Everything and more in one square mile
South Park Seattle is a small neighborhood with a big voice. Nearly 4,000 people live, work, study, play, farm, and raise families in this river-hugging community wedged at the heart of the Duwamish Valley industrial corridor. Students, parents, business owners, artists, machinists, environmentalists, and civic leaders all call South Park home.
Seattle’s only riverfront neighborhood is also home to the city’s only working farm: Marra Farm, which generates tons of fresh, organic produce each year. The popular South Park Community Center offers numerous activities that are open to the public, including recreation and sports, afterschool and senior activities, and community events and meetings.
Environmental stewardship is present in the South Park consciousness. Despite the proximate Duwamish Waterway Superfund site, residents envision a cleaner, greener future for their community and for the Duwamish River wildlife corridor. Anyone can join the residents of South Park to participate in the annual Duwamish Alive! community cleanup events.
Neighborhood parks provide islands of open space for play, gatherings, and relaxation, including the Duwamish Waterway Park, Cesar Chavez Park, South Park Playground, and Marra-Desimone Park, plus the newly constructed River City Skate Park for skate rats, and the South Park Bark Park for dog lovers.
South Park families arrive from many parts of the world to build their dreams here. Visitors can learn about the history of the Duwamish people who first fished along the river and farmed its shores, and the more than 100 years of immigrant families who have settled and flourished in South Park. The SouthParkArts historic architecture walking tour features 20 stops including the South Park Neighborhood Center in the old South Park Firehouse.
South Park is a pulsing hub of industry, and an important part of Seattle’s success as a port city. Shipping from Elliot Bay arrives via the Duwamish Waterway. Business parks and industrial facilities support manufacturing, recycling, and nearby aerospace, all conveniently located just north of SeaTac and surrounding industrial areas. Industries located in the Duwamish Valley support approximately 80,000 family-wage jobs in Seattle city each year.
South Park is a community of character. People living throughout the Duwamish Valley speak more than 30 languages. For decades the citizens of South Park have raised strong families, farmed the fertile land, and forged independent businesses. Residents have a track record of stepping up and speaking out in a proud tradition of civic involvement to support the services, amenities, facilities, and resources in their community. South Park celebrates its diverse history and culture.