Go outside and play
South Park is home to several parks that allow us to embrace the great outdoors, our river and recreation. Take a look at our parks, their history and the people that have made them what they are today.
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Cesar Chavez Park
S Cloverdale St & 7th Ave S
This park takes inspiration from Cesar Estrada Chavez, who championed the rights of farm workers.
Jesus Bautista Moroles, a nationally recognized stone sculptor, donated a sculpture titled “Musical Steles,” comprised of three musical basalt columns fabricated in the South Park neighborhood. Stop by and tap a rock on the sculptures to compose your own tune.
Duwamish Waterway Park
This is a really cool urban park worth checking out! Quiet and secluded on the banks of the Duwamish waterway, this park offers benches and a large lawn area, complete with big trees for shade, a BBQ pit and picnic tables, and to top it off you can find views of ships using the waterway too. Stop by in the fall and watch our local sea lions and osprey fish for salmon as the fish make their annual migration to spawn upriver.
Marra Farm comprises 4 acres of historically preserved farmland and the restored Hamm creek. The Farm was operated from the early 1900s until the 1970s as a truck farm by the Italian American Marra family, and then sold to King County. In the late 1990’s local residents along with several nonprofit organizations, government programs and dedicated volunteers restored the farm, creating a space that engages people in sustainable agriculture and education while enhancing local food security.
As the last working farm in Seattle, Marra Farm is a vital community resource. They use earth-friendly agricultural practices, with no chemical pesticides or fertilizers, to preserve the health and well being of their environment and their community. Many people visit Marra Farm to learn about gardening and healthy eating. Local elementary school children discover a new appreciation for fresh vegetables in Lettuce Link’s gardening and nutrition program (and they grow over 13,000 pounds of produce for the local food bank). Immigrant Mien community members learn to cultivate vegetables in Seattle’s climate and share successful growing techniques with Seattle-area gardeners. Information is also shared through gathering and exchanging seeds, multi lingual gardening classes and the P-Patch demonstration garden at the Farm.
Gardening, an outlet for physical exercise, serves as an emotionally calming and peaceful way of connecting to the Earth and our community. Festivals, picnics and harvest times bring South Park residents to Marra Farm’s ample open space to gather around the culture of growing food.
Marra Farm plants seeds for South Park community
By Athima Chansanchai, Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter
If it weren’t for the dogs, there’d be no fences dividing the plots at South Park’s historic Marra Farm.
The barriers serve a practical purpose in keeping munching mutts out of the harvest, but the non-profit Marra Farm Coalition doesn’t want anything else getting in the way of a united effort to connect with neighbors, provide fresh organic produce and teach their children where food comes from.
Concord Elementary Playground
723 South Concord Street
The outdoor renovation project at Concord Elementary is transforming underutilized and unwelcoming areas of the campus into vital school and community places of pride. Already complete is the installation of a new play structure, six new benches, a planter, a mural, new play lines, a basketball hoop, and new tetherball poles.
River City Skate Park
736 S. Cloverdale
The River City Skate Park, also known as Stargate, is a free, open to the public, concrete skatepark located in the heart of South Park.
Gateway Park South
Known to locals as McNeil Landing after South Parks unofficial mayor “Tim McNeil” a long time advocate for our community.
The property is adjacent to a street end that was developed as wildlife habitat and a public viewpoint. The site includes a historic (inactive) pump station building, which was an integral part of the Georgetown Steam Plant. This site marks the location of the former 8th Avenue Bridge that directly linked Georgetown and South Park neighborhoods until 1937.
The property represents one of very few green space and habitat restoration opportunities on the eastern shore of the Duwamish River between Boeing Field and Elliott Bay.
The Georgetown Steam Plant was originally built on pilings on the shore of a Duwamish River ox-bow in 1906, and river water was used for the boiler and condensers. In 1917, the Duwamish River was straightened, the ox-bow was filled in, and lines from the steam plant were extended to the pump station at this “Gateway North” site, on the current shore of the Duwamish, a mile southwest of the historic steam plant.
The park includes tiles made and painted by the community (coordinated by Gregory Fields) of South Park as well as large red gears (from the old Fremont Bridge) symbolizing South Park’s ties to local industry.