CHS Pics | A day of planting in Freeway Park

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Freeway Park, the public space connecting Capitol Hill to downtown Seattle and the first piece of what could eventually be a more complete lidding of I-5, will have a little more color come spring thanks to a day of community work this fall.

The Freeway Park Association hosted a fall planting day in Seneca Plaza over the weekend.

“It’s like this little temporary engagement that is going to create a burst of color and activity in the springtime,” executive director Riisa Conklin said.

The planting is part of the group’s efforts to increase awareness of Freeway Park’s place as a connective area in the middle of First Hill and downtown plus its potential to be even more. Calling the park, “one of the city’s best kept secrets,” Conklin said the Finding Freeway Park initiative is a community-driven design process to increase connectivity and safety in the park.

The effort comes as the area around Freeway Park is being prepared for major construction and a host of possible public improvements totaling nearly $80 million in conjunction with the planned expansion of the Washington State Convention Center.

The attention and resources “gives us this opportunity to think about some things we can do some amenities and upgrades to this park that it needs to be a 21st century park,” Conklin said.

In the meantime, expect some simple things, too, like springtime flowers.

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