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  • Writer's pictureThe Eli's Park Project

The Eli's Park Project Timeline

In January of 2018, Seattle Parks and Recreation granted us permission to lead a community effort to renovate the Burke Gilman Playground Park. From there, we set out to raise $5 million to fulfill our dream of creating an accessible, nature-based park to celebrate our differences and bring people together. Ravenna Brewing hosted our first fundraising event, in February 2018, donating $1 from every pint of "Inclusion IPA". From there, we launched a huge fundraising campaign and in September 2019, we secured our first $1 million dollar gift.

In November 2018, we hired our wonderful landscape architecture team, Site Workshop to lead an inclusive design process. They spent the next three years listening to our community share their needs and dreams and designed a park that will be welcoming and accessible to all.

With the design finalized, we started the park naming process in February 2022. Our community came together and brainstormed, submitted, and voted for potential park names. In May 2022, the new name, “Pathways Park” was approved by our partners at Seattle Parks and Recreation. In May 2022, we also received our Construction Permit from the City of Seattle.

We plan to break ground in the summer of 2022! We are looking forward to seeing you all at the park.


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