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From paver to Park…what now?

2014-11-17 18.07.30     From paver to Park…what now?

The Friends of Bell Street Park (FoBSP) Art and Activation’s November 17th Community Workshop at the Belltown Community Center kick-off was a big success starting with the a Bell Street Park street paver installed in 1910, moving to Nate Cormier and Amanda Bailey’s (SvR Designs) graphic presentation of Bell Street’s reinvention as a world class street Park to the main event as the participants enjoyed wine and cheese – a request for the community input for a five year plan for art and activation in The Park.

2014-11-17 18.17.52     The FoBSP (part of the Friends of Belltown Parks) was recently awarded a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant by the City of Seattle to obtain community input and develop ideas for the park.  The goal is to create a five-year plan for art (temporary and permanent), events and programming with City/County rule/regulation preliminary approval and identified funding sources for Bell Street Park.

Proposed ideas include the following categories:

  • Visual Art
  • Performance Art
  • Unique Events to Host
  • Signage
  • Furnishings
  • Kiosks
  • Promoting Sustainability
  • Making the Park a Fun Place to Be
  • Bringing Belltown’s History Alive
  • The Future of the Park

2014-11-17 18.37.27     There will be another Community Workshop and a final vetted Community Open House between now and February 2015.  In the meantime, post your ideas and suggestions on,,, and/or



History:  Bell Street Park was first proposed in the 1998 Belltown Neighborhood plan and opened on April 12, 2014. The project converted one traffic lane and reconfigured parking to create a park-like corridor through the heart of Belltown that includes landscaping, better lighting, and four blocks of open space.

Paver:  Seattle City Council Bill Number: 10989/ Ordinance Number: 23444, passed February 21, 1910, “providing for the improvement of…Bell Street…from Third Avenue to Second Avenue…by paving the same with vitrified brick laid upon a proper concrete foundation.”

How did this Bell Street reclaimed paver land in Cape Cod patio?     Bell Street Paver

This community project is funded by a Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund grant.

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