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18th Ave’s Firehouse Mini Park is getting a $781K overhaul

(Image: City of Seattle)

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a community meeting next month to help shape designs for a $781,000 overhaul of 18th Ave’s Firehouse Mini Park.

Parks says the Saturday, April 6th meeting will provide an opportunity for the project’s designers to provide information about the planned upgrades and hear feedback on ideas for the play area next to the Byrd Bard Place community facility.

The city says the project will replace the existing play equipment and make accessibility improvements for the park including replacement of “the Engineered Wood Fiber” wood chip surfacing in the play area, renovations to the lawn area, planting enhancements and “site furnishing updates.”

(Image: City of Seattle)

Adjacent to Byrd Bard Place’s home in the old Firehouse No. 23 that was decommissioned in the 1960s, the park’s play area has kept the firehouse’s spirit alive with a fire truck theme.

The April 6th meeting will include details on a site analysis of the 26-year-old park along with potential play area styles and equipment.

“Community participation is encouraged and will help us create the best park for the neighborhood,” organizers say.

After the meeting an online survey will be released to collect additional input.

While the mini park is tiny, its overhaul won’t be a fast-moving project. The current construction timeline for the project would complete planning and design by the summer of 2025 with construction starting that fall. The park would reopen in the summer of 2026.

Join us on April 6!

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to help shape conceptual designs that will inform the design for the future play area at Firehouse Mini Park. Please join us on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Byrd Bard Place, 722 18th Ave. to meet the design team and provide input. This event space is adjacent to the Firehouse Mini Park.

Firehouse Mini Park is located in the Central District at 712 18th Ave. between E. Cherry and E. Columbia.


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CD Resident
CD Resident
15 days ago

This is great news and badly needed. There also needs to be a discussion about how we improve safety in this park. Sadly, on multiple occasions I’ve observed clients from social services directly across the street walk out of the build and smoke fentanyl and/or drink alcohol in the park with small children present. The park is frequented by small children and the same issues don’t occur with clients from Byrd Barr next door.