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Help Seattle Parks and Recreation design the new play area at Hiawatha Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to participate in the design for the new play area at Hiawatha Playfield. Please join the design team at the Hiawatha Community Center Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn about the proposal to demolish and rebuild the play area at Hiawatha Playfield. Additionally, the community is asked to participate in a quick survey ( ) to help inform the design. Community involvement is essential in developing this new play area and we hope to hear from you.

The goal of this project is to transfer the location of the play area from the north end of the park to the grass area just south of the wading pool. The project includes new play equipment and restoration of the old play area site. The new location will improve visibility and access for all. Hiawatha Playfield and Community Center are located at 2800 California Ave. SW.

Following the October meeting, the design team will incorporate community input in site and play equipment options that will be presented at a second meeting in early 2020.

Funding for this park is provided by the Seattle Park District. The Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog for Seattle Parks and Recreation as well as other facilities including the Aquarium and Zoo. The Seattle Park District helps improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserves the urban forest, performs day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provides more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, supports programs for people of all ages and abilities, and acquires and develops new park land.

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For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations, please contact Ed Pottharst at or 206-386-4232.

Thank you to the Hiawatha Community Center and the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) for their partnership with the community engagement for this project.