King County set to trade with Seattle for City Hall Park

The proposed exchange must be approved by Seattle City Council.

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

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

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

Under the deal, King County would take control of the approximately half-acre park adjoining the King County Courthouse, and the city would get 13 plots of land in return, most bordering existing municipal parks. and totaling 1.35 acres in total.

The exchange comes after several cases of violent crime in the park, which is outside King County Superior Court in downtown Seattle. County council members pushed for the move to be a way to implement greater security measures in the park for the sake of the neighborhood.

The deal has yet to be approved by Seattle City Council before it is finalized.

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