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.
“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/
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