Selected Site: Current Location
To kick off the second phase of planning, the project team conducted a detailed analysis of the current site, focusing on transit, sunlight, the urban context, and trees.
History of Site
For generations, Native people in the area, members of Lakes Duwamish communities, visited Green Lake for freshwater fish, plant materials, and, likely, recreation. The area remains culturally significant to tribal members today.
Planning for Seattle’s park system started in 1903 when John Olmsted recommended a series of park boulevards that would link to larger open spaces forming an interconnected network of parks that was intended to ring the city. Development of Green Lake Park began in 1908 and lasted several decades.
Olmsted Design Principles
The Olmsted Brothers used ten unique design principles, four of which will continue to help inform our planning for the new community center and pool:
- Genius of the Place (Genius loci): This most important principle emphasizes preserving what’s special about Green Lake. The new community center should reflect the character of the Pacific Northwest and the neighborhood and be distinct from other existing community centers in Seattle.
- Unified Composition: All elements of the community center design should be developed within a coherent structure. The design should be intuitive to navigate and in harmony with the site.
- Sustainability: The design should build on what is present on site, avoid wastefulness, and weave environmental elements into it.
- Orchestration of Movement: There should be an elegant alignment and smart separation of different modes of travel throughout the site. Pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles should all be able to reach the community center with ease.