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CHS Pics | Central District gets a parklet

IMG_8733Funded 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.

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)





(Image: Rebecca Lovell/

(Image: Rebecca Lovell/

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…

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6 thoughts on “CHS Pics | Central District gets a parklet

  1. The Central Area Community Block Party is just the start, of bring back the Cultural Healing back to Our beloved Central Area Community…but your help is needed…look out for the upcoming planning meetings.

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