Since project work began, Seattle Parks and Recreation has hosted two online open houses, the first in May 2020 and the second in July 2020. Public input has been instrumental in the design and planning process. The project team is grateful to everyone who has shared their ideas for the new site, space, and programs.
Here’s what the project team has heard so far:
May 2020 Online Open House and Presentation
Seattle Parks and Recreation hosted its first online open house for the project May 5–22, 2020. Open house visitors learned about the project’s history, need, benefits, and six possible sites for a new community center and pool. An archived version of the May online open house is available here.
More than 6,600 people visited the first online open house and 3,268 people provided feedback about the site they liked best.
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- Those who gave feedback on a site location indicated strong support for the new community center and pool to be built on or near the current location of the community center (Current Site).
- Supported by technical evaluations and data, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team selected the current site as the preferred location.
July 2020 Online Open House and Presentation
Seattle Parks and Recreation hosted its second online open house for this project July 22 – August 20, 2020. The project team presented three possible site schemes to the public and asked participants to evaluate the opportunities and challenges for each option. An archived version of the July online open house is available here.
Community members liked different elements of each option, as shown below.
Key Recommendations from July:
- Align the main entry with the row of sycamore trees, creating a strong connection to the urban area.
- Locate the building near the lake.
- Preserve open space and ballfields.
- Locate parking away from the lake.
- Provide a destination playground near the lake.
Where We Are Now
The project has now reached the concept design phase. This online open house presents the concept design for the new center and prospective activities and amenities.