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Westlake Park Kids Play Area To Open March 1

The crews are mobilizing at Westlake Park (pictured above) and construction of the Seattle Children’s Westlake Play Area has begun!

The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Metropolitan Improvement District, Mithun, Lease Crutcher Lewis and presenting sponsor Seattle Children’s Research Institute, will unveil the Westlake Park Kids Play Area with an opening day celebration on Friday, March 1.

Join us beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 1 to celebrate the arrival of this new family friendly amenity in Downtown Seattle.  The ceremony will include a ribbon cutting, a performance by the Spruce Street School Marimba Band, face painting courtesy of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and hot chocolate, coffee and treats provided by Starbucks.

When:                Friday, March 1

11:30 a.m. with remarks beginning at Noon

Where:              Westlake Park (401 Pine Street)

Who:                  Kate Joncas, President & CEO, Downtown Seattle Association

Mike McGinn, Mayor, City of Seattle

Sally Bagshaw, Councilmember, Seattle City Council

Christopher Williams, Superintendent, Seattle Parks & Recreation

James Hendricks, PhD, President, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

The play area will help address a deficiency in Downtown, namely the low number of public play areas or spaces designed specifically for children.  Adding such spaces has become imperative as some 3,000 children call Downtown home and the Downtown residential population has increased 20 percent in the last decade.  The play area will also be an amenity for shoppers with children in Downtown’s Retail Core.

WP_Mithun_Rendering web small“You can’t really have a neighborhood without families, and young families deserve easily accessible play spaces,” said DSA President & CEO Kate Joncas. “Attracting and retaining families is a top priority for making Downtown a diverse and healthy neighborhood and the new play area certainly helps.”

In addition to providing a fun and family friendly environment, the new play space will provide health benefits as well.  A recent study led by Seattle Children’s Research Institute found that children living in neighborhoods with favorable neighborhood environment attributes, including quality parks, had 59 percent lower odds of being obese.

The play space will be located on the east edge of the park, across from the Metropolitan Building with a fence surrounding the area.  For more details on the new play space and more information on the project, please click here.  Also, you can view our event on Facebook at the following location: https://www.facebook.com/events/474848685898168/

In addition to Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the Metropolitan Improvement District, DSA is grateful for the generous financial support of the following donors:

Community Supporters

Ben Bridge Jeweler; Bentall Kennedy; Mark Barbieri; Clise Properties, Inc.; Foster Pepper; Joshua Green Corporation; Matt Griffin & Evelyne Rozner; Shaula & Darrin Massena; Mayflower Park Hotel; Metzler; Pacific Place; Pine Street Group L.L.C.; Richard Hedreen; Seattle Hotel Association; Seattle Monorail Services; Seattle Parks Foundation; Stellar Holdings, Inc.; Visit Seattle.

Donors

1521 2nd Avenue; Adam Sinnett; Andrea Levy; BDS – Planning & Urban Design; Clara Miller; Coughlin Porter Lundeen Inc; Daniel Shih; Dean McColgan; Deborah Cohen; Diament Family; Ferdinand Boyce; Helen Stusser; Hunt for Videos; John Pehrson; Joyce Hsu; Julie Biniasz; Julie McAvoy; Katherine Mackinnon; Kelly Mann & John Kenley; Laura Larson; Mark Smith; Matthew Loar; Michael Ward; Oleg Barshay; Peter Sill; Philip Lloyd; Roger Chalfont; Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC; Sara Larsen; Stacey Cheng; Thomas Ditty