In a press release Seattle Parks confirmed that the chosen name is Gemenskap Park (pronounced Yuh-MEN-skawp), which is the Swedish word for community.
The creation of the park is set to convert two full blocks on 14th Ave NW (between NW 59th and NW 61st streets) and will replace the gravel parking median and portions of the existing concrete roadway.
Because this was a community initiated project and because of the area’s Swedish history and influence, the Park Naming Committee believes this unique park will help build community by turning parking into park space.
While there are several Ballard parks that have Norwegian names, this is the first with a Swedish name, Seattle Parks writes in their press release.
Learn more about Gemenskap Park here.