You can help design Smith Cove Park!

January 31, 2015

Design Process = YOU!

The process of creating a conceptual design for Smith Cove Park is moving forward. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a landscape architect will be posted on this site soon.  A shorter version will run as an ad in the Daily Journal of Commerce as well.
Once an architect is hired, the public meetings will be announced! Be part of the process and speak up at the public meetings!!

Smith Cove Park becomes a bicycle destination

January 4, 2015

Twenty years of work came to fruition today as elected officials, Port and Parks & Recreation staff joined Magnolia residents to celebrate the establishment of Smith Cove Park. Smith Cove advocate and indefatigable force, Bruce Carter quoted Mr. Rogers’ famous line of “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” After several days of rain and overcast, there was no need for the rain canopy set up early as blue skies and sun greeted speakers and well-wishes alike.

Speakers King County Councilmember Larry Phillips who MC’d to Mayor Mike McGinn as well as City Council member Sally Bagshaw and former Port Commission President Gael Tarleton, now state legislator, lauded the accomplishment as a great addition to Seattle and incredible bringing together three governmental bodies. County Executive Dow Constantine said “By partnering with the Port and City, we were able to transform this underused property into a tranquil public place along one of Seattle’s most scenic shorelines.” All speakers, including Magnolia Community Club President, Steve E. DeForest, acknowledged that only through the tireless efforts of community residents from Magnolia, Queen Anne and Interbay and the persistence of Bruce Carter did the Pier 91 West Yard become a place for community recreation and relaxation.

With views of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay Marina, and cruise ships or Mt. Rainier in the ships absence, this newly designated greenspace is within easy access of Magnolia by bicycle, walking, or car. Situated beneath the Ursula Judkins Viewpoint, residents need only follow the Elliott Bay Trail (Terminal 91 Bike Path) via either 20th Avenue West or 21st Avenue West from Thorndike Avenue West.

The Park and King County’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) Control Facility will be both a place of enjoyment as well as improve Puget Sound’s water quality. Both facilities have future development plans which can be found at and

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Welcome to Seattle Smith Cove Park Project

December 28, 2014

SCP22The Steering Committee of the Friends of Smith Cove Park is gearing up to implement our neighborhood Matching Fund award by finding and hiring the best professional landscape architect for this job.

This qualified professional will shepherd the process of a conceptual design for Smith Cove Park with LOTS of community involvement and input!

The Metropolitan Parks District legislation included funding for Smith Cove Park and will be available in 2017. We want to plan now and be ready for 2017!

The goal is to bring together any and all interested residents – soccer, gardeners, walkers, bikers, families, dog owners, and personal watercraft boaters and more!! – to make this a signature park and focal point for both residents and visitors to Seattle.

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