From the mayor’s office: Land deal to expand Dakota Place Park

February 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 8 Comments

More than a year ago, when the city bought land for a future park in The Junction in an about-to-be-development-laden zone on 40th SW, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw noted in a meeting that it came when the city turned its focus away from pursuing land adjacent to Dakota Place Park. Now, that particular land is back in play. Mayor Ed Murray‘s office says he has signed and sent to the council a bill authorizing “the acquisition of two adjacent parcels of approximately 5,750 square-feet in total, located at 4041 and 4045 California Avenue SW, adjacent to Dakota Place Park …” The mayor’s office says the urgency of acquiring this site has increased because of a developer’s deal to buy the site; the city’s chance to buy it expires March 31st. We’re told the authorization will be introduced at the Council meeting on March 3rd and voted on shortly thereafter. No word yet on the proposed purchase price; the original/current DP Park site is a former Seattle City Light facility.


  1. I hope we get this open space and save it from developers.

    Comment by dsa — 5:16 pm February 21, 2014 #

  2. I second that anything to put a halt on more development I am in favor of. I would put up $100 myself towards this purchase or future purchases. Save West Seattle!

    Comment by NW — 5:43 pm February 21, 2014 #

  3. COOL…if it’s at all doable, that would be awesome. It’s a cute but small park now. A slightly larger park would be wonderful there.

    Comment by David — 5:48 pm February 21, 2014 #

  4. I say go for it. We will need more green space as the lots along California get et up.

    Comment by JayDee — 6:26 pm February 21, 2014 #

  5. Thank you Mayor Murray!

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 7:03 pm February 21, 2014 #

  6. Yay! More parks! Hope it goes through.

    Comment by ell — 8:29 pm February 21, 2014 #

  7. Excellent! Public Spaces are a benefit to everyone and a gift to future generations! Glad to see the city is taking action.

    Comment by Tricia — 4:05 pm February 22, 2014 #

  8. West Seattle Green Space Coalition is working to save other former substations from development. We want to repurpose the sites for the best community use. We need your help. Come join us on March 9th at Delridge Library at 3:00.

    NW: We could use your $100. Seattle City Light has 6 properties for sale in West Seattle, and we may be looking at raising about $1.5 million.

    Mary Fleck
    co-chair, West Seattle Green Space Coalition

    Comment by Mary Fleck — 11:44 am February 28, 2014 #

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