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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

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Bella Street: Mayor Announces Park Boulevard

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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.

This will put it right across the street from Kelly's, which dive bar expert (and SW editor) Mike Seely calls "Seattle's most intimidating dive bar."

While the design won't be finalized until the fall, the city will be hosting an "open house" next Friday at the Northwest corner of 2nd and Bell.

In other parks news, the city is cutting back on trash cans and beginning plans for a new swimming pool in Rainier Beach.

 
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