Friends of Ballard Corners Park

New Name for Ballard Corners Park?

Help! We might get saddled with “17th Ave NW Park” or “Ballard Pocket Park” as a name for our park, as did the folks at “Whittier Park” which became “6th Ave NW Park”.

We need your help. Seattle Parks and Recreation will be naming/renaming our park in early 2007. A naming committee will meet in January to consider all the suggestions. They, in turn, pass the suggestion to Ken Bounds, the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation. The press release is below.

Do you like the name “Ballard Corners Park”? Would you prefer another name? Would you like the name “Ballard Pocket Park” or “17th Ave NW Pocket Park”? If not, you need to voice your opinion now! Otherwise the Parks Department may give the park a very bland or inappropriate name. This is a very real risk.

Our working name is Ballard Corners Park. Most of the community seemed to like this name, but it is not set in stone. I’d like to hear your suggestions. Can anyone come up with a cleverer name? Email me (or call 714-4271) your suggestion.

Let Paula Hoff at the Parks Department know your preference. You can write to:

Seattle Parks and Recreation
Park Naming Committee
100 Dexter Ave.
Seattle, WA 98109

Or email Paula Hoff at

The press release is here:

From: Paula Hoff [mailto:Paula.Hoff@Seattle.Gov]
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2006 10:28 AM
Subject: Fwd: New Names Sought for Four Parks


November 16, 2006

Contact: Paula Hoff, 206-615-0368;

David Takami, 206-684-8020;

Seattle Parks Seeks Names for Four Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to submit potential names for parks in the West Seattle, South Park, Ballard and Delridge neighborhoods. Suggestions for names are due to the Park Naming Committee by Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007.

Here are descriptions of the parks to be named (some of the park names used below are working titles):

Junction Plaza: A new park is being developed on a vacant site (0.15 acres) located in the West Seattle Junction at the corner of SW Alaska St. and 42nd Ave. SW. Junction residents nominated this property for acquisition through the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund. In July 2002, the City Council approved $200,000 in Opportunity Fund funding to acquire this site. Together with $100,000 from the Neighborhood Matching Fund and a $100,000 community match, Parks purchased the parcel in 2005. Parks held two public meetings and developed a design for a plaza and landscaping. There will be decorative paving, seating, lighting, a kiosk and landscaping. The Junction Association will assist with raising additional funds for construction. For more information, please visit

Marra Farm: Located in the South Park neighborhood at 9026 4th Ave. S, this 8.72-acre property was transferred from King County to Seattle Parks and Recreation in December 2004. The west half of the site was historically operated as Marra Farm, a traditional truck farm that supplied fresh produce to Seattle farmers’ markets in the mid-20th century. Parks staff have worked with the community and Marra Farm Coalition to produce a long-range development plan for the site. The proposed plan calls for continued farming and gardening on the western half of the site and a potential learning center and pavilion, children’s play area, and parking on the eastern portion of the site. The plan also includes paths, gathering areas, and options for a surface water detention facility that addresses neighborhood and site drainage needs. For more information, please visit

Ballard Park Site: This park site is located on the southwest corner of 17th Ave. NW and NW 63rd St. The park consists of two land parcels; one of which was purchased with funding from the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Funds in 2003. Parks staff are negotiating purchase of the second parcel; this property has a house that has sat empty for more than 10 years. The Friends of Ballard Corners Park (the community’s working name for the park) received a matching grant from the Department of Neighborhoods in November 2005 to hire a landscape architect to help create a park plan. The plan includes open lawn, a small play area, small seating area, a gateway that is reminiscent of the corner store that once existed at the site, and a rain garden through the planting strip. Funding for construction will be from the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, community fundraising, and matching funds. For more information, please visit

Delridge Parks: This site is located between Delridge Way SW and 26th Ave. SW, north of SW Brandon St. The design develops Brandon Mini Park, Puget Boulevard Commons and Greg Davis Park to create one contiguous open space/park that includes the following passive and active recreational elements: unscheduled sports fields, playground, plazas, picnic shelter, tables, benches, renovated P-patch, a grass court for lawn bowling and croquet type activities, tables, benches, and wooded areas with native vegetation. Parks held four public meetings to gain community input on the design. The result will be an open, inviting space that meets the needs of both passive and active users. Park development funds came from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy. For more information, please visit

The Park Naming Committee is comprised of one representative designated by the Board of Park Commissioners, one by the Chair of the City Council Parks, Neighborhoods and Education Committee, and one by the Parks Superintendent. Criteria the committee considers in naming parks include: geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features. A park may be named for a person no longer living (deceased a minimum of three years) who made a significant contribution to parks and/or recreation. The Park Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Parks Superintendent Ken Bounds, who makes the final decision.

Please submit suggestions for park names in writing by Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Park Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to


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