Cal Anderson Park Alliance Mission Statement

The Cal Anderson Park Alliance will create, nurture and support a variety of activities and events that encourage safe park usage and build a vibrant neighborhood and community.

Cal Anderson Park Alliance Values Statement

The Cal Anderson Park Alliance will actively and positively support community building within and among the rich and varied cultures of Capitol Hill and the greater Seattle community by promoting creativity, innovation and inclusion.

Cal Anderson Park Alliance Board

Erin Blakeney
Rachael Brister
Erin Espinosa
Matthew Ziegler
Randy Wiger, ex officio


To learn more about CAPA,
contact us at:
[email protected]

Cal Anderson
Park Alliance

CAPA is an organization convened in 2006 by Seattle Parks & Recreation which brings together citizens and Parks employees who are dedicated to generating creative, innovative activities, programs and events to activate Cal Anderson Park. Our goal is to build on and sustain healthy, safe and varied uses for the park. Welcome to our website, which will grow as our board grows. Check back often to see what events and activities are happening in the park! Click on the Calendar Link At the top of this page.


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2017 Capitol Hill Garage Sale

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Community Support

Donations to CAPA are fully tax deductible through our fiscal agreement with Associated Recreation Council (ARC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Checks may be made payable to CAPA/ARC and sent to CAPA, P.O. Box 12036, Seattle, Washington 98102.

CAPA has received support from the Raynier and Espoir Foundations for which we are most appreciative.

There are many ways to contribute to CAPA! We welcome your ideas and energy as well as your donations. Contact us to learn more ways to keep Cal Anderson Park the active center of community life and the heart of the Hill.

We are members of Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations to Kay Rood, tireless advocate and founding member of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance, and honored recipient of the 2013 “Spirit of the Hill” Award presented by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.



Talk to Us!

We’d love to hear from you!

Please share your ideas about the park or take a moment to take a quick park use survey.


About Cal Anderson:

Cal Anderson becomes Washington’s first
openly gay legislator on November 9, 1987


Democrat Calvin B. “Cal” Anderson (1948-1995) becomes Washington state’s first openly gay legislator when the King County Council appoints him to a vacant seat in the House of Representatives from Seattle’s 43rd District. Anderson will go on to win election to the House from the 43rd District. In 1994, he will win election to the Washington State Senate.

Anderson was a Democratic activist and an aide to Seattle City Council Member George Benson and to Mayor Charles Royer. He was a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army in Vietnam and called himself, “a Democrat who happens to be gay” (The Seattle Times). In the legislature Anderson backed gay rights legislation and battled initiatives that would discriminate against gays. He also worked for campaign finance reform, easier voter registration, and open access to government documents.

Cal Anderson died on August 4, 1995, of an illness related to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). On April 19, 2003, Cal Anderson Park, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, was named and dedicated in his honor, along with the park’s new structure, the Cal Anderson Shelterhouse. On September 24, 2005, the community celebrated the grand re-opening of the park. Essay 5407