Though Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved the Parks and Green Spaces Levy less than a year ago, Parks and Recreation has successfully bid, designed, started construction on, or completed seven projects, and has begun the planning and design process for nine more.
These projects improve five play areas, two ballfields, a boulevard, and the Magnuson Park trail, and include start of work on the Hubbard Homestead Park at Northgate, Jefferson Park, Chinook Beach, and Bell Street Park Boulevard projects.
“I couldn’t be more pleased that we’ve been able to get this Levy off the ground in such a hurry,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tim Gallagher. “Normally we would not be this far along in a six-year Levy, but Mayor Nickels’ Jobs Forward Initiative and great staff work have translated into great progress and an estimated 95 jobs. Of the 59 named projects in the Levy, we’re under way on more than half of them.”
- The Magnuson Park Trail along NE 65th, which involves construction of a multi-use trail to the Lake Shore Promenade, will ease congestion and provide a safe and scenic route to Lake Washington waterfront. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/magnuson/entry_65.htm
- Ballfield #2 at Woodland Park, a project that involves replacing the all-weather sand/silt surface with synthetic turf, will soon open for soccer and lacrosse play: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lower_woodland/playfields.htm
Projects that will be complete by mid-November 2009
- Five play area projects that provide for replacement of play equipment, access improvements, and compliance with play area safety standards:
- Atlantic City Playground:
- Bayview Playground: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/bayview/playground.htm
- Bhy Kracke Playground: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/bhy_kracke/playground.htm
- Brighton Playground: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/brighton/playground.htm
- John C. Little, Jr. Play Area: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/john_little/park.htm
- Ballfield #7 at Woodland Park, another project that involves replacement of all-weather sand/silt surface with synthetic turf and new, energy-efficient and neighbor-friendly lights, will soon open for soccer and lacrosse play: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lower_woodland/playfields.htm /. There will be a celebration during the second week in November.
Projects under construction
- Children’s Playgarden at Colman Playground project, which will result in the creation of a playgarden, basketball courts, a renovated shelterhouse, a family play plaza, a treehouse, a marsh, and a rock scramble, all available and inviting for kids of all ages and abilities.
- The Chinook Beach restoration project, which will help reach the goals of the regional Salmon Recovery Plan, is under way: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/chinook_beach/
- Hubbard Homestead Park in the Northgate Urban Center is a project involving the conversion of a 3.73-acre park and ride facility to a new urban park. It will provide open space in this growing neighborhood, and amenities for low, medium, and high intensity uses, including spaces for contemplation and recreation. The project broke ground last month and will be ready for public use in the summer of 2010: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/hubbard_homestead/
- The Queen Anne Boulevard project, which will provide new sidewalks, improved planting strips, irrigation, and landscaping in three segments of the Boulevard, is underway: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/queen_anne_blvd/default.htm
Projects in the planning and design phase
- The Bell Street Park Boulevard project, an innovative creation of new open space in Belltown, will turn four blocks of Bell Street between First and Fifth Avenues into a boulevard with swales, natural landscaping, and open community space, and adds 1.55 acres of new park space: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/bell_street/boulevard_park.htm
- The Camp Long project, which involves renovation of the lodge built by the Works Progress Administration and dedicated in 1941, will help the building maintain its stature as a unique community gathering space that welcomes and encourages environmental education and recreation. It is in the planning and design phase: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/camp_long/
- The Delridge Playfield project, which will include new synthetic turf and energy-efficient, neighbor-friendly lights, drainage, and access for people with disabilities, will be ready for Ultimate Frisbee, baseball, and softball in the fall of 2010: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/delridge_playfield/
- The Genesee Playfield project includes new synthetic turf and access for people with disabilities; it will be ready for Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and possibly football in the fall of 2010: http://inwebdev/parksfm/projects/happenings/proparks/Pro_Parks_Info.asp?ID=409
- At Jefferson Park work to implement the adopted Site Plan, begun with funding from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy, continues with Phase One, developed in partnership with the community: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/jefferson/park.htm
- Renovations to the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, a historic landmark, will bring the building up to current seismic standards; it is in the planning and design phase: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/langston_hughes/
- The Seward Park Playground project will result in a unique play area to serve local families and visitors alike because of its naturalistic character. The vision is that the play area will appeal to very young children and teens alike, and will include features that provide a great place to explore and interact with nature. It is in the planning and design phase: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/seward/playground.htm
Planning and design has begun on these projects; watch for their web pages here soon: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/development.htm
- 9th Ave. NW
- Beacon Hill Playground
- Fairmont Playground
- Georgetown Playfield Spray Park Conversion
- Golden Gardens Playground
- Highland Park Spray Park Conversion
- Lawton Park Playground
- Matthews Beach Playground
- Northacres Park Playground and Spray Park Conversion
- Ross Playfield Playground
- Sandel Playground
- Washington Park Arboretum
- West Seattle Reservoir
- Maple Leaf Reservoir
Park land acquisition projects
- Parks has acquired .66 acre to add to the Me Kwa Mooks Natural Area.
- Parks has added .12 acre to the Duwamish Head Greenbelt near the West Seattle Bridge.
- Parks will close on a .25-acre land purchase at Thornton Creek.
- Appraisals are under way for properties Parks hopes to acquire in Lake City, Capitol Hill, and First Hill.