Art Projects

Communal Table

From Brussels to Miao to California to Seattle, new bonds form when friends and neighbors come together at banquet tables. In fact, there’s a growing body of research that highlights both the social and health benefits of communal eating. To this end, DSA and Jim Nicholls of the University of Washington built and installed four sturdy, long community tables in Westlake Park and Occidental Square – areas for downtown workers, visitors and residents to pull up a chair and enjoy a meal. Timber from local fir was stained in a tapestry of colors to reflect the diversity of downtown, and the tables sparked new interactions and neighborhood connections. Visitors enjoyed these communal tables in the parks from June to November 2016.



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Occidental Square

Westlake Park

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Contact Info

General Park Info:

Michael Johnson, Director of Parks & Public Spaces


Jennifer Casillas, VP, Public Realm & Ambassador Operations

Art and Public Space Projects:

Seth Geiser, Manager, Urban Planning & Design

Park Rules

The Seattle Municipal Code prohibits:

  • Placing any structure or obstruction in the park without a permit
  • Dogs or other pets that are not leashed; person with dog must carry and use equipment for removing feces.
  • Sale of merchandise without a permit
  • Amplified sound without a permit.
  • Camping
  • Liquor (open or closed container)
  • Littering
  • Skateboarding, roller-skating
  • Illegal gambling
  • Urinating or defecating

Parks Code of Conduct (enforceable under SMC 18.12.040) prohibits:

  • Depriving others of their use or enjoyment of the park
  • No smoking
  • Unattended items
  • Creating a risk of harm to any person or property
  • Obstructing pedestrian traffic; interfering with the provision of services or the use of park property
  • Disrupting Parks and Recreation activities.
  • Abusive or harassing behavior