Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Mayor Johanna Rolland of Nantes, France signed a joint proclamation committing to continue the partnership between Seattle and Nantes and celebrating 40 years of the Sister-City relationship: “Our cities are places of experimentation and knowledge, incubators of creativity. They can be a source of proposals in many areas. We, the Mayors of Nantes and Seattle, are committed to sharing our experiences, to fostering constructive dialogue, to working together within the framework of our public policies, by 2030, and to developing partnerships between Nantes and Seattle in all. areas that can contribute to the well-being of our communities, and respect and protection of the fundamental values of freedom and equality that inspire us.
The city of Seattle, through Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community, reaffirms its sister-city relationship with Nantes, France, with the launch of the Nantes park beautification project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the sister-city relationship .
Nantes Park, located at 5062 SW Admiral Way in West Seattle, will receive a facelift that includes a paved loop walkway with integrated French art, temporary French art installations, and student-submitted art tiles along the wall from the headquarters. The project, led by the Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association (SNSCA) in partnership with the Admiral Neighborhood Association and funded by the Seattle Neighborhood Department, the City of Nantes, the West Seattle Garden Tour and volunteers, will transform the park into a fun, family-friendly and accessible community area reflecting the relationship with the sister city.
The SNSCA collaborates with Claude Ponti, beloved and prolific French children’s author and illustrator, on art for the park. Ponti’s experience with the Jardin des Plantes and the Parc de la Beaujoire in Nantes will showcase French-influenced art in the Nantes Park in Seattle, symbolizing the intersection of the two cultures through the Sister-City relationship. . Nantes Park will also represent Ponti’s first art installation to be presented in the United States.
“We are delighted to be working with Mr. Ponti. He has created more than a dozen whimsical and interactive works of art in the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes that capture the attention of children and adults alike. Interacting with its fantastic creatures arouses the imagination and the creative play ”.explains Susan Kegel, president of the Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association.
The park will also feature art tiles lining the seat wall. The art tiles will feature artwork submitted by students from Seattle and Nantes participating in the Passe Partout high school exchange program between the two cities.
A community review is scheduled for Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for SNSCA to gather feedback on the designs and for the community to provide feedback on the final art installations that will be shown in the park. Please visit the SNSCA website for more information on participating in the community review.
“I am delighted to see the fun ideas that are being explored for the renovation of the Nantes park, which is expected to take place this fall. The proposed renovations can be enjoyed by the entire West Seattle community and are sure to generate interest in our long-standing partnership with the people of Nantes, ”says Lisa Herbold, Seattle Council Member, who represents West Seattle and South Park .
The Nantes Park project is part of a year-long celebration on both sides of the Atlantic to mark the 40th anniversary of Seattle’s sister city relationship with Nantes. This spring, wait for the release of a special Seattle-Nantes Sister City beer created as part of aBeer-ation between Lantern Brewing from Seattle and Bubar from Nantes. This festive drink, brewed and bottled in each city from a common recipe, will be a gose type beer with cranberries from Washington State and Guérande salt from the Nantes region. To close the one-year program, Seattle will welcome the Nantes delegation in the fall of 2021 to celebrate the grand reopening of Nantes Park and discuss ideas for future partnerships.
The Nantes community will celebrate with a “Seattle Orchard” at the Jardin du Grand Blottereau, a sound installation at the Museum of La Maison des Etats Unis, film screenings, conferences and much more.
The SNSCA would like to thank the Admiral Neighborhood Association for its continued support for the beautification process of the Nantes park. Drew Sowa, President of the Admiral Neighborhood Association, said: “We are happy to support this project. The upgraded Nantes Park will be a walking and cycling destination for the Admiral, West Seattle and the many visitors who pass by on their way to Alki. »
The SNSCA would also like to thank the Seattle Neighborhood Department, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the West Seattle Garden Tour, the City of Nantes and community members for their support in launching this exciting business that will bring together leaders. institutional and elected officials, economic leaders, cultural actors and community associations.
For more information on the Seattle-Nantes Sister City association, the Nantes Park project and the events planned to commemorate the 40th anniversary, please consult www.seattle-nantes.org