City seeks proposals for redevelopment of Bldg 2 in Magnuson Park


Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking proposals for the redevelopment and renovation of Building 2, the largest former airplane hangar in Warren G. Magnuson Park. Proposals should include the management and operation of recreation, arts and cultural or environmental programming that will be open to the public. This is a rare opportunity to develop a major facility in a prime location. Seattle Parks and Recreation does not have designated funding for this redevelopment and as a result, proposals should include a funding plan.\

Through this Request for Proposal (RFP) process, Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for a partner who can make a significant capital investment in Building 2 in exchange for a long-term lease or concession agreement. While SPR encourages interested groups to work in partnership to develop a comprehensive proposal, the department intends to enter into an agreement with only one proposer. Therefore, only proposals where a designated sole lead entity or organization is clearly defined will be accepted.

Proposals are due Friday, June 3, 2016 by 4 p.m. and should be mailed to:

The City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, Attention: Dan Iverson, Tenant Development Coordinator, 6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 109E, Seattle, Washington 98115,

SPR will host pre-submittal conferences and site tours on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m., Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. and on March 14 at 3 p.m. The events will be held at Building 2, 7727 63rd Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, 98115.

To download a copy of the Request for Proposals packet including reference documents and supplemental information, please visit:

Community encouraged to review site improvement plan for Magnuson Park’s Building 11

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to discuss the site improvements proposed by Cascade Bicycle Club near Building 11 in Magnuson Park during a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Belvedere Terrace Room at The Brig in Magnuson Park, 6344 NE 74th St.

The Cascade Bicycle Club is a long-term partner in Magnuson Park. The group is proposing to construct:

  • Wood post and beam canopies on the east and west sides of Building 11.
  • Building 40 (Paint Shop) renovations for bicycle repair and storage.
  • A planter wall to capture groundwater seepage from a hillside retaining wall.
  • A traffic garden layout for conducting safety classes in a portion of the west alley.

[Read more…]

Seattle Parks’ gardeners teach hands-on learning in Magnuson Park

Students in Magnuson Park photo by Jessica Levine

Students in Magnuson Park. Photo by Jessica Levine

Seattle Parks and Recreation believes that parks make excellent classrooms, and this June, we tested that theory with the help of 300 students.

Students pull invasive plant species in Magnuson Park. Photo by Jessica Levine

Students pull invasive plant species in Magnuson Park. Photo by Jessica Levine

On June 9, 10 and 11, Seattle Parks Northeast District Gardeners led approximately 300 sixth graders from Eckstein Middle School on field trips throughout Magnuson Park. The event was the culmination of their sixth-grade science unit on stormwater.

The gardeners shared the history of the site’s transformation from pristine wilderness, to naval airstrip and base, to constructed wetlands. The students learned about invasive weeds, native wetland vegetation, resident wildlife, and how they all relate to cleaning up stormwater before it reaches Lake Washington. [Read more…]

Magnuson Park Advisory Council hosts community visioning workshop for future of Building 2

The Magnuson Park Advisory Council invites the community to a visioning workshop for Building 2 in Warren G. Magnuson Park from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. Join the advisory council for a lively day of community interaction around a historically significant building in Magnuson Park.

Registered attendees will receive maps to the locations. The event begins promptly at 1 p.m. with a 40-minute tour of Building 2. For safety reasons, late arrivals will not be accommodated, and all tours will be guided. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and consider bringing a flashlight. The tour is not ADA compliant. [Read more…]

Making parks enjoyable to people and wildlife through creative compromise

Beaver in Magnuson Park. Photo by Robert Vandenbosch

Beaver in Magnuson Park. Photo by Robert Vandenbosch

Seattle was recently named one of the top 10 cities for wildlife and we take that title seriously. Every day Seattle Parks and Recreation works at stewarding a healthy environment for people and nature. Recently our creative environmental stewardship efforts have led beavers to establish their habitat in Magnuson Park.

Seattle Parks’ staff started noticing beaver activity in the central wetlands last spring, and by December 2014, the water level in the north Promontory Pond was 4 feet above the designed level. Staff were challenged with protecting the trails and vegetation, without destroying the beavers’ habitat. In order to keep beavers in residence, staff had to come up with a compromise between human and natural use of the wetlands. [Read more…]

Water access re-opened at Magnuson Off-leash Area

Good news! Seattle Parks and Recreation has re-opened access to the water at the Magnuson Park dogs off-leash area.

Earlier this month, toxic algae had been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the off-leash area.

Tests of the water this week by the King County Water and Land Resources Division show that the toxin levels are normal and the lake waters are now safe for dogs and humans. Water access had been closed at the popular dog park since Jan. 14, 2015.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.


Access to water temporarily closed at Magnuson Off-leash Area

page-0Toxic algae scum spotted in Lake Washington

As a precaution, Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at the Magnuson Park dogs off-leash area.

Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the off-leash area. Toxic algae blooms are most common in the summer and fall, but can occur any time.

King County Department of Natural Resources collected water samples and submitted them to the State Toxic Algae Program. The information was reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Tests have revealed that the toxins are currently found in the scummy algae that accumulate in some places along the shore.

In general, people and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated and dogs should not drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae. Out of an abundance of caution, Parks closed beach/water access in the off-leash area until it is deemed safe for dogs to swim and play in the water.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.


Remember Sand Point’s first flight around the world on Sept. 28

The community is invited to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first flight around the world from Seattle’s Sand Point Airfield at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The event takes place at the former Naval Air Station Sand Point, now known as Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE).

Ninety years ago, more than 50,000 people and a 21-gun salute greeted the returning bi-planes and U.S. Army airmen when they landed at 1:28 p.m. on Sept. 28, 1924. The 175-day flight was tracked by millions of people around the world. The pilots were met in many countries by kings and heads of state.

A reenactment of the landing will take place at Sand Point’s North Shore, now Sand Point Naval Air Station Historic District. Public officials will greet the pilot and the audience will be entertained with an interview about the exploits of the journey. The Sedentary Sousa Band will play and a base tour will follow.

This event is part of a Naval Air Station Sand Point reunion weekend and is open to the public. A symposium on the first flight and Sand Point’s place in this military and aviation history will be held at the Museum of Flight (9404 E Marginal Way S) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.27. Dan Hagedorn, chief curator; Capt. Ron Miller, U.S. Navy (retired), former Commanding Officer at Sand Point; and Commander Cori Parker, leader, U.S. Navy Centennial Celebration are keynote panelists.

Interested members of the public will be invited to share memories and be videotaped as part of the “Sand Point Remembered” oral history project.

For more information, please visit or email

This event was planned by the Friends of Sand Point and is funded in part by grants from 4Culture and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.




Magnuson Park welcomes the Seattle Waldorf School to Building 11

Magnuson Park will welcome a new resident partner organization this month when the ribbon is cut outside of Seattle Waldorf School’s new high school campus in the historic landmark Building 11. The grand opening celebration will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28. The event will include campus tours, games, lemonade and dessert.

The Seattle Waldorf School is an independent school enrolling nearly 400 children ages 18 months to 18 years old. Its innovative curriculum is rooted in the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner engaging children’s heads, hearts and hands to develop their innate talents and abilities.

Since April, crews have been working hard to transform 15,000 square feet Magnuson’s Building 11 into science labs, art and dance studios, and humanities classrooms.

School representatives said they’re excited to be in a place as vibrant and spacious as Magnuson Park with views of Lake Washington, and an array of opportunities for collaboration with other park members.

“We think the Seattle Waldorf School will be a great addition to the park,” Magnuson Park Manager Brian Judd said.

The new Seattle Waldorf School location will be at 7777 62nd Ave NE inside Magnuson Park’s Building 11.


Mini golf course opens at Magnuson Park

Head over to the Tennis Center Sand Point and get ready to…golf?

This June an outdoor mini golf course opened in Magnuson Park. The course sits in between two tennis center pavilions and was opened by one of the center’s co-founders, Scott Marshall.

“The tennis center has about 3,000 members,” Marshall said. “In the summer when traffic is down, we want to give people a reason to come and be able to enjoy the weather.”


The course is one of the few mini public courses in Seattle and opened through an agreement with Seattle Parks and Recreation. Marshall said the course is slated to be open during the next five summers from Memorial Day through the end of September.

“The tennis day campers really enjoy it,” employee Bobbie Ellison said. “Plus, it brings outsiders in to play putt putt, and then they end up learning about our tennis facility.”

For mini golf course hours and pricing information, please click here.