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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

E Howell St & 16th Ave

posted by on June 20 at 16:43 PM


Capitol Hill is well on its way to having a brand spankin’ new park. Today, the city council’s parks committee approved a plan to acquire a sizable chunk of land on 16th and Howell. The property owner’s original plans called for the development of 12 townhomes, on what is currently a Diamond parking lot. That didn’t happen when the city decided to go after the property.

According to Seattle Parks’ acquisitions manager, Donald Harris, the city had been looking for more park space on Capitol Hill for several years. The neighborhood suggested the Parks Department look into purchasing the site and the city took drastic measures to ensure it was able to purchase the lot. Harris says “[It] was being acquired under threat of condemnation. Technically, if we hadnít got a deal, we couldíve moved to court to take the property.

Harris is excited about Parks’ plans: “It’s going to be a dynamite park. Generally our objective is to get 10,000 square feet [for a new park]. This is 17,000 square feet.”

City council will look at the parks proposal on Monday. The Parks Department hopes to rush to proposal through council and get the plan approved by the mayor in order to meet the property owner’s June 30th sale deadline.

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More places for anonymous midnight blow jobs! Thanks Seattle!

Can't wait!!!

Posted by ecce homo | June 20, 2007 8:10 PM

Homeless need more places to sleep and sell drugs since the shelters are pretty full.

Posted by Touring | June 20, 2007 11:00 PM

Great Idea! Beats the hell out of a bunch of townhomes I will never be able to afford.

Posted by Rotten666 | June 21, 2007 7:10 AM

remember to include a market garden so the junkies will have something to eat.

Posted by maxsolomon | June 21, 2007 7:13 AM

Whoa there. All aboard the negativity train (comments 1-4)!

I like parks.

Posted by defman23 | June 21, 2007 9:34 AM

Good god. No shit.

They build townhomes: 'Generic pieces of gentrification shit!! Stop fucking up our neighborhoods with generic housing!'

They do nothing: 'This parking lot only encouraged people to drive!! Driving sucks!'

They build a park: 'The junkies and homeless will rule the night!'

Posted by Negative nancies | June 21, 2007 9:47 AM

@5 and @6: i don't like your negative attitudes about these comments.

Posted by infrequent | June 21, 2007 11:37 AM

I wasn't complaining about parks, I was commenting on the behavior by most of capital hill residents and how they use parks in the area.

Posted by ecce homo | June 21, 2007 12:15 PM

I like grass.

Posted by gameboy | June 21, 2007 10:06 PM

then from what i understand, this is the park for you.

Posted by infrequent | June 22, 2007 11:30 AM

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