Urban Commons Lab

Donnie Chin International Children’s Park

Community-driven Renovation: Located on a 0.2-acre site at the corner of Lane and 7th Avenue South, the Donnie Chin International Children’s Park was once a popular and welcomed addition to the neighborhood of Chinatown International District. Overgrown vegetation and disrepair have led the community to begin a process to renovate the park in 2007. Approved by Seattle voters in 2008, funding was available for the renovation of the park, and landscape architect Karen Kiest was selected to be the designer for the park renovation. With support from the newly formed Friends of International Children’s Park, additional community meetings were conducted to deliberate different design options. Construction was completed in 2012. [NW Asian Weekly]

Friends of International Children Park and Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation (Completed 2012). Design Subcommittee Chair/ Jeff Hou. Landscape Architect/ Karen Kiest. Public Artist/ Stuart Nakamura. Community Partners/ Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Youth Program (International District Housing Alliance), Denise Louise Education Center, ID/Chinatown Community Center, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority.