For 50 years the Seward Park Torii (Japanese Gate) graced
the entrance to Seward Park. Originally built for the 1934 Potlatch Festival, it was given to the city as a symbol of friendship by the Seattle Japanese Chamber of Commerce and placed in Seward Park in 1935. It survived the hostilities of World War II and was finally removed due to aging and decay in 1985-1986. It was adopted as a symbol of the park's Centennial celebration in 2011, and community members suggested restoring it. Now the Friends of Seward Park have a grant to plan its restoration.
You can help the torii project by designing a torii T-shirt or writing a haiku
about Seward Park. The winning design and haiku will be reproduced on T-shirts and sold to help
raise funds for the torii. The contest is open until January 31. See our torii website for more information
about the contest and about the Seward Park Torii.
We have hired the landscape architectural firm Murase Associates, who will guide us in choosing a torii design. The first meeting will explore a wide range of alternatives of materials, styles, locations and contexts for the torii. Input gathered from the public will help Murase Associates develop there alternative designs for the second meeting, where the public can weigh in on which elements they prefer. A final design will be presented at the third meeting. Once we have a design, the Friends intend to apply for additional grants and raise money for construction. Please help us by attending planning meetings to design a new torii.
SAT January 26, 10am - 12pm, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S
WED March 13, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, 1414 Weller St
TUE, April 23, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Lakewood-Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S Angeline St