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A rendering of a park with trees and a Japanese gate.

Seward Park Torii Project

Building a new Japanese gate to replace a previous one that symbolized friendship between communities and cultures in Seattle

Project Description

This project will build a new torii, or Japanese gate, near the site of the 26-foot timber torii that once stood at the entrance to Seward Park. Built in 1934 by Seattle’s Japanese American community as part of the International Potlatch celebration, the original torii was removed in the mid-1980s due to decay. The new torii will be made from basalt columns and a timber crossbeam. Other improvements at the site will include a pathway and plaza that meet ADA requirements for accessibility. The path will pass by the foundations of the original torii as it leads to the new one, reminding visitors of the strong ties between the Japanese community and the rest of Seattle.