Community encouraged to provide input on 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition Strategies and learn about upcoming improvements for Brighton Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to provide input on SPR’s 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition strategies for open space on Saturday, Feb 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Ave. S) during a Housing Affordability and Livability (HALA) Open House.

This open house is being held in conjunction with other City departments and provides an opportunity for the community to learn about SPR’s walkability mapping and to give input on priorities for long-term open space acquisition goals. SPR will also present the schematic design for the Brighton Playfield renovation project.

The 2017 Development Plan is a 6-year plan that documents and describes SPR facilities and lands, looks at Seattle’s changing demographics, and lays out a vision for the future. A goal in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan is to consider access to our parks by transit, bicycle, and on foot when acquiring, siting and designing new park facilities or improving existing ones. SPR manages approximately 11% of the City’s land area, and is proposing a new mapping approach based upon walkability to inform the City’s long-term acquisition strategies for future open space.

For more information on other Housing Affordability and Livability(HALA) community events and to see which City departments will be attending, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/hala/calendar.

For more information about our development plan please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/policies-and-plans/2017-development-plan or contact Susanne Rockwell, Project Manager at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.govor 206-684-7133, or 2017DevPlan@seattle.gov

For more information about Brighton Playfield renovation please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/brighton-playfield-renovation or contact Jay Rood, Project Manager at jay.rood@seattle.gov or 206-733-9194.

Walt Hundley Playfield Renovations Completed

Seattle Parks and Recreation today announced the completion of the Walt Hundley Playfield renovation, which is adjacent to West Seattle’s High Point Community Center. West Seattle Soccer Club is inaugurating the field with a day full of youth soccer games on Saturday, November 5, 2011.  

“We are excited about the opportunities this venue opens up for us, as this will be one of the very few synthetic lined U-10 and U-11 surfaces in the Puget Sound area,” said Tim McMonigle, West Seattle Soccer Club board member. “We are thrilled about the difference the quality of fields such as Hundley and the other new venues, Hiawatha and Delridge, have brought to our membership and West Seattle.”

The renovation includes replacement of the existing surface with synthetic turf and ADA access from the east side of the field and renovated bleachers. The completed field has inlaid lines supporting, one adult soccer pitch, one U-11 soccer pitch, three U-10 soccer pitches, football hash marks and Ultimate Frisbee reference marks.

In April 2011, the Seattle City Council allocated funding from the Parks & Green Spaces Levy to two field projects, Walt Hundley and Washington Park Playfield. Seattle voters passed the Parks & Green Spaces Levy by an impressive 59% vote in November 2008. The $146 million levy provides for 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/projects/walt_hundley/ or contact Parks Project Manager Ted Holden at (206) 684-7021 or ted.holden@seattle.gov

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Seattle Parks to hold meetings on potential renovation of Montlake Playfield football/soccer field

Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold two public meetings to share information with the community about potential renovations to the Montlake Playfield football/soccer field. 

The first is Monday, October 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Montlake Community Center, 1618 E Calhoun St. and the second is Thursday, October 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Montlake Community Center Tudor Building, 1618 E Calhoun St. 

Currently this field is virtually unplayable. The site was surrounded by “low, swampy ground covered with swamp grass and rushes,” according to a 1937 letter from the City Engineer. The low basin that is now the playfield was originally a peat bog. 

Despite repeated filling over the years, the playfield has been only intermittently playable because of uneven pressures on the viscous peat below that cause upheavals in the playfield area and shore lands. Field conditions continue to deteriorate and require seasonal renovation projects every year, including reseeding of the entire field, removal of existing turf, and importing thousands of pounds of sand and sod. 

There is now a renovation proposal before the City that would replace the current surface with a donated synthetic turf surface which would provide a sustainable field requiring less daily and annual maintenance and would meet the principal goals of a major renovation of the field: 

  • Increase playable hours.
  • Promote safety by providing an even surface with no bare patches or holes in the ground, thus reducing the risk of injury to ankles and knees.
  • Reduce the year round costs of field maintenance.
  • Reduce the expense of field preparation.
  • Conserve water, fertilizer, and reduce the use of soil amendments.

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Ballfield Lighting Turned On to Discourage Illegal Fireworks

Seattle Parks and Recreation will activate the field lighting on synthetic ballfields throughout the city on the evening of Sunday, July 4, to protect the synthetic surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at approximately 8:45 p.m. and will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field. 

All the fields have been renovated over the past five years and benefit field users including soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse.  Fireworks destroy the synthetic turf, and are illegal in the City of Seattle. 

Seattle Parks and Recreation appreciates all the community involvement in the field restorations and reminds the community to be good stewards of the synthetic fields.   

The lights will be turned on at 8:45 p.m. at the following fields, and turned off at the time noted: 

  • Bobby Morris at Cal Anderson Park off at 11 p.m.

1635 11th Ave

  • Genesee Upper Playfield off at 11 p.m.

4316 S Genesee St.

  • Georgetown Playfield off at 11 p.m.

750 S Homer St.

  • Hiawatha Playfield off at 11 p.m.

2700 California Ave. SW

  • Lower Woodland Playfield #2 and #7 off at 11 p.m.

Aurora Ave. N and N 59th St.

  • Magnuson #5 (Rugby), #6, #7 off at 10 p.m.

2518 34th Ave. W

  • Miller Playfield off at 10 p.m.

330 19th Ave. E

For additional questions contact Park’s security officer Dave Waterson at 206-423-0526.

Grand Opening for Garfield Baseball Field

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to celebrate the field renovation at Garfield Playfield on Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Garfield Baseball Field at 2323 E. Cherry Street.  The neighborhood is invited to come watch some baseball and check out the new field.

This renovation project is an excellent example of private and public funding working together to improve a park facility. Parks partnered with many generous companies that donated time and materials valued at over $200,000 to this playfield renovation. Ohno Construction, a local construction company, along with FieldTurf, and the Seattle Mariners were the primary contributors that worked to make this field usable for year round play. Additionally, King County contributed $45,000 through the King County Youth Sports Facility Grant Program.

The renovation included replacing the sand/silt infield with a synthetic turf infield and replacing the existing clam shell backstop with 30 foot high upright backstop.

“We were honored to work with these generous partners on this field renovation,” said Raft Hollingsworth, Athletic Fields Coordinator. “This field is now a competition level facility for Garfield Varsity Athletics, Little League and Returning Baseball to the Inner City (RBI).” 

For more information please contact Gary Gibbons, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-386-1511 or gary.gibbons@seattle.gov

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