About Paulina Lopez

Paulina Lopez is a community and environmental activist and South Park resident. South Park has the highest rate of youth per capita in the area, but with very few youth programs available. Lopez leads the Youth Corps program, working tirelessly to better her community and the environment, and steering youth away from gang involvement. A four-year-old program, Youth Corps supports environmental and health improvement projects including urban forestry, neighborhood tree planting and graffiti cleanup. The program also introduces youth to concepts of environmental justice, educating them on the history of the Duwamish river — from the home of the Duwamish tribe to its heavy industrial use by Boeing during WWII and now to its status as a Superfund site.

In addition to leading the Youth Corps, Lopez sits on the Steering Committee to Revitalize Duwamish Waterway Park, a community-led effort to activate and revitalize South Park's only riverfront park.


Seattle Parks Foundation