Grant will help neighborhood ‘create a new future’ for First Hill Park

Last August, First Hill Park hosted a party for the neighborhood's dogs (Image: CHS)

Last August, First Hill Park hosted a party for the neighborhood’s dogs (Image: CHS)

With the neighborhood’s successful pavement parks being held up as examples for similar projects on Capitol Hill and beyond, First Hill is also looking at how to improve its 0.2-acre city park adjacent Stimson-Green Mansion.

unnamed (11)Opened in 1978, First Hill Park is at the start of a community-driven makeover that begins with a grant-driven planning process starting in the University St. green space next Tuesday night:

The goal of this project is to come together as a community so we may understand priorities, develop a vision, and create concept designs toward making First Hill Park a safe and active open space for all.

Join us at First Hill Park (Minor & University) at 6:00pm on Tuesday May 24th for the first in a series of public workshops to gather ideas, priorities, and aspirations for our neighborhood park.

Our design team at SiteWorkshop will be facilitating this workshop, which is an open house style meeting with a short presentation at 6:15pm. The meeting is free and open to the public. Your voice is critical to developing the best possible plan, so bring a neighbor and come by for as long as you can!

For more information contact FHIA Director Alex Hudson at alex@firsthill.org. We hope to see you there!

$25,000 in funding from the Department of Neighborhood will power the process to collect community feedback and shape a concept design for First Hill Park. A summer of park meetings is slated to follow next Tuesday night’s kick-off.

You can learn more at firsthill.org.

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5 thoughts on “Grant will help neighborhood ‘create a new future’ for First Hill Park

  1. I’m confused about the purpose of this project. First Hill Park is already a park. Is this just a $25,000 process to figure out how to stop homeless people from hanging out here?

    • Yes, but we can’t saaaaaaaay that. It’s Seattle!

      Last summer there were some people who moved into the park and accumulated a massive garbage hoard. I think they’re trying to redesign the park to be less friendly to that.

  2. No one wants to kick people out of the park, regardless of their housing status. We want the park to be more inviting for more people, and outdoor living room that benefits and accommodates lots of neighbors and visitors.

    • Yes, but…….allowing homeless people to camp overnight, and in the process degrading a public green space, is not OK. The park should be closed at night, and this should be enforced regularly.