SEATTLE – Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle), together with her colleagues, approved legislation during today’s Full Council meeting that would transfer ownership of land located at the intersection of Bartlett Avenue Northeast and Sand Point Way Northeast to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). This land will expand the size of the Lake City Memorial Triangle, a community garden dedicated to the victims and survivors of gun violence that occurred in the neighborhood on March 27, 2019.
“When we talk about ending gun violence on the national stage, we are talking about places like Lake City, said Juarez. “The Lake City Memorial Triangle exemplifies this community’s resiliency and healing. Out of the senseless violence formed new bonds and friendships, connected in their dedication to the neighborhood and those affected by the violence. Now with SDOT as a partner, we can rest assured that this memorial triangle will be protected and maintained for years to come.”
“We were grateful to have Councilmember Juarez and key members of the Lake City community from her District 5 speak with great emotion at our Committee in favor of the legislation to support this new memorial parklet and bus stop,” said Councilmember Alex Pedersen, (District 4 – Northeast Seattle) and Chair of the Transportation and Utilities Committee. “Neighbors have been working together on this memorial on Sand Point Way since the tragic shootings there in 2019. The legislation may seem technical and dry, but it represents the opportunity for City Hall to help that community bond, remember, and heal.”
Seattle Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and Lake City Way neighbors, created a memorial garden near the location of the March 2019 shooting, by means of a community-led beautification project known as the Lake City Living Memorial Triangle (“LCLMT”).
In response, a 900 square foot of privately-owned land near the #75 Metro bus stop was identified as the sight for the Living Memorial. The memorial is a push forward for the City to continue to enrich and support the local community, by transforming the overgrown and forgotten property into a place of community gathering and reflection.
Amazon made a contribution to the Seattle Parks Foundation to purchase the private property. Additional funding was provided by the Neighborhood Matching Fund and Small Sparks grant from the Department of Neighborhoods.