Seattle breaks ground on new park in Little Saigon

The plan has been in the works for the gravel lot since 2018.

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The lot where the Little Saigon Park will go was purchased by Parks and Rec back in 2013.

Rendering via Seattle Parks and Rec

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Talk about a major glow-up. What started as a humble gravel lot in Little Saigon is now on its way into becoming a cute, little green space in the subsection of the Chinatown-International District.

On Thursday, July 6, Seattle Parks and Rec broke ground on Little Saigon Park, one of 14 landbanked sites that the department purchased with the intention of providing more green spaces in urban neighborhoods.

Plans to turn the lot at 1224 S. King St. into something a little more inviting than a small rock field came into focus in 2018 and developed with a project budget of ~$3.6 million.

Parks and Rec is aiming to have the new space open for Lunar New Year in 2024. Here’s what to expect.

Fresh amenities

While the new park is only .27 acres, there’s a lot going into it.

The overall design of the park has been built out to reflect the cultural character of the surrounding neighborhood. There will be public art created by Seattle artist Kalina Chung and bold landscaping with vibrant flowers + trees like the Chinese Elm.

The park is also designed to include plenty of space for public events and other areas for sitting and relaxing with a lawn, plaza, amphitheater, and movable tables + chairs. There will also be a cute play area for the kiddos and parking for food trucks.

Another neat feature that will make the park distinct from its counterparts is the 20-ft grade change between ends, creating a sloping effect.

Folks who want to follow along with construction updates can do so on the Parks and Rec website. Also, look out for an opportunity to help name the park coming down the pipeline soon.