Discovery Park – Capehart Inholding Acq

Category Overview

Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.

Project Highlights

Seattle used this grant to acquire 23 acres, called the Capehart Housing area in Discovery Park. The acquisition is complete and we are now in the process of restoring the area to a natural setting. Discovery Park, Seattle’s largest park, was created in 1972 from a former army base. At that time, the federal government kept a number of developed parcels within the park and on its edge, and later sold this inholding to a developer for high-end housing. The thought of a large housing complex in the midst of a major park touched off public opposition and strong advocacy for the inholding to be publicly-owned. Per a contractual agreement, the developer removed all structures at no expense to the City. Seattle will remove roads and utilities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Seattle City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $500,000.00 Applicant Match: $10,100,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 36 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # Jun-33

Location Details

I-5 Northbound: Take the Mercer Street exit. Turn right at first stoplight onto Fairview Ave N. At next set of stoplights go left onto Valley St. Stay in far right lane that merges onto Westlake Avenue N. Westlake Ave becomes Nickerson Street. Go straight on Nickerson Street past Fremont Bridge and Seattle Pacific University. Staying in left lane follow the sign to the Ballard Bridge/Emerson Street. At 3 way stop take a left onto Emerson St. Continue on Emerson St., through one stop light, until you get to a 4 way stop with a flashing light. Turn right onto West Gilman West Gilman becomes West Government Way Follow West Government Way until you come to the east entrance of the Park. (about 1/2 mile)

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.