Given the June 6th groundbreaking is pretty much ceremonial, and the construction won't start in earnest until early July, let's take a look a things that will be going away.

The trolley barn, it's fate still unknown, continues to threaten the schedule.

Note to local officials: figure this out!

Much has been written about world-class views from the park, but let's check the view of the park, from the water - certainly relevant to Elliott Bay boaters, ferry commuters, tourists afloat, and cruiseship passengers. From the water, the barn blocks about 1/3 of the park from view.

Then there's the parking lot surrounding, and under, the barn. It's going, along with the sea wall that holds it up. When it is more naturally merged with Myrtle Edwards park than the, abrupt meeting of cement and boulders, it will be transformed into sloping, fish, bird, crustacean, and human friendly shoreline habitat. Save me a place!

But, not a parking space, because they're going, too. While studies show the lot is only 30% utilized (24/7?), sunny weekends, or in this case, Memorial Days, will likely stress the underground parking that will replace it.

One neighbor's unoffical journal of construction progress made at the Olympic Sculpture Park. As seen over, and through, the fences.

May 30, 2005. Tell a friend.

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