Edwin Pratt Park is named in 1976.

  • By Mary Henry
  • Posted 8/12/2001
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 3492
In 1976, Edwin T. Pratt Park is named in honor of Seattle Urban League executive director Edwin Pratt (1930-1969), who was slain by unknown assailants at his home in 1969. The park is bounded by 20th Avenue S, E Yesler Way, S Washington Street, and 18th Avenue S. It lies companionably near the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center; Bryant Manor, an apartment complex owned and sponsored by the First African Methodist Episcopal Church; and Kawabe House, a moderate income retirement home.

The park site was bought by the city in 1958, as part of the grounds for the Washington Junior High School, one block to the east. In 1966, it was chosen as the site for a park since the school had been rebuilt farther south on Jackson.

Financed by funds from Forward Thrust and Urban Renewal, the park was developed between 1972 and 1979. It was designed by the firm of Woo and Park.

In 1976, the Park Board began considering the name of Edwin T. Pratt for the park. The naming was to be contingent upon concurrence by the Seattle Urban League and then only if the development was to be part of a healthy, economic neighborhood improvement program.

In 1995, a water play area in the park, designed with an African theme for children, was dedicated in honor of Dr. Blanche Sellers Lavizzo, founding medical director of the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic.


Sources: Mary T. Henry, Tribute: Seattle Public Places Named for Black People (Seattle: Statice Press, 1997).

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