The vision for Cayton Corner Park was laid out across tables inside the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center on Tuesday night and revised with markers as a flurry of ideas were shared by community stakeholders.

“I’m hoping every time we meet we’ll see something better that really inspires us,” said HSDC executive director Lindsay Klarman at the start of the Dec. 5 design workshop.

The Friends of Cayton Corner have been working since 2012 to redevelop a 4,500-square-foot parcel at 19th Avenue and East Madison Street into a park space, and have recently added new partnerships into the fold in an effort to boost community ownership and fundraising efforts.

J.A. Brennan Associates has been working with Friends of Cayton Corner under Department of Neighborhoods grants to come up with a design, but the last iteration was determined to be too costly for what project partners feel can be raised realistically.

The best of those park features were pulled from the design and reorganized around the corner lot during the Dec. 5 workshop, with some old ideas being scrapped and some new visions being put on the table.

Emily Griffith with J.A. Brennan Associates said $250,000 for park construction was likely the upper-most limit for funding. Another $100,000 is expected for associated costs. The architecture firm has about $7,400 in DON grant funding left for design work.

Griffith brought some rough sketches of revised design options as templates to work on, with stakeholders generally favoring a central lawn, aligning seating away from East Madison, having a higher plaza area and staircase at the northwest corner of the pocket park and an accessible path and pass-through option for people wanting to cut across Madison to 19th and vice-versa. No one protested scrapping a slide that had originally been incorporated into a play space.

HSDC is heavily committed to making Cayton Corner Park a reality, Klarman said. The organization has a preschool program that serves deaf and hard of hearing children, and having a place for them to play outside is highly desired.

Alicia Campolito with Aegis on Madison suggested seating in a central part of the park, which would allow seniors to take in the entire space.

Pamela Kliment, Seattle Parks and Recreation planner for the project, said she wants to see seating that allows people to sit opposite each other, rather than just park benches. Klarman liked Kliment’s proposal for game tables.

Cayton Corner Park was recently reseeded, and SDOT will repair the adjacent sidewalk on 19th Avenue in the spring. It’s unclear what final plans will be for the right of way along East Madison, as SDOT continues designs for the Madison Bus Rapid Transit project that will serve a new Rapid Ride G route, Griffith said. A bus stop will be sited further west of the park.

“We were so nervous that there would be one added here,” Kliment said, “and we were so relieved.”

There was some question as to whether dogs should be allowed in the pocket park. Campolito said some Aegis on Madison residents are dog owners, and they would like to walk their dogs there, as it is more accessible than Miller Park to the north. Klarman said HSDC is a dog-friendly workspace.

Klarman also asked that there be some type of barrier along Madison, as HSDC works with very young deaf and hard of hearing children and there is concern about them running toward the highly trafficked street.

Sean Watts with the Seattle Parks Foundation suggested local artists could be brought on to add some new elements to Cayton Corner Park, and Klarman said she’d like to see a plaque or other tribute to the park’s namesakes. Horace and Susie Revels Cayton lived in the neighborhood from the 1880s to 1940 and published several local newspapers. Urban Artworks completed a “Cayton Corner Park News” mural along the back wall that separates the park and back wall in 2015, and plans are to keep it.

Griffith said the ideas and changes recommended during the workshop will be put into a revised design to be brought back during a future workshop.

Friends of Cayton Corner meet 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in the Hannah Grunbaum Board Room of the HSDC building, 1625 19th Ave.