Giant piñata being built for South Park Bridge groundbreaking

(Photo courtesy Brandi Lane)
Construction is about to begin on the new South Park Bridge, now that the money’s been rounded up, and the contract’s been awarded. And as was the case with the closure of the old bridge last June (WSB coverage here and here), one huge party is in the works. One with a construction project of its own – a 20-foot pinata is under construction, to be suspended from a crane.

According to Brandi Lane, “This one-of-a-kind piñata is a replica of our beloved 16th Avenue Bridge and will be filled with candy and prizes – a treat for all who attend the bridge groundbreaking and community celebration on Cinco de Mayo.”

That’s the date for the official celebration of the start of construction – 1:30 pm May 5th, to be precise, as noted on King County’s official South Park Bridge project website: King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmembers and the community will gather at the south end of the 10-months-shuttered old bridge. Here’s the official flyer – but for more details on the community party, you have to dig a little deeper. Brandi says piñata master Alex Lopez (photo above; more on Facebook) is building the huge creation with community help and that there’ll be an all-day decorating party next Saturday, April 30th – everybody welcome – at the Green Compound Garage at 8120 Dallas Ave South.

If you can’t pitch in, at least mark your calendar for the May 5th celebration in South Park – Cinco de Mayo plus bridge groundbreaking.

(King County rendering of design for new South Park Bridge)

9 Replies to "Giant piñata being built for South Park Bridge groundbreaking"

  • Deborah Semer April 25, 2011 (11:09 am)

    OLE! I’ll bring the Tequila

  • Rob K April 25, 2011 (12:50 pm)

    Missing links to “here and here”

  • Jimby April 25, 2011 (2:36 pm)

    I’m gunna get me some prizes!

  • a nice girl in a big town April 25, 2011 (5:11 pm)

    Hooray! This is exciting, and I love me a good sized pinata! Congrats South Park!

  • I. Ponder April 25, 2011 (6:24 pm)

    This will be a great place to ride bikes to. Easy ride from West Seattle along Duwamish Trail. Avoid DUI. Ride your bike.

  • PDieter April 26, 2011 (12:41 pm)

    I suppose it’s too much to expect the bridge design to be worked into a synergy with the design of the duwamish shoreline restoration under plant #2.

  • highland park mom April 26, 2011 (1:07 pm)

    Hurray for the new bridge getting started! Hurray for South Park! Boy do we miss having that bridge–and we don’t even live in South Park. The residents and business owners there must be REALLY ready to celebrate.

  • george April 27, 2011 (7:40 am)

    Just to let you all know, the pinata grew 6 more feet yesterday. It will now be 26 feet long. To find out more info, download posters and such, go to

  • towanda April 27, 2011 (8:16 am)

    @pdieter – good concept drawings here:

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