Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) opened the renovated play area and viewing plaza at Gas Works Park today, October 5, 2018. The sand box will remain closed until next week. The renovation features industrially-influenced new play equipment and improves accessibility at the play area.
The play area project was designed in-house by SPR’s landscape architect, and Wyser Construction was awarded the construction contract.
To use resources more efficiently, SPR combined the play area renovation with necessary improvements to the play barn. Gas Works Park facilities were constructed in 1974 and opened in 1975, making them over 40 years in age and in need of repair and improvement.
The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocated $1.4 million for planning, design and construction for the Gas Works Park Play Area renovations.
Gas Works Park, located at 2101 N Northlake Way is one of Seattle’s premier city, regional, statewide and even nationally-renowned parks. The park was designed by Richard Haag and was listed as a Seattle Historical Landmark in 1999. The park is also listed on the Washington State Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information about the play area project visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/gas_works/
Thank you to the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) for hosting the public meetings prior to the renovation. The WCC is a neighborhood voice representing the greater Wallingford community in interactions with city government on land use, transportation, and parks. They host their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at the Good Shephard Center.