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In 2006, the Alki Substation was inaugurated as Nantes Park. The Association helps maintain the Park through regular community weeding events.
On March 25, 2021, Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Mayor Johanna Rolland of Nantes signed a joined proclamation committing to a continued partnership between Seattle and Nantes. The press release also detailed plans for the Nantes Park Beautification Project taking place this year.
The full press release and proclamation can be found on the Seattle Parks and Recreation website here.
In 2006, SNSCA president Bunny Schmidley, Council member Tom Rasmussen, and Nantes-Seattle President Mariette Cassourret plant a magnolia tree in Nantes Park.
Beautifying Nantes Park
Beginning in 2020, SNSCA launched the Nantes Park Beautification Project, which will feature a paved park walkway, art installations that connect Seattle's Nantes Park and the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes, and student-submitted art tiles along the seat wall in time to welcome the Nantes-Delegation for the 40th anniversary celebration. The project will transform Nantes Park from a small, rarely used pocket park into something that is fun, kid-friendly, and reflective of the sister city relationship with Nantes.
SNSCA thanks the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the West Seattle Garden Tour, the City of Nantes, and the Admiral Neighborhood Association for their support in launching this exciting endeavor.
The beautification project will conclude in Sept/Oct 2021 with the welcoming of the Nantes delegation for the 40th anniversary celebration, originally scheduled for October 2020.
Connecting to Nantes through Shared Art
Inspired by the idea of increasing the park's connection to Nantes, the Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association is thrilled to work with Claude Ponti, beloved and prolific French children's author and illustrator. His influence has gone beyond literature and to museums and public spaces in Nantes and internationally, notably with his exhibits at the Jardin des Plantes and the Parc de Beaujoire in Nantes.
A community review was held on Tuesday, March 30th to decide which of Ponti's art installations will be showcased in Nantes Park. Take the survey to provide your input!
Ponti's Les Totémimiques at the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes
Ponti's Pot-à-Porte at the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes
Share your input by taking a quick survey.
Student Tile Project
Nearly a decade ago, former Seattle-Nantes President Tom Bennett wanted to beautify Nantes Park by having students design tiles to be placed along the sitting wall. This idea is finally being realized. Middle school and high school students from both the Académie de Nantes and Seattle are submitting tile designs that exemplify the connection between the two cities as they celebrate 40 years of friendship.