Less than an hour ago, Mayor Nickels and various other city dignitaries joined neighbors of Ercolini Park – and Jim Ercolini (with the mayor in that photo) from the family whose homestead was on the park site west of The Junction — for the official dedication, just a few weeks after it opened to a joyful reception.
Others on hand from the city included West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen (chair of the council’s Parks Committee) and Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher:
Also, Parks Board Commissioner Jackie Ramels of Alki. But the real stars of the show all along have been the community members who banded together to push for this park, and then to give the time and money it took to make it reality — including Friends of Ercolini Park chair Katie Hjorten, who acknowledged that during the ceremony:
The next big gathering at Ercolini Park will be the community gathering for Night Out on August 5th (you can still sign up your neighborhood for an event that night – go here to get that done).