For half a century, Seward Park’s entrance was marked by a 26-foot tall torii, a gift of the Seattle Japanese Chamber of Commerce to the City of Seattle back in 1934. The iconic Japanese gate was removed three decades ago due to aging and decay but now, with a planning grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, the Friends of Seward Park is leading a movement to restore a torii to the Park.
Murase Associates landscape architectural firm will hold two public meetings to gather community input on the design and placement of the new torii. They will be held Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, and Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Lakewood-Seward Park Community Club.
To broaden community participation, the Friends also will host contests to design a torii-themed T-shirt and to write haiku, a Japanese form of poetry, related to Seward Park. The winning torii design and haiku will be produced on T-shirts t hat will be sold to help raise funds for the torii restoration. For further information, please visit www.sewardparktorii.org or contact Paul Talbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-898-1674.