Check Out What Seattle Did with a Dead-End Street

Photo: Dongho Chang
Photo: Dongho Chang

Here’s a creative way to make some excess asphalt into a community amenity.

This dead-end-street-turned-basketball-court sits at Eighth Avenue South and South Donovan Street in Seattle. It was completed this fall as part of a larger project that also included a parklet and colorful crosswalks in the South Park neighborhood.

Seattle’s Department of Transportation has been on the cutting edge of rethinking how some of asphalt in residential areas can be repurposed as community spaces.

Here’s another example from a part of the city called Rainier Vista. RV_Before_After

Since 2015, the city has converted 13 former road areas into small parks through the “Pavement to Parks” program. All the projects are tested on a temporary basis using low-cost materials so they can be tested. Then the community can determine whether to make them permanent. The average project cost about $70,000.

Here’s another look at that basketball court.basketball court seattleWell done.

  • Baloo Uriza

    So, added planters to what every street half as long as it is wide, ever. Got it.

  • jcwconsult

    These are fine and safe projects in areas with no through traffic, and in places the local residents approve of the changes.
    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  • Tooscrapps

    Motorists must be able to drive through residential areas without impediment and as fast as possible.
    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  • hb

    pretty sure this program was discontinued in the latest budget 🙁

  • Jeff Gonzales

    I was fooled

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