Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park

2100 S Jackson Street

Amphitheater and fields, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Seattle, August 16, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Amphitheater, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Seattle, August 8, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Grass field, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Seattle, August 8, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Central Park Trail, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Seattle, August 8, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Playground, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Seattle, August 8, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Looking east from 20th Ave S toward south entrance of Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Seattle, 2020, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Jackson Street looking east from 20th Avenue South, Seattle, 1952, Seattle P-I photo courtesy MOHAI (1986.5.12386.1)

2100 S Jackson Street

Dr. Blanche Lavizzo was the first Black woman pediatrician in the state of WA, and served as the founding medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic from 1970 until her death in 1984. Dr. Lavizzo was also a dedicated community member and advocate, actively involved with the Seattle Urban League and the United Way of King County, among others. Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic became a part of the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center when it returned to the Central District in 1994. The park was dedicated in her honor in 1991.

Exit the park and head west on S Washington Street, which will lead into Pratt Park.

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