Greg Nickels announced yesterday that he'll be seeking $2.5 million of Parks and Green Spaces Levy money from the City Council to create a "park boulevard" in Belltown, from 1st to 5th Avenues on Bell Street. Apparently, the neighborhood--Seattle's most densely populated--has been asking for this for years. While not short on pricey condos or cheap street drugs, Belltown has been short on green space, though perhaps less so with the arrival of the Sculpture Park (until it closes at dusk every day).
Here's what the release says the new boulevard will look like:
Sidewalks on the north side will be widened to nearly 30 feet with landscaping, lighting and space for children's play areas and other recreational activities. Natural landscaping and swales - vegetation in the right-of-way that collects and cleans rainwater - will be added.
Well-lit sidewalks and open sightlines will discourage anti-social behavior. The Parks Department's park rangers and West Precinct police officers will be able to issue park exclusions and conduct emphasis patrols.