Seattle will keep City Hall Park, no land swap with King County

There have been years of complaints about public safety at City Hall Park.

SEATTLE – Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and King Dow County Executives Constantine announced a new agreement Friday morning that will implement a land swap and keep City Hall Park under the city’s ownership for many years. crime concerns.

The new agreement says the City of Seattle will increase activation, add security, and have a visible presence in the park, right next to the King County Courthouse.

The two sides had previously agreed land swap for 13 county-owned parcels in exchange for City Hall Park.

Now, the City Council is expected to pass Harell’s proposed budget, which includes $2.8 million to revitalize City Hall Park.

“After many months of continued involvement in this potential land swap, we believe City Hall Park will remain with the City of Seattle,” said Harrell. “As we partner with King County and Executive Constantine to continue revitalizing this neighborhood and revitalizing our Civic Center campus with staff and operations, City Hall Park will play a role. important role.”

There have been years of complaints about public safety at City Hall Park.

King County Court employees used security escorts to reach bus stops.

Several incidents in the area connected to the park include a sexual assault in a court bathroom and a man being stabbed to death in the park.

“I look forward to the City of Seattle investing in and improving this foundation of downtown Seattle,” said Constantine. “Transforming this long-neglected space into a safe and enjoyable park for thousands of King County employees, juries, customers, visitors and residents will help restore and revitalize the center.” city ​​of Seattle. King County appreciates Mayor Harrell’s proposal to create a safe and welcoming front yard for our historic courthouse. “

Harrell’s plan will include a cleanup of the fountain in Prefontaine Plac and options for installing public restrooms in the park. Officials point to plans to allow food trucks to run in the park on weekdays and partner with local businesses to fill the space in front of the store in the hope that it will spur traffic. pedestrians and commercial activities.

New permanent and movable seating areas will be added for residents and workers to enjoy lunch at the park, the city said in a statement.

City officials also plan to work with the King County Metro and the Sound Traffic Police to have a clear safe presence at transit stations and stops.

“City Hall Park is an irreplaceable neighborhood and historic asset,” said Lisa Howard, CEO of Alliance for Pioneer Square. “Alliance and the surrounding community look forward to working with the City of Seattle, King County and other partners to help create a more vibrant, welcoming urban environment that serves both residents and visitors of the area. south center.”

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Edmund DeMarche

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