Updated: 1 day ago

Drop in and join the Eli’s Park Project community for one last celebration before we break ground and begin renovations this summer.

We will be hanging out at the Burke Gilman Playground Park (future home of Pathways Park) on June 5th from 1:00 - 3:00. We will have lots of fun activities and people of all ages, abilities and identities are welcome.


Storytime with June Vanderhoff

Eli’s grandma and author of, A Home for a Gnome, will be reading her book and signing and giving away 100 free copies.

Grow Your Own Microgreens

If you have a love for plants, come plant your very own microgreens with Laura Matter from the Garden Hotline. Laura and the Garden Hotline will provide a small cup, soil and seed for you to get started and take home and grow!

Ravine Poetry with Our Teen Advisors

Do you love to write and exercise your creativity? Our Teen Advisors will be located near the Rainbow Ravine to help you write some metaphors, odes and haikus to celebrate the natural beauty of the ravine.


Wedgwood Starbucks is generously donating beverages for the event! Store Manager, Marshall, shares our mission and values, come pay him a visit.

Lushootseed with Nancy Jo Bob

Come learn about Seattle’s first language, Southern Lushootseed (txʷəlšucid, dxʷləšúcid) with Nancy Jo Bob who has been working to revitalize the language for over 20 years. Scan the QR code to listen to the pronunciation of Pathways Park.

See the Plans and Stay Connected

Our landscape architects from Site Workshop will be hanging out ready to show you the final design! Come check out the plans and join the Friends of Pathways Park to get updates and be part of ensuring the new park remains a welcoming place for all.

Yard Games and Play

Get ready to gather with your community and play yard games! We will have lots of fun games. Teen volunteers from the Eckstein soccer team will be on hand to welcome everyone in to play.

Hope to see you all there!

Thank you to Outdoors For All for promoting our event. Outdoors For All is dedicated to teaching individuals with disabilities adaptive recreational activities.

  • The Eli's Park Project

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.

Updated: May 7

Over the last few months, you submitted over 250 ideas for a new name for the Burke Gilman Playground Park. Two names rose to the top: Pathways Park and Rainbow Ravine Park.

Our partners at Seattle Parks and Recreation have approved a new name! In honor of the past and present Duwamish people, the name has also been translated into Southern Lushootseed. Today, we are excited to share the new name:

Pathways Park

Here are just a few of the reasons people shared for selecting Pathways Park:

“I love Pathways Park as a name for this space. I think it so genuinely captures the spirit of this whole project and the journey we’ve taken.”

“Pathways represents the literal pathways through the park and the figurative ones that bring people here, welcoming everyone.”

“I love that the park has parallel pathways and is accessible to all. I also love that these pathways inherently lead to the intermingling of people of all different abilities and are inclusive to all.”

We love it too! Thank you all for contributing and supporting this naming process. We are looking forward to breaking ground this summer and hanging with you at Pathways Park!