Seattle Design Commission, Design Excellence Award, 2011
Summit Slope Park
Slicing Into the Soil
The design celebrates the bounty that comes from healthy soil, highlighting cuts in the sloped site. Pedestrians traversing the park pass through a series of community gardens and flexible lawn areas.
The park is popular with a wide range of people – picknickers, skateboarders, gardeners, the homeless and residents of nearby apartment buildings – representing the diversity present in Seattle’s most densely populated neighborhood. A communal table encourages people to gather, sharing food and conversation.
Exemplary Public Spaces
The Seattle Design Commission recognized Summit Slope Park as a project that emulates the principles they look for in public spaces, noting: “The park is a clear example of how simple design and detailing can become a backdrop to the neighborhood, enhance our experience of the city and create a well-used and loved space for the community.”