Brighton Playfield field closes as construction begins

Play area, tennis courts and north lawn remain open

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) begins construction for the Brighton Playfield Renovation project, 6000 39th Ave. S, just north of Aki Kurose Middle School in mid-June 2019. SPR will replace the existing lighted natural turf playfield with a new lighted and renovated multi-sport, all season 200,000 sq. ft. synthetic turf field. The new field will use an alternative infill material, and LED lighting. It will accommodate baseball, softball, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and football. The renovation will provide new/upgraded accessible pathways, spectator areas, and better connections to the existing park features. Additionally, outdoor adult exercise equipment will be installed near the play area and the restroom/comfort station will be renovated to meet Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards.

During the design phase, we identified the opportunity to improve Seattle Public Utilities(SPU) drainage and wastewater sewer assets located in the project area. SPR and SPU are working together to incorporate SPU’s sewer mainline repairs into the Brighton Playfield Renovation Contract to improve City efficiency and minimize construction impacts. For this project, SPU will repair eight (8) sewer mainlines using cure-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining technology. Implementing these repairs to existing sewer mainline pipes reduces the need for more costly future repairs and will help ensure reliable sewer service in this area. Affected residents will be notified prior to construction for site specific impacts and instructions. More information can be found here: www.seattle.gov/utilities/environment-and-conservation/projects/sewer-repair/.

Construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year with the field opening in early 2020. During construction the play area, tennis courts, basketball courts, north lawn and volleyball area will remain open. SPR and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impacts to the neighborhood and school.

Brighton Playfield is covered by the City’s Priority Hire program, which requires that contractors hire individuals living in economically distressed communities in Seattle and King County to work 32% of the project hours. Priority Hire creates equitable access to construction training and living-wage employment through worker development and public works investments. For more information on the Priority Hire program, go to www.seattle.gov/priorityhire.

This park project is made possible by the voter-approved Seattle Park District, which provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for SPR, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

To see the plan and the area to be fenced off during construction please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/brighton-playfield-renovation or for more information please contact Jay Rood at jay.rood@seattle.gov or 206-733-9194.