Community input needed for High Point Community Center play area renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to provide input on the High Point Community Center play area renovation project on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW.  The landscape architect, project planner and project manager will provide information on the renovation project and gather community input on play features and amenities. The play area is south of the community center near the tennis courts. This is an all-ages event with light snacks and children’s activities. We encourage all to attend and participate by providing input on the best play area design option for the High Point neighborhood.

This project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements, and improve safety and other features at the park. Please participate in a survey for the project.

The Seattle Park District provided the funding for this play area improvement project. Approved by Seattle 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.

A survey for the play area project, translated meeting notices and additional information can be found here http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/high-point-play-area-renovation. If you have questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Karimah Edwards, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-233-0063 or karimah.edwards@seattle.gov

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to review schematic design of Smith Cove Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the Smith Cove Park project on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project and provide input on the schematic design for Seattle’s new waterfront park. Smith Cove Park is located just west of Pier 91 at the foot of Magnolia Hill on Elliott Bay at 1451 23rd Ave.

 This project will develop the 4.9-acre easterly waterfront property (east of 23rd Ave. W) and make improvements to the westerly property which is the playfield at Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Ave. W). The expanded park will provide opportunities for active and passive recreation for all ages and abilities, increase environmental sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people. Improvements to enhance the playability of the field used for youth sports will also be made to the existing playfield at Smith Cove Park. Thank you to everyone who participated in the first meeting. We encourage you to attend this meeting and see how your input has helped shape the design.

 In early 2016, Seattle Parks and Recreation hired GGN as the design consultant. GGN and Seattle Parks and Recreation will use the outreach and concept completed by the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) in 2015 as the starting point for the design of the park. 

 For more information on the park and the project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/smith-cove-park-development or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov.

 

Community invited to participate in Victor Steinbrueck Park renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the Victor Steinbrueck Park renovation project by providing input on Tues. October 4, 2016 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Ave. Seattle, 98101. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project, review design options and provide input on the renovation.  Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Walker Macy, design consultant will present the proposed design options, gather input and answer questions.  lmerc52011

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates funding to improve Victor Steinbrueck Park public safety including but not limited to improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children’s play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping.  In addition, the park partially sites atop a privately owned parking garage. The membrane between the westerly portion of the park and the parking garage below is failing.  A complete replacement of the membrane will be necessary as part of the renovation.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s design team will continue to work with the community to prioritize park improvements and anticipates presenting a final design for the park in early 2017. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been and will continue to be engaging organizations including the Chief Seattle Club, the Friends of Market, surrounding residents and business and homeless advocates regarding the park renovation. We encourage the community and park users to attend and participate in the design process.

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/victor_steinbrueck/ Visitors to this site may also access an on-line Open House starting Friday, Sept 30, 2016.  For additional question please contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov

 

Matthews Beach Bathhouse renovations start soon

Matthews Beach bathhouse renovation will begin in mid-November. The bathhouse will get a new roof, its restroom will be upgraded to meet ADA accessibility standards, and other features will be improved.  The bathhouse, at Matthews Beach Park in northeast Seattle (49th Ave. NE and NE 93rd St.), is expected to be completed by April 2014.

The beach area and restrooms will be open according to normal seasonal schedules. The contractor will work with Parks staff to make sure access is provided as necessary for special aquatic events.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee received City Council approval to use Levy inflation funding for 17 much needed major maintenance projects.  Matthews Beach bathhouse is one such project. The Levy allocates $350,000 to plan, design and construct the Matthews Beach bathhouse.

For more information about Matthews Beach renovation project, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/matthews_beach/bathhouse.htm  If you have questions about the project, please contact project manager Peggy Tosdal at peggy.tosdal@seattle.gov or 206-612-1387.

 

Seattle Parks invites community to review schematic designs for Montlake play area renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the second public meeting for the Montlake Play Area on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Montlake Community Center. Montlake Community Center is located at 1618 E. Calhoun Street.

In September, Parks conducted a workshop to help gather input about this neighborhood park play area and the equipment that will be installed. At this second meeting, Parks will present the schematic designs that were developed from input and will gather additional public comments. The third and final meeting to be held in December is an opportunity for the community to see the final design, and to learn about the next steps in the project. The play area is located at 1618 E. Calhoun Street, Seattle, WA 98112.

Parks encourages the community to come and provide input on the play equipment and design features that work best for your neighborhood.

For more information or to see notes from the first meeting held in September please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/montlake

or contact Pamela Kliment, Parks Planner at 206-684-7556 or Pamela.Kliment@seattle.gov.

Sandel Play Park Opens After Renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation opened the new play area at Sandel Park on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Located in the Greenwood neighborhood at 9053 1st Avenue NW, this renovation project improves access and provides safer play equipment that builds upon the natural landscape at the park. 

The community initiated renovation project received planning funding through a Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF). The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided the funding for final design and construction. Low fencing will remain in place near the play area to allow the grass to establish.

In the last six months, Seattle Parks has opened four additional renovated play areas in parks around the city: Fairmount Park, Matthews Beach, Lawton Park and Beacon Hill Park. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy funding provided necessary ADA access improvements, improved safety standards on play equipment, and increased overall visibility into the park for safety at all hours for these existing play areas.

Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by a 59% vote in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provides improvements to 23 neighborhood play areas and development funding for projects such as improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities.

For more information please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/sandel/playground.htm or contact Kelly Davidson, Project Manager Kelly.davidson@seattle.gov.

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Carkeek Salmon Slide to Undergo Renovation

After years of enjoyment by children from far and wide, the iconic salmon slide in the Carkeek Park playground is showing wear and tear and will undergo repairs from Monday, June 21 through Tuesday, June 29, 2010. 

The slide is useable but the inside is pitted and bumpy, and the outside is faded in many places. Tom Jay, the sculptor who installed the functional art piece almost 12 years ago, will be in the park to repair the inside of the slide to uniform smoothness, and the outside to its original Chum salmon colors. Cold or stormy weather may cause delays. Workers will install a fence to protect the restoration work while it is in progress. 

This work is made possible thanks to a generous private donor and the assistance of the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, and the Associated Recreation Council. 

Tom Jay has been an active member of the Northwest Art Community since 1966, when he built the first bronze casting facility for Seattle University. He went on to supervise and construct casting facilities at the University of Washington. Upon completion of an MFA from the University of Washington in 1969, he established Riverdog Fine Arts Foundry which cast, in addition to his own work, sculpture for such notable Northwest sculptors as Tony Angell, Hilda Morris, Phil Levine, Richard Kirsten, Louise McDowell, George Tsutakawa, Everett DuPen, Ann Morris, John Hoover, Marvin Oliver, Larry Anderson, Gizel Berman, Doug Granum, Barry Herem, Clayton James, Jeff Day, and others. 

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Renovation for Children’s Play Area at Rainier Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a community meeting to discuss the renovation of the Rainier Playfield Play Area and to gather public input on the new design. The meeting will be Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S. 

This renovation project, identified in the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, will replace the existing play equipment and improve site conditions related to the play area. One of the design goals is to move all the play equipment closer together and eliminate the conflict between vehicle traffic within the park and the play area.  Site improvements may also include picnic tables, benches, barbecues, improved pathways, and art. Construction is planned for 2011. 

In-house Senior Landscape Architect Pamela Alspaugh has begun site analysis work for this renovation and would like to hear from the community about the conceptual designs that will be presented at the meeting. Children are welcome and encouraged to join in the discussion. 

Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provides acquisition funding for new neighborhood parks and green spaces and 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, please visit http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/projects/rainier_pf/ or contact Virginia Hassinger, Project Manager at 206-233-7936 or Virginia.hassinger@seattle.gov

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Community Invited to Public Meeting to Discuss Northacres Park Renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the second public meeting for the Northacres Park Play Area and Spray Park project on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Haller Lake Community Club, 1257 Densmore Ave. N., to discuss the play area renovation and the spray park addition to Northacres Park.  The public is encouraged to come learn about the project, to meet the design team, and to provide input on the schematic design and spray park features.   

Northacres Park is located at 12718 1st Ave NE and was identified in the Parks and Green Spaces Levy as a location for playground renovation. This project renovates the play area and converts the existing wading pool into a spray park. Key considerations in designing the project are safety, water/energy conservation and selection of spray features and play equipment that the community finds engaging. 

Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by a 59% vote in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provides acquisition funding for new neighborhood parks and green spaces and 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, please contact Kelly Goold, Project Manager 206-684-0586, kelly.goold@seattle.gov or visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/northacres/playground_spraypark.htm 

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