• 500 Area of Discovery Park - aerial
  • 500 Area of Discovery Park - aerial
  • 500 Area of Discovery Park - panoramic
  • 500 Area of Discovery Park - Phasing plan

500 Area of Discovery Park

Seattle, Washington

Restoration of the 500 Area involved the demolition of 24 Army barracks, as well as a plan for restoring native woodlands and integrating the site with the overall Discovery Park Master Plan developed by Dan Kiley in 1974. Groves of white-trunked birch and aspen trees define the footprints of the demolished barracks, thereby acting as ghosts or memories of the white-clad barrack buildings. Alder, a robust native early successional species, was planted throughout the site to establish the initial forest cover. Over time, the alders will fix nitrogen and prepare the soil for the giant conifers of the restored native forest.