International Children’s Park in Seattle is being renamed to honor the longtime safety activist who was killed last summer.
Seattle City Council Monday voted unanimously to rename a park in the Chinatown International District after Donnie Chin, a neighborhood safety activist killed in a 2015 shooting.
Typically, city policy requires that a person be deceased for a minimum of three years before a park can be named in his or her honor, but council members said Chin was an exceptional leader and a community hero.
“This exception is quite fitting for a man who never hesitated to give back to his community, said Councilmember Debora Juarez. She said Chin responded to thousands of emergencies over the years and helped train hundreds of volunteers to help residents and protect the safety of the neighborhood.
“Donnie was the heart and soul of the International District,” Juarez said.
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The park will be called Donnie Chin International Children’s Park, at 700 S. Lane St. Chin was a champion of creating the park, which was built in 1981 and substantially renovated in 2012.
The 59-year-old Chin was responding to an early-morning report of gunshots on July 23 when he was caught in a crossfire between rival groups, police said. No one has been arrested in the slaying.