King County close to making trade with Seattle for City Hall Park

The proposed swap needs to be approved by Seattle City Council.

King County Courthouse adjacent to City Hall Park (courtesy of City of Seattle)

King County Courthouse adjacent to City Hall Park (courtesy of City of Seattle)

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, the King County Council approved legislation to turn over City Hall Park to the County in exchange for several County-owned properties within Seattle.

It passed by a vote of 7-2 with Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Reagan Dunn, Rod Dembowski, Dave Upthegrove, Claudia Balducci, Kathy Lambert and Pete von Reichbauer voting for and Councilmembers Girmay Zahilay and Joe McDermott voting against the measure.

Under the agreement, King County would take control of the roughly half-acre park adjoining the King County Courthouse and the city would get 13 parcels of land in exchange, most of them bordering existing city parks and totaling 1.35 acres in all.

The swap comes after several instances of violent crime in the park, which sits in front of King County Superior Court in downtown Seattle. County council members pushed for the move as a means of implementing greater safety measures in the park for the sake of the neighborhood.

The deal still needs approval from the Seattle City Council before it is finalized.




In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bothell-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bothell-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

File photo
WA lawmakers propose making companies responsible for recycling improvements

SB 5697 would compel industries to report data, invest in infrastructure, meet standards.

Governor Jay Inslee. Sound Publishing file photo
Inslee: Officials’ lies about election results should be crime

Governor wants lawmakers to pass legislation making it a gross misdemeanor.

Sarah Perry, King County Council
King County Councilmember Sarah Perry shares her priorities for Eastside

New District 3 King County Councilmember Sarah Perry has outlined behavioral health,… Continue reading

Screenshot of Washi Origami Crane earrings taken from Casion Jewelry website
‘Cranes for Peace’ jewelry maker to demonstrate at Cascadia Art Museum during Edmonds Art Walk

“Cranes for Peace” campaign raised awareness and funding to combat anti-AAPI hate.

File photo
County auditor finds agencies fall short on emergency services

The auditor’s office recommends clarifying responsibilities and accountability for effective planning.

During a news conference Thursday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee explains the deployment of the National Guard to hospitals to assist with the coronavirus surge. (TVW) 20220113
Surgeries paused, National Guard deployed to assist hospitals

King County health officials say 1 in 7 ICU and acute-care hospital beds are occupied by a COVID patient.

Screenshot from City of Kent Facebook Page
Trash piles up in King County neighborhoods after agency postpones service for weeks

Collection company initially cited weather as the reason, but now a strike interferes.

Screenshot from King County Council meeting
King County Council approves new leadership, committee structure and assignments

The leadership positions and committee assignments will last through 2022.

Most Read