Thomas C. Wales Park

Designers: Site Workshop | City: Seattle, WA | Project Type: sculpture garden
Date Visited: 12.31.12

Location: 2401 Sixth Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
Size: 1.3-acre
Cost: $745,185
Official Opening Date: October 29, 2010

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Recipient of an ASLA Merit Award in the Public Works Category, the Thomas C. Wales Park is an environmentally focused park designed through the collaborative efforts of Site Workshop Landscape Architects and project artist Adam Kuby.

As part of the Pro Parks Art Plan, the objective of the Thomas C. Wales Park was for a “unified design which would support the artist’s work while addressing environmental issues.” To reflect the site’s history as a gravel pit in the early 1900s and to improve onsite drainage that led to stormwater detention pond, the main features of the park include the gravel-lined walkways and gabion walls and structures. Native plantings surround the site and park is situated downslope from various residences to collect stormwater runoff.

Adam Kuby’s five “Quarry Rings” installations that punctuate the site not only allude to the landscape’s history but create bird and nesting habitats within the park as well.

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