Donnie Chin International Children’s Park

700 S Lane Street

Donnie Chin International Children's Park, 7th Ave and Lane St, Seattle, October 15, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Dragon sculpture, Donnie Chin International Children's Park, Seattle, October 15, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Donnie Chin International Children's Park and downtown skyline, Seattle, October 15, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Playground, Donnie Chin International Children's Park, Seattle, October 15, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Man practicing tai chi, International Children's Park, Seattle, July 6, 1986, Courtesy MOHAI (2000.107.176.19.16)

700 S Lane Street

Formerly known as the International Children’s Park, this .2-acre public park was built in 1981. Along with lawn, landscaping, play areas and equipment, and seating, the park has a bronze dragon for children to play on that was designed by renowned artist and sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa. The park was renovated in 2012 with an addition of three sculptural elements that reflect the different cultures of the neighborhood. Designed by Seattle artist Stuart Nakamura, these sculptures are a spinning top, I-Ching coin, and Sepak Takraw Ball.

In 2016, the park was renamed for Donald “Donnie” Chin, a community and social justice advocate whose 2015 murder in the CID remains unsolved. Born in Seattle and with familial roots that began in the Chinatown community in 1880, Chin was an icon in the community, responsible for helping elders and mentoring hundreds of young people. As a teenager, he saw the need to provide services in a neighborhood where language and culture created barriers to accessing city emergency assistance. Chin’s idea and commitment led to his founding the International District Emergency Center (IDEC) in 1968 at the age of 13, a nonprofit organization that still exists today.

Walk north on 7th Avenue S to S Weller Street.

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