Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding an open house on Tuesday, July 9, to share plans for restoring the 12th Ave W & West Howe St Park back to a natural area later this summer.

Surrounded by the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt, the small park is known for its embankment slide, which will be removed, along with a concrete stairway, retaining walls, wood railings and paved areas.

Libby Hudson, capital project planner with Seattle Parks and Recreation, told the Queen Anne Community Council earlier this month that stabilizing the slide-prone area was part of SPR’s motivation for decommissioning the park, which will be restored for wildlife habitat, with native plantings along its slope.

12th West & West Howe Park is a documented critical area for slope, soil slides and wildlife habitat.

The open house will take place 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W. Hudson can be reached with questions about the project at or 206-256-5988.