Art Projects

Garden Square Planter

Garden Square in Occidental

Seattle was founded as a logging town in the 19th century and as it grew, the forest fell back. In 2016, a fragment of the forest was reconstructed in Occidental Square, one of downtown’s busiest public spaces. Native plants flourished within the walls of the Garden Square Planter, including vine maple, deer ferns, moss and a nurse log. The human timeline of our region was reflected in the planter’s matte black design, which echoes and honors the First Nations represented by nearby totems.

The Garden Square Planter was open for guests to enjoy June through October 2016.

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Occidental Square

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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
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  • 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