The Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) was formed in 2015 to initiate a community-developed plan for Smith Cove Park. Creation of a new waterfront park at lower Smith Cove Park was an opportunity not to be missed. The Berger Partnership, a landscape architect and urban design firm was selected (by FoSCP) to complete this conceptual design. The Berger Partnership “. . . take(s) (their) role of stewards of the environment seriously and continuously strive(s) to achieve balance between program (people) and site (nature).” The entire conceptual design process met with exceptional community support; especially from the supporters of athletic fields and the beach volleyball supporters.
In 2016, Seattle Parks accepted the conceptual design from FoSCP, began the construction process and selected GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), a landscape architecture firm. GGN “. . . works to express hidden histories and repair connections in the landscape.” Seattle Parks will likely hold public meetings to acquaint Smith Cove Park supporters with the harsh reality of funding versus construction costs (tentatively scheduled summer/fall 2016).
Seattle Parks is supportive of the potential for multiple stages of construction at Smith Cove Park; only this first stage is funded. Research for additional grants and funding sources is ongoing.
FoSCP’s goal is the completion of all elements of the conceptual design for Smith Cove Park! Both residents and visitors will enjoy this signature park on Elliott Bay with views of Seattle and Mt. Rainier!!
Steering Committee Biographies
- Carol Burton
- Bruce carter
- Susan Casey
- Stephen deforest
- don harper
- katherine idziorek
- brian kaloper
- carla kotila
- roy kuroiwa
- dennis lewarch
- tom tanner
- alex johnston
Magnolia Community Council; Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council; Neighborhood Matching Fund advisory committee; Green Seattle Partnership forest steward; Friends of Magnolia Manor Park steering committee; retired community college instructor after teaching biology and botany for 30 years; resident of Magnolia for 14 years.
Chair, Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council; Board Member, Magnolia Community Council; Commissioner, Seattle Ethics & Election Commission; Former Chair, Municipal League of King County; Judge Pro Tem, Seattle Municipal Court (2001-2010); Assistant United States Attorney (federal prosecutor) 1971-2001; 40-year Magnolia resident.
Long-time community activist; Chair, Friends of Magnolia Manor Park steering committee; lead role development/maintenance Interbay P-Patch; Queen Anne resident for 29 years.
President, Magnolia Community Council Board of Trustees; Executive Committee of the United Way of King County: past President, King County Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association; President, Washington Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Advisory Council member; 50 years as practicing lawyer; lifetime resident of Magnolia.
Queen Anne Community Council Parks Committee Chair; Neighborhood Advisory Committee; Seattle Peace Theatre volunteer treasurer; President of Harper Electric Inc.; certified Master Electrician; teaches electrical CEU’s at CITC; Highline School District Vocational School volunteer teacher; resident of Queen Anne for 28 years.
Co-president, Uptown Alliance; Design Representative, West Design Review Board; Member, Uptown Urban Design Framework Steering Committee; Urban Designer, AICP, LEED AP ND; Queen Anne resident.
Brian has been a part of the management team at Elliott Bay Marina since 2007. He grew up in Ballard and has been a lifelong Seattleite who currently lives in the Green Lake neighborhood. He is an extremely active member of the Northwest Marine Trades Association and is the Grow Boating Committee Chair as well as Vice Chair of the Super Yacht Committee. Brian has experience in the grant application process and has a passion for getting more people out on the water.
Magnolia Queen Anne District Council, Friends of Magnolia Manor Park steering committee; Magnolia Manor Park P-Patch Leadership team and gardener; Emergency Preparedness outreach, SNAP and block watch programs, volunteer instructor; Seattle Animal Shelter volunteer dog walker; vocational school computer instructor, digital prepress. Previously resided in Queen Anne for 17 years; currently a resident of Magnolia for 14 years.
Roy is an environmental engineer (17 years in private consulting, eight years with the Port of Seattle) working mainly on cleanup and revitalization of small and large underutilized parcels within Seattle and King County. He serves on the Board of the Magnolia Soccer Club. Board of Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (1998 – 2007). Board of Kidspace Childcare in Queen Anne (2003 – 2006). Resident of Magnolia for 14 years. He coaches baseball and soccer for his 9 and 12-year old sons.
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Suquamish Tribe.
Magnolia Community Council and board; past Chair Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council; Neighborhood Advisory Committee; North Portal Tunnel Advisory Committee; Seattle Waterfront Advisory Committee; Board of Directors of Cyclist of Great Seattle; Cascade Bicycle Club; Professional Engineer; Seattle Public Utilities Chief Engineer; senior executive civil engineer U.S. Navy; Magnolia resident for 17 years.
Alex Johnston is a commercial banker specializing in the municipal market. He serves on the Board of the Magnolia Soccer
Club (representing 500 families), the Seattle Youth Soccer Association (with 13,000 youth soccer players) and the Friends of
Athletic Fields. From 2005 through 2011 served on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Board. From
2008-2010 served on the Prosperity Partnership’s Housing Working Group. Served on the King County Land Use Advisory
Council, the Duwamish Coalition and other community groups. 30 year Magnolia resident.
The Smith Cove Park Steering Committee meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM. These meetings are open to the public. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting location.
The Smith Cove location between Queen Anne and Magnolia is an integral part of Seattle history. In 1852, Dr. Henry Smith, Magnolia’s first resident, staked his claim on this cove that bears his name. In 1893, the Great Northern Railroad commenced service from Seattle to St. Paul, Minnesota, with its freight terminus located on the piers now known as Terminal 91. The Asian silk trade flourished as the silk ships arrived at Smith Cove and their cargoes were whisked off to eastern markets in an early railroad land bridge.
During 1934, Smith Cove was the site of a longshoremen’s strike in which two longshoremen were killed.
With the onset of World War II, the entire terminal and the uplands became committed to The U.S. Navy’s military shipping which continued through the Korean and Viet Nam wars. 1970 found the Port of Seattle acquiring the terminals and passing commuters soon saw a mass migration of imported Nissan vehicles from arriving ship to railcars.
In 2003, the Navy was selling the property west of 23rd West, north of Marina Place and south of the Magnolia Bridge together with the property at the top of the bridge currently known as the Ursula Judkins Park. The purchase by Seattle Parks was made with certain 2000 Seattle Parks Pro levy funding combined with County mitigation funds from the West Point Sewage Treatment plant. The present playfield west of 23rd West was acquired and developed into youth soccer fields.
The rectangular beachfront area east of 23rd West and south of the Magnolia Bridge, commonly known as the West Yard, became a focus of the Queen Anne and Magnolia Community Councils which continued to advocate for development of this beachfront parcel into a park.
When the King County Waste Treatment Division sought to obtain the northwest corner of the West Yard for a Combined Sewer Overflow facility, there was a renewed call for a West Yard Park facility from the Queen Anne Community Council, Magnolia Community Council, the Uptown Alliance and the 19-member Magnolia Queen Anne District Council. The local neighborhoods and the region in general were then fortunate that Seattle Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and King County Councilmember Larry Phillips together with then Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton were able to arrange for the Port to sell King County the northwest portion of the West Yard required for the CSO and sell Seattle Parks and Recreation the remainder with financial support from City and County sources. The Parks purchase was celebrated on May 30, 2013 on the site with King County Executive Dow Constantine and then-Mayor Mike McGinn joining Sally Bagshaw, Larry Phillips Gael Tarleton, community leaders, and Parks and County WTD leaders.