On Saturday, Mayor Murray cut the ceremonial ribbon at the opening of Bell Street Park, a multi-use public right of way on Bell Street from 1st through 5th Avenues. The celebration included a Lion Dance from Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness, a performance from local band The Royal We, lawn games provided by Target, and lots of local food truck favorites.
The Bell Street Park design converted one traffic lane and reconfigured parking to create a park-like corridor through the heart of Belltown. The four block area was improved with landscaping, better lighting and more open space. The continuous level pavement encourages pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles to share the road.
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided $5 million to plan, design and construct Bell Street Park. The artwork, by nationally recognized artist Sheila Klein, was commissioned with Parks and Green Spaces Levy 1% for Art funds.