New park coming to the Gatewood neighborhood

An informational meeting about the upcoming demolition and restoration of property donated to the City of Seattle in the Gatewood neighborhood of West Seattle is being held by Seattle Parks on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the donated Watton property, 3823 SW Willow St, Seattle 98126 in West Seattle. It will become a neighborhood park.

Parks received the Watton property and funding to demolish the house as a reserved life estate donation from George and DeLayne Watton in 1999.

Parks is working to complete the permitting for the house demolition and anticipates demolition work will occur on September 15, 2014 with restoration of the site and establishment of turf to be completed by April 2015.

George Watton donated the remainder interest in the property in 2014, about a month before he passed away at the age of 95. The Wattons bought the property shortly after he returned from World War II and built the house in 1948.

Parks will work with the contractor to minimize the impact to the neighborhood during this work.

For more information about the property please visit: For special meeting accommodations or for more information about the project please contact Patrick Donohue, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-9286 or

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