• The Eli's Park Project

Through authentic listening, we have heard that people feel excluded from parks due a lack of physical accessibility as well as a lack of feeling safe and welcome. The Eli’s Park Project team is working to transform the Burke Gilman Playground Park into a place where everyone in our community feels a sense of belonging.

Our Seattle University interns are hosting a virtual event prioritizing LGBTQ+ voices on May, 26th from 6 pm - 7:30 pm to share the concept and gather feedback on what kinds of art, messaging, symbols, etc. would make this park a place that feels welcoming to all.

All are welcome to join and help us create a park where everyone belongs. For further information, or to request any accommodations, email

We would like to give a shout-out to Seattle Pride for putting us on their events page!

Event Registration Link:

For those who would like to give feedback but are unable to make it to the event, you can fill out this survey:

  • The Eli's Park Project

We are giving a huge thumbs up to our Washington State legislature for including The Eli’s Park Project in the capital budget!

We are thrilled to share that Eli’s Park Project was included in the capital budget. Here is what one community volunteer had to say about the exciting news: “Our district’s elected officials made this happen. They took time to listen and learn about our project, sponsored our request and advocated on our behalf. A tremendous thank you to Representatives Pollet and Valdez and to Senator Frockt for championing our project throughout the process. We are fortunate to be led by people who care about access, inclusion and equity for all.”

This brings our total raised to $3.7 million. We are now 74% of the way to our $5 million goal!

Thanks, as always to our wonderful community members and partner organizations for calling, writing and sharing your support. Because of you, this park will be a welcoming and inclusive place for all.

  • The Eli's Park Project

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Devon Midori Hale and Carol Rashawna Williams to the Eli’s Park Project community! These talented, creative artists are coming together to lead a series of community engagement workshops. We will collectively share stories of welcoming, goodbyes, themes of home and ways of resting as points of intersections to accessibility. Your input and feedback will be gathered together with other community stories to culminate into a huge public art installation that will temporarily transform Eli's park into an inclusive, accessible game board. This installation will be up for a year and emerging themes and artwork may find a forever home in the park.

All are welcome to attend one, two or all three workshops. Register here.

Workshop 1 – Virtual Session: Saturday, April 24, noon-2

Workshop 2 – Virtual Session: Saturday, May 8, noon-2

Workshop 3 – Drop in at the Burke Gilman Playground Park: Saturday, May 15, noon-4

Can’t make any of these dates, but want to share your ideas? No worries, take this short survey and your feedback will be included.