Bill & Andy Parks ~ Building Lofts Inspired by Orangutans

EK On The Go – Episode #8

If you enjoyed our last episode, exploring people’s emotional connection to place with artist and place maker Susan Robb, then our guest today, developer Bill Parks—a place maker of a different sort—will keep you On The Go with us for the next 45 minutes.

Comparing him to other developers, The Seattle Post Intelligencer described Bill Parks as “a unicorn running in a herd of mules.”  Bill brings a playful artistry to each of his endeavors. These include the Fremont Lofts & Stonewater in Fremont and Boulders in Green Lake. His philanthropic work embraces local places like Wallingford Park, Nestucca Sanctuary, and Chief Seattle Club.

Joining Bill today is his son Andy Parks, who grew up visiting Bill’s construction sites and is now helping manage the Lee Street Lofts development. This father and son duo, spanning two generations, illustrate some of the shifts occurring in our city’s culture.

So, roll up your sleeves, strap on your tool belt and pull up your work boots…as we learn about Bill Park’s vision that has informed a lifetime of development work and helped beautify our city. We will also see how this legacy may be pushed forward to the next generation.

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Here is Bill & Andy in the studio, together with the items they brought along to share with you (Click on the image to enlarge):

Bill & Andy Parks in the recording studio

Bill & Andy Parks, Developers

Show & Tell

Andy & Cory                   Bill's carved wood

                   Andy & Cory ~ childhood friends      |     Madrona wood carved by Bill at the age of 10