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Seattle Parks and Recreation completes last of Levy funded field renovation projects

With the completion of the new synthetic turf field at Washington Park Playfield, Seattle Parks and Recreation has completed the last of seven field renovation projects funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

The updated synthetic turf fields at Lower Woodland Park are playable any time of year.

The updated synthetic turf fields at Lower Woodland Park are playable any time of year.

“With the population of Seattle growing, and a vibrant sports community engaged in physical activity, there is an ever-increasing demand for places to play games,” said Bill Farmer, Friends of Athletic Fields Board President. “The Parks and Green Spaces Levy has helped meet that demand in a big way by increasing the capacity of existing playfields.”

Under the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, Seattle Parks and Recreation replaced underused and poor quality sand fields at seven sites for more reliable, year-round use. Synthetic turf playfields allow more play and require less maintenance.

Other sites with new synthetic fields include Lower Woodland Playfields #2 and #7, Delridge Playfield, Genesee Playfield #1 and #2, Walt Hundley Playfield and Washington Park Playfield.

The Washington Park Playfield project, located at project at 2500 Lake Washington Blvd. E in the Washington Park Arboretum, will provide year-round use for adult soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, softball Pony League baseball, lacrosse and football.

The project also improved accessibility and lighting. Existing field lights were replaced with more energy efficient, neighborhood friendly lighting. Parks worked with a consultant to provide safe and efficient lighting while eliminating as much objectionable glare and light spill into the neighborhood sky as possible.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocated $11 million to fund playfield renovation projects. With project management savings and a favorable bidding climate for construction projects, Seattle Parks was able to add three more playfield improvement projects to the original four named in the Levy.

Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by an impressive 59 percent vote in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provides development funding for projects such as improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, renovated playgrounds, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities.

For more information on this project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/default.htm