Seattle Parks and Recreation begins repairs on Burke-Gilman Trail

Repairs to five sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the University District will begin on Monday, Nov. 7. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) awarded the construction contract for repairs to Westwater Construction. Work is scheduled to be completed in early 2017. This project will repair sections of the trail, remove areas of asphalt in disrepair, remove invasive roots that are causing upheaval, and replace those sections with new asphalt. Trail sections were determined by 2015 condition-assessment work done in collaboration with Seattle Department of Transportation.

Cyclists and pedestrians will be detoured around the construction area onto side streets. The contractor will work on one section at a time, from east to west, to reduce the impact to trail users. Please visit for more information about the detour routes.img_0818

SPR will also perform small asphalt repairs on the Burke-Gilman Trail in November between Gas Works Park (Meridian Ave. N) and the I-5 bridge, and may require cyclists to dismount and walk around repair work (no detour route will be required). 

 he Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for this Burke-Gilman Trail improvement project. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

 For more information, please visit or contact Sandi Albertsen, Project Manager, at or 206-684-8938.




Construction of Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail temporarily closes south end of Arboretum Dr. E

Community encouraged to visit and sign up for construction updates

On Monday Sept., 26, 2016, Ohno Construction will begin to tear up and replace the south end of Arboretum Drive E. This Arboretum access point will be closed through October 15, 2016 to build a key connection for the new loop trail. Bicycle traffic will be detoured to Lake Washington Boulevard E and pedestrians detoured to cross at Wilcox Bridge at Lynn Street to access the Arboretum. This short notice is a response to a scheduling opportunity with a subcontractor that will allow the contractor to complete a key section of the trail and help get sections open to the public ahead of schedule.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we construct these improvements at the Arboretum.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Drive, creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff is the priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. To receive construction updates please visit

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is key in mitigation effects of the upcoming replacement of the SR 520 Bridge. It fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands.

For more information about the project visit For additional questions please contact project manager Garrett Farrell at or 233-7921.


Construction of Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum begins

Community encouraged to visit and sign up for construction updates

Seattle Parks and Recreation and partners, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation, are happy to announce the beginning of construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. The  1.2-mile trail will connect to Arboretum Drive and create a 2.5-mile loop path through the Washington Park Arboretum, providing improved access to the flagship public garden. Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract for the paved, multi-use Arboretum Loop Trail to Ohno Construction

The Arboretum will remain free and open to the public throughout construction. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff is the top priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. We may temporarily close or reroute some trails when work is taking place nearby. To receive meeting notification and construction updates please visit

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund the implementation of the Arboretum Loop Trail. The project, originally outlined in the Arboretum’s 2001 Master Plan, is part of the required mitigation for the replacement of the SR 520 Bridge. It fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2017.

For more information about the project visit: If you have questions email or contact project manager Garrett Farrell at or 233-7921.




Construction begins at Jimi Hendrix Park

Temporary construction fencing went up April 29,2015

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with ERRG, Inc. to transform Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle’s Central District into a celebratory space worthy of its namesake, hometown rock icon Jimi Hendrix. The 2.5-acre green space, located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, will come to life throughout the summer and is scheduled to be complete by the end of September 2015.

The contractor will begin work by installing the underground utilities and the connection to the city sewer line. Next they will start the demolition work, move to the rough grading of the site, and then move on to the more visible built improvements. This project will complete phase one of the work. Fundraising for phase two has begun and information can be found here:

There will be a planting party in late summer and the community is invited to attend. Planting instructions and tools will be provided. Stay tuned for more information.

If you’d like more information and want to view the schematic design of the park plan please visit our website at

For specific questions, contact Kim Baldwin, Parks Project Manager at


Seattle Parks and Recreation repairs Golden Gardens Park hillside damaged by landslide

Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin work this week on Seaview Place NW/ Golden Gardens Drive NW in Golden Gardens Park. The project will repair landslide damage and install drainage in the hillside. Construction work is expected to be completed by September 30, 2014.

The contractor, Goodfellow Brothers Construction, will work during daylight hours and traffic will be limited to one lane at times. Goodfellow Brothers will have flaggers and construction signage above the dog park and below/south of the railroad tracks to help with the traffic flow and alert drivers.

The site is located along Golden Gardens Drive NW, approximately 800 feet north of the intersection with Seaview Avenue NW. Golden Gardens Drive Northwest is situated in a deep-seated slide zone and is an asphalt-paved roadway that winds through Golden Gardens Park. Golden Garden’s dog park is located north east of the site, and a Burlington Northern Rail line is located west of the site. The remainder of the surrounding area is undeveloped park property. It is one of only two arterial streets (and non-arterial street) by which the heavily-used Shilshole Bay area can be accessed by motor vehicle.  Major landslides and heavy erosion activity have occurred in this general vicinity.

For additional information please contact Garrett Farrell, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-233-7921 or

Construction may affect use of Burke-Gilman between NE 125th & NE 135th streets

Private construction activity near the Burke-Gilman Trail may result in temporary delays or congestion for both bicycle and pedestrian use of the trail between NE 125th St. and NE 135th St., beginning on or about Monday, July 28, and continuing through the month of August. The trail will be open, but the available width of the paved pathway will be reduced. To assure the safety of all, bicyclists may be required to dismount and walk their bikes through this section of the trail.

A portion of the paved trail will be fenced off for a distance of approximately 150 feet north of NE 125th. The unpaved running and walking path along the east side of the trail will be open for use.

Seattle Parks and Recreation regrets the need to interrupt bicycle use of the trail, but this temporary restriction is necessary for safety reasons. The construction project will install protective coverings and gabions on the hillside on the west side of the trail to help stabilize the slope. The work is intended to confine and stabilize the lower portion of the slope where groundwater seepage and erosion have resulted in continued sloughing of the hillside and landslides. The City of Seattle is cooperating with this work by allowing limited use of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

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Kite Hill in Gas Works Park to close From September – May for soil cover project

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) in cooperation with Seattle Parks and Recreation is working on a soil cover project at Gas Works Park that will close Kite Hill from the day after Labor Day (Sept. 2) to the following Memorial Day, 2015.

The project adds a layer of soil and plants new grass on Kite Hill in advance of an offshore sediment cleanup at the edge of Lake Union. Preliminary construction activity starts on Aug. 18, 2014 with Kite Hill and the surrounding area closing on Sept. 2.

The lengthy closure is needed to allow the new grass to get established before the area is reopened to the public. Gas Works Park is located at 2101 N Northlake Way on the north edge of Lake Union.

For approximately six weeks there will be intense construction activity with large trucks and earth moving equipment removing the existing topsoil and pathways and hauling and placing new material. The sundial at the top of Kite Hill will be protected in place and will not be removed. New pathways, in basically the same location as the existing paths, will be added to Kite Hill during the initial construction phase. The intermediate path on the south side of the hill is the only path that will be eliminated. A second round of hydro-seed (grass) may be needed in the spring prior to reopening Kite Hill to the public. When Kite Hill is reopened, the look and feel of the hill will be the same as it is today.

PSE is the successor in interest to the former owner (Washington Natural Gas) of the park site when it was used for a plant to manufacture gas from coal during the first half of the 20th century. PSE and the City of Seattle are the two responsible parties for the on-going cleanup of Gas Works Park. The City and PSE have a consent decree with the state Department of Ecology for the upland portion of the site.

PSE is currently working on the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS), which will address the offshore sediment contamination and present options for the cleanup. One of the issues associated with the sediment work is the potential recontamination of the remedy from outside source(s) including uncovered areas of the park where there may be contamination at the surface. By adding clean soil to Kite Hill the risk of recontamination of the sediment from the surface flow of storm water is minimized. Both Ecology and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are very supportive of this early action as we move towards the sediment remedy.

For more information please visit the park webpage at or contact David Graves, Sr. Planner for Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-7048 or



Seattle Parks and Recreation opens first block of Bell Street Park to pedestrians today

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce substantial completion of the first block of Bell Street Park project. The block will be open to pedestrians today and to cars on Thursday, August 1, 2013. This first block took longer than anticipated to complete because of work that had to be redone; however, the entire project is on schedule and will be completed in mid-December 2013. The community is invited to celebrate the completion of the first block at the National Night Out event on August 6, 2013 on Bell Street from 1st – 3rd Avenues.

Parks awarded the construction contract to AGR Construction Inc for Bell Street Park. The park will run from 1st – 5th Ave. on Bell Street. The contractor is dividing the work into individual blocks. They began construction on June 24 on block 2 (3rd – 4th) and will begin construction block 3 (4th – 5th) the last week in July. AGR anticipates starting construction on the final block 4 (2nd – 3rd) after Labor Day. Construction on three blocks may overlap during late summer and early fall.

Seattle Parks is providing safe access to all businesses and residents along this portion of Bell Street during construction. Parks appreciates the neighborhood’s understanding and cooperation during construction and encourages residents to contact Project Manager Patrick Donohue with construction concerns.

Bell Street Park will be a unique park for Seattle, providing much needed community open space for the high density Belltown neighborhood. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy project provides the funding to convert one traffic lane and reconfigures parking to create a park-like corridor through the heart of Belltown on Bell Street.

The project was first envisioned in the 1998 Belltown/Denny Triangle Neighborhood Plan with leadership from the Belltown Housing and Land Use Committee. Subsequently, the Belltown Community Council, Belltown Business Association and other community groups requested that the City develop the project as a response to inadequate open space facilities in the neighborhood and the difficulty in purchasing property for such uses.

For more information please call Patrick Donohue, Project Manager, at 206-684-9286 or email him at For project information, visit

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool building taking shape

Seattle Parks and Recreation anticipates celebrating the opening of the Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool in late September 2013. The contractor, CE&C, Inc., is making great progress on the new 46,500-square-foot facility.  Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool is located at 8825 Rainier Ave. S.

Construction at Rainier Beach Community Center is expected to be complete in September 2013.

Construction at Rainier Beach Community Center is expected to be complete in September 2013.

During the design process in 2009 -2010, Parks worked with the neighborhood to develop the best plan for the community. The new facility will include a gym, a large dividable multipurpose room, kitchen, teen rooms, a computer lab, an arts & crafts room, a child care facility, a recreational pool with waterslide and lazy river, and a lap pool with an additional space for birthday parties.

The project team, Seattle Parks and Recreation, ARC Architects and Counsilman Hunsaker aquatic engineers, has set sustainable design goals with a focus on reducing energy and water use. This team is working to achieve a LEED Gold certification for the building.

“The Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool plays an important role in this community,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent. “This $25 million investment in this neighborhood is a core element of the Neighborhood Plan, and will provide recreation programs in collaboration with community organizations.”

The new pool at Rainier Beach will have a lap pool, lazy river and slide.

The new pool at Rainier Beach will have a lap pool, lazy river and slide.

Parks will own and operate the community center and pool. Parks is in the process of contracting with six community organizations to enhance and expand the services already provided by Parks. This new partnership model will help Parks meet many of the goals and priorities outlined in the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update developed by the community, the Department of Neighborhoods and Department of Planning and Development.

Seattle artists Roy McMakin and Jeffry Mitchell will create artwork for the center.

During the closure, Seattle Parks relocated some community center programming, such as the Late Night Program and child care, to other Parks and school district facilities. Seattle Parks thanks the community for their patience during construction and looks forward to celebrating the completion of the project.

For more information on this project, please visit

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Seattle Parks issues RFP for marina design, development, operation and maintenance

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for a partner or partners to make a major capital investment in the development, renovation and improvement of its existing moorages at Leschi and Lakewood marinas in the Leschi neighborhood, and who will manage these marinas on a long term basis.

The term of lease is flexible and subject to negotiation, based on the financing requirements and length of time needed to recoup the capital investment.

To download a copy of the Request for Proposals packet and its attachments, including a list of supporting engineering, design and survey documents, please click on this link to the Seattle Parks’ Partnership RFP website:

Proposals are due Friday, June 21, 2013 and should be submitted to:

Seattle Parks and Recreation
Attn: Dan Iverson
800 Maynard Ave. S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134-1334
Office: 206-233-0063

Please note that Parks cannot accept electronic submissions of proposals.