NAME THOSE PARKS: Port’s invitation, and Duwamish Tribe’s request

Most Port of Seattle-owned parks have generic-sounding names. But the port has just announced a plan to change that, with your help:

The Port of Seattle will rename six Port-owned parks and shoreline access sites along the Duwamish River to new names that reflect the cultural and environmental history of the area. The Port has partnered with Seattle Parks Foundation, a well-recognized public parks and greenspace non-profit, to design and implement the re-naming campaign with transparency and community involvement.

The ‘Incredible Parks Want Incredible Names’ nomination period runs from July 24 to August 31.

The parks to be renamed are:

Terminal 117 Park
Terminal 107 Park
8th Avenue Street End
Turning Basin #3
Terminal 105 Park
Terminal 108 Park

(T-105 and T-107 are in West Seattle.) Between now and August 31st, you can suggest names three ways:
-By voice mail – 206-385-9064
-Writing it on a postcard and texting a photo to that same number

The port will pick three finalists for each and open a “public scoring period” in September.

The Duwamish Tribe, meantime, is campaigning for support to rename T-107 Park as Ha-ah-poos Duwamish Village Park. This video explains its history:

You can support their campaign by nominating that name, and supporting it in September.

11 Replies to "NAME THOSE PARKS: Port's invitation, and Duwamish Tribe's request"

  • Keri July 25, 2020 (10:23 pm)

    Hooray to the Duwamish Tribe.  Thank you for this video and yes that they should name this park to represent their heritage.  

  • Kathy July 26, 2020 (12:05 am)

    Great idea to give these parks more meaningful names. I voted for renaming T-107 “Ha-ah-Poos Duwamish Village Park” as suggested by the Duwamish Tribe.

  • 22blades July 26, 2020 (5:20 am)

    Ha-ah-poos Duwamish Village Park; renaming T-107 to respect the land and people of these grounds is the right thing to do and should be merely a start in giving back to the Duwamish Tribe.

  • JJ July 26, 2020 (7:48 am)

    Duwamish, I’m happy to have you name any park around here anything you like. Put your name on all of it if you want. You know what land was yours. T107 just doesn’t hold a flame to “Ha-ah-Poos Duwamish Village” .

  • B July 26, 2020 (10:01 am)

    The Duwamish Tribe should rename all of these parks.

    • Gins July 26, 2020 (10:37 am)

      I agree.

    • Jess July 26, 2020 (7:56 pm)

      I agree. I hope the Duwamish Tribe submits names for the other parks. Ha-ah-poos is perfect and I’d love to see more.

    • KM July 26, 2020 (8:51 pm)

      I completed the survey saying I support the Duwamish Tribe naming all the parks. If you haven’t submitted that in the survey already, please do so. I think the comment box is at the end of the survey, and you don’t have to submit names for each park to submit.

  • miws July 26, 2020 (3:37 pm)

    Done, and I agree, the Duwamish should be given the opportunity to rename *all* of the parks. —Mike

  • Katie July 26, 2020 (9:00 pm)

    Let’s kick this up a notch and give those lands back to the Duwamish!

  • LINDA L. BLACKINTON July 27, 2020 (7:27 pm)

    The lands still belong to the Duwamish, they were not given up in the Elliott Point Treaty.  The Duwamish should be able to name their lands as they once were.

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