The city of Seattle and King County have reached a land swap agreement to transfer ownership of City Hall Park to the county in exchange for 13 properties.
On Friday, King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office announced the agreement with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in a release.
The swap will give King County the half-acre park, allowing it to “complete its downtown Civic Campus,” in exchange for a total of 1.35 acres of land across the Seattle area.
The release states that the 13 properties the city will acquire will help it reach its “goal to expand and protect green space and public parkland,” particularly in the South Park area.
The agreement follows years of safety concerns surrounding City Hall Park, which is adjacent to the King County Superior Courthouse. Concerns reached a fever pitch last summer after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted inside a courthouse bathroom and a homeless encampment at the park continued to have issues.