Funded by the surrounding community, the 25th and Union parklet made its debut Sunday with a kid-powered ribbon cutting. The ceremony and gathering on the Ten Penny Studio-designed mini-park in front of Cortona Cafe was part of a busy weekend around the Central District including the first annual Central Area Block Party and a 100th anniversary celebration for 23rd and Yesler’s Douglass-Truth library.
The new Central District public space joins a similar mini-park on E Olive Way that was the first parklet constructed in Seattle back in 2013. Planning remains in motion for a street park near 10th and Pike backed by the Comet and Lost Lake.
More images of the new parklet — organizers Amanda Bryan and Karen Estevenin wrote about it here — and all the Central District fun, below.
UPDATE: An event to help drive start-up activity in the neighborhood also took place in the Central District over the weekend. Here’s a recap of Hack the CD:
From 9/26-9/28, the Garfield High School’s Commons hosted and bore witness to an historic event: the Central District’s first “hackathon.” Those of you reading this blog know over the last five months we’ve been building momentum towards this youth-centric event, through the Startup Weekend at the University of Washington, two coding bootcamps and tech tours, but this has just been part of a much larger movement to create fertile ground for the African American community to grow with the city’s tech boom. More…