan to “pedestrianize” John Street between Olive and Summit adjacent the 2011-built Summit Slope Park is moving into its final planning phase. Wednesday night, city planners will discuss the preferred alternative for the project and its potential changes for the street’s use in a meeting at the Capitol Hill library branch. Details on the final planning meeting and a look at the design alternatives that have been considered are below.
Earlier this week, the city opened the first stretch of a new Broadway bikeway that will accompany the First Hill Streetcar route and has transformed the eastern side of Broadway beyond the traditional auto-focused street and parking layout. In September, Seattle’s first parklet trading street parking for public mini-park space debuted on E Olive Way.
UPDATE: Scott Shinn of the Seattle group Parents for Skateparks is hoping to draw attention to an issue in the design alternatives that he says could make the hard-won Summit Slope Park’s skate dot feature useless for skateboarders.
These lines exist in Summit Slope Park, and were approved in 2011 by both the Board of Park Commissioners and SDOT. They are part of the public space known as the Summit Slope Skate Dot. Tonight, at the final design meeting for the “Enhancements” to the park, these lines will be murdered by Architecture, unless skateboarders “Save” their space, again. I think there are some great opportunities for Grey and Green space to co-exist in this park, and am hopeful that local skateboarding advocates will speak up for their space.
- Alternative 1 uses right ‐of‐ way for sidewalk reconfiguration to be further into street right‐of-way. Some street trees would be altered; some remain in place. Garden space could be p‐patch or communal garden.
- Alternative 2 uses right ‐of- way but sidewalk remains as is. Street trees would be altered. Bio‐swale developed between sidewalk and curb and planted with native plants.
- Alternative 3 uses right ‐of- way for sidewalk reconfiguration further south but with new street
- trees on the side and multi‐use space developed on park side.