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    “Best of Belltown” event tomorrow highlights future Bell Street Park & more

    Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a special event tomorrow night to highlight two big projects.
    Seattle Parks and Recreation is working on two projects for the Belltown community that will have a significant impact on the neighborhood: Bell Street Park and Belltown Community Center. Parks staff will provide project updates at the “Best of Belltown” event on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Crocodile Café, at 2200 2nd Ave. The Bell Street Park will transform Bell Street from 5th Avenue to 1st Avenue into a 17,000-square-foot linear street park. This project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy and will feature enhanced landscaping, state-of-the-art stormwater management and pedestrian and bike friendly curbless construction. Parks is currently working to get Seattle Department of Transportation Street Improvement permit approval. The new community center funded by the Community Center Levy will fulfill a commitment from the city to provide an important gathering and learning facility for the Belltown neighborhood. The intent of this project consists of leasing a 6,000-square-foot space and partnering with an independent operator for community programming. Parks is currently in the design phase and lease negotiations. The “Best of Belltown” event, sponsored by the Belltown Business Association, highlights positive news and happenings in Belltown. The park update will include a construction schedule, and community center target opening date. For more information on the community center, please contact Susanne Rockwell, Project Manager at 206-684-9286, or email her at susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov. Or, visit the website at: http://seattle.gov/parks/centers/current/Belltown_Neighborhood_Center.htm. For more information on Bell Street Park, please contact Patrick Donohue, Project Manager at 206-684-9286, or email him at patrick.donohue@seattle.gov. Or, visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/bell_street/boulevard_park.htm. Anyone in need of interpretation services at the meeting should contact Karen O’Connor at 206-233-7929, or email her at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov before June 10, 2011.