Alice Ball Park
Much loved. Well used. Community driven. These are the words used to describe Alice Ball Park, located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. Located on a site formerly inhabited by drive-up businesses and asphalt parking, this small but mighty park provides a civic space that connects neighbors and provides flexible, generous public space. Born through the vision and hard work of a forward-thinking client, Seattle Parks and Recreation, cooperating agencies such as the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Public Libraries, a creative design team, and, most importantly, engaged and active neighbors, Alice Ball Park reflects what is possible when the public design process goes right.
Seattle Parks and Recreation
The design of the park stemmed directly from understanding what the community most valued, a versatile open place to come together and build goodwill. Hundreds attended community workshops and open houses, driving the vision for the park: determining common public space values shared by a visitor or passerby; creating opportunities for nature play that was tailored for the very youngest visitor; and creating space for meetings, activism, meals, or after a visit to the library.