Don’t blink – you might miss Edmonds’ newest petite park

Dedication Wednesday, April 5
Mar 30, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel Dayton Street Plaza was helped by several private donors, including the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Hubbard Family Foundation, Edmonds in Bloom, and the Peggy Pritchard Olson Donor Fund.

Step aside, Edmonds Mini-Park (officially the Richard F. Anway Park), you cute little resting area in the ferry lanes, convenient for those needing a picnic table or bathroom break during the queue.

You have competition.

The city will add to its 25-plus park system at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, with the dedication of another mini-park, but this one majestically called Dayton Street Plaza.

Haven’t seen it yet? You have to really want to, as it’s nestled below street level on the south side of Dayton Street – you probably figured that one out – halfway between Second Avenue South and Third Avenue South.

Savvy Edmonds folks may do a double take: You mean that space in front of the Driftwood Players Rehearsal Annex? On the north end of the former Public Works building, also now home to ArtWorks?

That’s the one.

“This particular plaza is located outside of a city building and was identified as a great stopping place between downtown and the waterfront,” said Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Hite.

So, you’d be hard-pressed to persuade your dog to fetch a ball at this park. Too tiny. Family reunion? Uh, no. Sit and rest while on your way to the waterfront? Most definitely.

Curious, we reached out to those who could answer the following: Is this really a park?

“It is, in fact, a city park, similar to Hazel Miller Plaza, which is also a city park,” said Laurie Rose of the Edmonds Art Commission. Got that?

“Yes, it’s petite,” Rose added, “but it is a park!”

Said Hite, who has seen families with young children enjoying the plaza: “(It’s) a park because it is a gathering area, developed and maintained by the Parks department for the benefit of the public.”

There you go.

On Wednesday morning, two city workers were laying down pipes for irrigation while stepping around puddles from the never-ending liquid sunshine. They’ll be planting bushes and flowers on a muddy bank sloping up to the street.

What’s there? Dayton Street Plaza includes a seat wall, an interactive rainstick installation and a temporary public art installation by Edmonds artist Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks, who recently designed a temporary installation for a TedX event at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The central feature is a hardscape inlay by Edmonds artist Darlene McLellan. It was commissioned in 2008 and installed last year. The title? “Fibonacci?” Yes, with a question mark.

McLellan said the plaza inlay is reminiscent of a Fibonacci swirl.

What’s a Fibonacci swirl? We’ll save you a trip to Google. The question mark is because the science-y term is actually “Fibonacci spiral.” Apparently, mathematicians, architects and artists know about this, but we did not – in geometry, it’s a spiral whose growth factor is the golden ratio.

Don’t worry, there’s no test.

Just enjoy the park.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story, in the Edmonds Beacon newspaper, had the incorrect date of the park's dedication.















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