Flo Ware Park

Flo Ware Park
28th & S. Jackson, Seattle WA

Flo Ware

A Community project to rebuild Flo Ware Park into a safe neighborhood playground and community gathering place, commemorating  the life-long works of Flo Ware, a black community activist, in the Leschi community and Central District of Seattle, Washington

The plans to improve the park are designed to attract larger and more diverse groups of people to this underutilized park through enhancement of safety, maintenance, and design features.

Rededication of Flo Ware Park - Saturday May 8th, 1pm-5pm
Program 1pm-2pm

Black History Month Celebration - Saturday, Feb 28th, 1pm

Neighborhood Grand Opening of Flo Ware Park - January 31st 11am-1pm

New Park to Open Soon!

Pictures of the Park Progress - November 2003

New Park Plan!

Neighborhood Celebration to receive $250,000 from Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Funds

We have received an additional $20,000 from Safeco - thanks ever so much for supporting Flo Ware Park and the community.

More about the design for Flo Ware Park


"Flo Ware (1912-1981) was the quintessential activist, known in Seattle for raising a strong and logical voice on behalf of children, the elderly, and the poor.  After her death, there was an outpouring of feeling from the Central Area community that she be memorialized. In 1982, the small urban park on the southeast corner of 28th Avenue S and South Jackson Street was named in her honor." (from Mary T. Henry Article)

"Flo Ware was black, and she was there to speak of justice for black people. She spoke of her cause in articulate fashion, telling it like it is, to the discomfort of many a powerful public figure."
(from Carl Heller letter, 1982)

"Many people have values. Her strength was that she believed in her values enough to act on them. In some societies, such a person would be considered dangerous."
(Bob Royer)

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Flo Ware Park has been in disrepair for some years.  The principal behind the project to rebuild Flo Ware Park has been that the more ideas and participation from the community, the more genuinely the new design will represent the desires and vision of the neighborhood. See how we're doing on raising the funds to rebuild Flo Ware Park. 
There are many ways that you can help.

After more than a year of planning and consultation with the neighborhood, we have an approved plan, and are moving into the next phase: finding the money to pay for the renovation.  Friends of Flo Ware Park have begun raising the needed funds, which are estimated to total about $500,000.  The committee has applied for several grants. See how we're doing with grants!

Success in attracting grants will be gauged by the level of community participation in giving towards this project.  Than means that every $5, $10 or $20 gift or more is counted as participation by the community.  Whatever amount of giving you can do will make a big difference!  Let's make Leschi an even better neighborhood for children.  Please participate in this project.

Donation Form

"Flo Ware was known to be a very secure person with little interest in material possessions, but her concern for the less fortunate caused her to spend countless hours on their behalf. She represented Seattle in numerous national conferences on programs from Head Start to projects in support of the aged. She served on innumerable national and local boards and received over 75 awards for her community work.

"She was an organizer of the Central Area School Board and the Foster Parent Association. She spearheaded the Meals on Wheels Program for the elderly and from 1968 to 1979 had a radio talk show on KRAB.  She also started the Central Area Senior Center."
(from Mary T. Henry Article)

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About Flo Ware
Why Rebuild?
How You can Help
New Park Design
Events
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Promoting Diversity

Contact us:  John Barber info@FloWarePark.org

Friends of Flo Ware Park - www.FloWarePark.org
P.O. Box 22391
Seattle, WA 98122-0319

 

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