Mini Mart City Park’s long-term goal is to transform a former gas station into a public pocket park and artsoriented community education and environmental action center in Georgetown near Boeing Field. Grant funds will help support the installation of bioretention planters, permeable paving and hardscaping, green roof infrastructure, and Native drought-tolerant landscaping to benefit local water quality in this highly-visible Duwamish Valley location. Multilingual signage will provide a lasting public education element about the benefits of the green infrastructure in reducing stormwater pollution, and partnerships with DIRT Corps and the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps will open up green job pathways for local youth. Specifically, DIRT Corps and DVYC will contribute to design, installation, maintenance, community engagement, job training, education, and ongoing green infrastructure training at Mini Mart City Park. Some of the initial work has already begun, having received $10,000 from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to plan the collaboration. Once fully constructed, MMCP will be a case study for how other historical landmarks – even those on contaminated land – can be remediated and repurposed into vibrant community spaces that contribute to initiatives like improving regional water quality.
Mini Mart City Park
Green Stormwater Infrastructure at Mini Mart City Park
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2019